Our congregation braved the storm today to attend Cafe Church on the subject of the travels of St Paul. We heard about the problems he faced as he took the gospel to the people of the Roman Empire and the excess of the 15,000 miles he travelled. We had readings about his floggings, shipwrecks and imprisonments and of some of the miracles he performed. Finally we heard of his second trial in Rome and his death, before we closed with prayers and The Grace. Thank you to all who came and made it through the gales.
We made our Christingles today, after learning how they had started in Germany and what each part represented. There was a quiz and everyone did very well, but just in case you finished early there were pictures to colour in too. After lighting up the ‘glow sticks’ we sang a hymn, said our prayers, had our refreshments and the spare sweets went down a treat! After all that sugar, there was skipping and hula hoops, but nobody was in a rush to go home!
Our first service in the village hall, due to the church alterations, was on the subject of Help. We used the book called ‘ The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy and looked at the quotes and drawings. Two of the favourites were ‘ The boy asked the horse, “What was the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” “Help” said the horse’ and “Asking for help isn’t giving up” said the horse, “It’s refusing to give up”. We had a Bible passage on the centurion asking Jesus for help and heard about asking for help from Celia and ‘Coming Apart at the Seams’ from Jane. Everyone joined in with personal experiences and how we can help by up-cycling. Our minister in training, Jim, who is with us for 2 months, led the prayers and we finished with The Grace and singing along with The Hollies, ‘He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother’.
5th January 2020
St Bart’s is closed for remodelling.
All services normally held in the church will be in the Village Hall.
Re-opening approximately end of Feb to Middle of March 2020.
Carols and Readings with Sound & Light. Christmas Eve Service 24th Dec. 2019.
The church was full to bursting on Christmas Eve for our annual carol service, with Ruth Edge playing the organ and the Weaver Quintet accompanying her. As the readings by villagers and members of the congregation were heard, interspersed with favourite carols, the lighting effects changed with colours, sparkles and stars. Videos of the Annunciation and Star of Bethlehem appeared and the quintet played a Selection of Old Carols by Gustav Holst. The Rev. Anne led prayers and gave the final Christmas Blessing before the service ended with Images of Christ on the big screen, extra lighting effects and ‘Who wants to Live Forever’ sung by Collabro. Thank you to all who came, from both near and far, to join us in our celebration of the Birth of Christ.