Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
by Sharon Jaynes
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family - I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family - I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family - It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s contada but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.
Love doesn’t give, only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Sunday 2oth December
10.30am - the family Nativity Service. The children from Shell Group and Sunday School will present Jesus Birthday Party.
6.00pm - Candlelight Carol Service
Monday 21st December
7.00pm - Candlelight Carol Service
4.00pm - Christingle Service
11.00pm - Holy Communion
11am - Christmas Day Service
Sunday 27th December
10.30am - Morning Worship
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Huge thanks to all who worked so hard - on stalls, preparing and serving lunches, setting out or tidying away.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
The production promises to follow in the great tradition of Riding Lights by using humour and drama to both entertain and throw light on our relationships with one another and with God. The company are currently on tour in the UK and are receiving good reviews for their performance. To read the opinion of the reviewer from the York evening press follow this link
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Then they did map reading and orienteering
The branding is always an exctiting activity - lots of smoke and flames!
Sunday, 18 October 2009
The morning service was a parade, and the church was full. The children brought offerings of fruit and vegetable baskets, bunches of flowers and boxes of cereals. Rev Neil Drayton led the service which involved lots of measuring (of leeks) and counting (of apples), and the children from the Shell Group, Beavers and Cubs sang "Always Remember, Never Forget to Say Thank You" with great gusto.
In the evening service, the theme of Measuring our Faith was further developed, as we thought of Christians who we measure ourselves against.
The choir sang the John Rutter anthem "Look at the World", which you can hear on the video file below.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
The musical tells the story of the Jesus Folk - mixing figures from the Bible with contemporary characters. It shows how Jesus changed the lives of those he met and challenges us to invite Jesus into our lives today.
It lasts about 1 hour 40 minutes with a 20 minute interval when tea and biscuits will be served.
Admission is free but there will be a plate for donations towards The Kings Cross Project and Overseas Medical Missions.
If you want to see pictures from our last performance, go to the blog posted on 11th of May.
Look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Not so slow during the Summer Break
Our regular weekday activities have been muted during the summer break, but not altogether absent, and we are ready to start on our new programme. Each Monday afternoon there is a working party of volunteers to attend to any jobs that need doing – changing light bulbs, plaster repairs, decorating, garden maintenance, boundary fence repairs, clearing gullies and drains, repairs to equipment – all the usual maintenance work.
Over summer we have arranged for external redecoration, painting and pointing, electrical and gas inspections, portable appliance testing (nearly 150 devices!) and conducted our Health and Safety Assessment and Fire Safety Assessment. We have arranged for fitted cupboards in the Lower Hall Store Room to replace free-standing cabinets – you can actually move around in there now – and we have had a thorough clear-out of two storerooms and under the stage, all of this done by our volunteer group, known affectionately as “Last of the Summer Wine”!
At the AGM several new proposals were accepted, one being this blog. Another is the Lending Library of faith related books that members have found helpful and are prepared to pass on. This is now established and a suitable display cabinet purchased. A further suggestion was a Prayer Garden, sited in an area currently unused and rather overgrown. It is a pity we have no photographs before work was started, but the undergrowth is now cleared and much effort has gone into removing significant sized tree stumps. Discussions have taken place on the proposal and we are working towards its completion. It should provide a space for quiet contemplation, and provide additional witness, as its situation is clearly visible from the road and the nearby bus stop.