What a couple of months we've had! With some wonderful experiences too... June saw two 'firsts' for FMC and for me - an afternoon trail and garden party at the Manse; and the first of what I hope will be many Quiet Days, hosted by Pippa Jacobson.
Both of these were opportunities for being together - the first was a really fun afternoon exploring gardens of church members and friends (or as someone said to me - a chance to have a proper nosey at someone else's garden!). The second was a relaxed day sharing thoughts about being Amazed by God - and having created people in His image, encouraging each of us to see the potential that there is in each of us as people of an awesome God. And I experienced a first for myself too in July - spending a day at one of Gilly's Quiet Garden Days - led very sensitively by Wendy and Andrew Rudd, with the wonderful hospitality of Gareth and Gill Morgan. www.quietgarden.org
It was a wonderful day for me - a chance to rest in God's presence, and to think and reflect on the topic God was drawing me to. It was also lovely to meet new people and to have time to reflect and to write in my journal.
This year as a church we are hoping to continue our focus on teaching and discipleship - and the two 'firsts' we shared together, of fellowship and fun on a garden trail, and of being quiet and reflective together, are part of that focus. Please feel free to share in any future events (next year's Manse event will be on Saturday 21st June - put the date in your diary now). I long for us to take time to have fun together, getting to know each other more closely, learning and growing together as we walk arm in arm as fellow believers.
Finally, at the end of my first year with you in Frodsham, I want to say a big and very heartfelt thank you - to each one of you. For the things you do in the name of the Church, from looking after the finances, property and garden, to music and worship in church, leading groups, baking cakes (including apple crumble and chocolate brownies, which I love!), to lots of practical 'doing' of things, to helping to lead in the way God is taking us; and for the things you do to share your faith in everyday life - visiting people, being a good friend, talking about God to others, praying with and for people, volunteering in so many ways in the community, just being you.
The church wouldn't be the witness it is without you playing your part - what you bring to the fellowship, family and community is so important.
And I would like to close by giving thanks at the end of my first year for the good and positive ecumenical relationships shared in Frodsham - seen in action at the Rotary Fun Day recently at Castle Park. I invite you to join with me in praying for continued opportunities to share together and to be a united witness in this lovely town of Frodsham, and to give thanks for our sisters and brothers in the other churches in Frodsham, and for the work of Wellspring too.
God bless you,
Reverend Denise Harding
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