Cafe Church Dedication at St Bart’s, 31st October, 2021.
We were delighted to welcome fellow worshippers from across the benefice today to our celebratory Cafe Church service to mark the dedication of the remodelling of our church. It was very full, which was in no small part due to the presence of inspirational Ian Bishop, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, who spoke first of how he had found his faith in Christ. Later, he spoke again of the role our church buildings play in our lives and communities and of the years of effort that had gone into the modernisation and restoration of St Bart’s. He chose our hymns and these were tied to readings on how we all come together to witness and share our faith. Ellie, wrote and read a prayer and with the other children, made key rings, fridge magnets and a decorated twig garden. Members of the congregation past and present were with us and our, now retired architect, John Carter, attended and spoke of the work he had undertaken on our behalf over the last three decades. We overran our time slot but nobody seemed to care as the time with Ian was so uplifting and everyone wanted to shake his hand and congratulate him on the way he had spoken to us all reminding us, “The Lord is with us, His Spirit is here”!