What exciting times we are in as a church family! The new monthly service for everyone - 4All - is going really well, and all the comments are really positive. Thank you for being part of this new worship event – an opportunity for all the family of the church to be together, and to share in worship and fellowship. If you haven’t yet given it a go, do come and join us. It is at 10.45am on the first Sunday of the month, and there is something for everyone!
The Leadership Team are very aware that bringing together people in the church means that people are meeting others whose names they don’t know, and whose stories they don’t know either. Would you be part of helping us to get to know each other a bit better? Would you be able to send a picture of you (and your family) with names clearly showing who is who in the photograph, to my Administrator Caroline Warrey? And if you can say a bit about yourself/your family that would help even more. Things like where you grew up/what jobs you have done/when you became a Christian/any interesting facts we may not know! If you could do this in February then Caroline can soon put together a church family photograph album which we will keep in church so if you aren’t sure of someone’s name, you can go and take a look in the album. But the big challenge will be getting everyone to do this! If sending something by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is too much of a challenge to you, then drop the photo in an envelope through the Manse door with a note describing who is in the photo (please don’t presume that I know all your names either – I’m still learning too!). I hope that this will help us learn each other’s names and grow closer together as a family.
We also have had a wonderful time sharing in an Advent Course watching the BBC Nativity DVD before Christmas. In fact it was so popular that we are going to watch another DVD – Chocolat – for a Lent Course. Join us first of all on Saturday 15th March at 7pm to watch the Chocolat film together, and then on five Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm on 18th and 25th March, and 1st, 8th and 15th April. We had a great time last time. Why not come and join us for this next film session?
There is a lot going on in the life of our church – which fills me with delight, and huge thankfulness for all your hard work and commitment and participation. Isn’t this a wonderful family to be part of? One more thing for you to look out for — there will be special events during Holy Week to help us prepare for Good Friday and Easter. Do join in as you wish and as you are able – take the time in quiet reflection as we prepare to accept once more the gift of life that Jesus gave us through his death and resurrection.
God bless you,
Rev'd. Denise Harding
Written by the Minister & Members