Just a few photos of the church during these darker days. The people have seen a great light.
Yesterday our younger friends had fun at our Saturday craft and fun day (we call JAMMY church). We made nativity scenes out of gingerbread, and enjoyed our regular puppeteer group. We did lots more craft, played games and sung carols. We express our ongoing gratitude to the puppeteers. Everyone had a fun time. We finished with a sit down roast meal for fifty of us.
Rachel and Richards monthly prayer group met at Rebecca and Marks yesterday. Ten of us attended. Richard played Piano and we prayed about many people who are associated with the church but are secular members or neighbours, or have certain needs. Our youngest friend played and read about Meccano and Desperate Dan.
December 8th to 14th Include in prayers for this week, Jammy Church (the craft and fun day), and in particular for (i) Jacquey, who will be leading the praise and children’s address; (ii) that the cooking goes well, and whatever the numbers, that there will be an abundance of food; and finally an “ask” for a good turn out from our “regulars”, as well as some new faces.
December 15th to 22nd In this week please include prayers for the Christmas Carol Service, in particular that no illness affects the choir, and musicians; and that the congregation will bring friends and family to the service.
We completed the last week of the advent course yesterday. Twelve of us attended. May we take the opportunity to thank Geoffrey for his efforts and to Pam for hosting us. Many people think that church members are indoctrinated into a single fixed doctrine of belief. The thoughts and ideas expessed here clearly exposed a wide range of interpretation and belief. We will be reconvening to start a five week session course between February and April to which you are welcome. Please speak to Geoffrey for more information.
In association with our Weekly and Monthly Prayer Groups, Richard and Rachel have instigated a Prayer Board right next to the Tea and Coffee hatch. Everyone is welcome to contribute to its contents or ask for prayers in the continuing book of prayer requests in the front lobby. Please have a look at the Prayer Board contents as you walk past, perhaps to inspire you in your own prayers.
We had a 70th birthday celebratory lunch for Colin and Dave, and a 50th birthday tea party for Diane. Our thanks to all the caterers especially Margaret who is stepping down as Catering organiser.
The Italian evening turned out to be a great event and £400 was raised. This has paid for a lady to attend leadership training in Rome from one of our partnership churches in Europe.
Thank you everybody who distributed the Christmas leaflets to the houses in the neighbourhood. We hope to encourage new friends and families to share in Christmas spirit.