Today’s Cafe Church, was a united service for the benefice and we were delighted to welcome members from the other three churches. Our subject was a continuation of The Bible, but this time we concentrated on the 23rd Psalm, ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’. We listened to it, sang it and learned a little about it and Jesus’ use of it. Alfie made balloon sheep and herded them round the church before we heard about The Bible Society and the story of Mary Jones from Alan. There was a film clip of Chinese people being given their first Bibles which showed how precious they are and we had a collection in aid of the society to help provide more. After prayers we finished with rousing singing of ‘Give me joy in my Heart’ and The Grace.
Our July Messy Church was all about fishermen and we heard about Jesus choosing Peter, Andrew, James and John for disciples, all of whom were fishermen.
We acted out the story of fishing on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus telling the fishermen to go further out, where they caught a wonderful catch.
Everyone then made fishing rods and wriggly fish before we had refreshments of cakes with fish decorations.
Our subject on this scorching Sunday was The Bible and a large crowd joined us, not to mention some four legged friends who tried out the coolness of the church. We watched a video of how the collection of 66 books formed The Bible and how the New Testament completed the story of the Old Testament. Some told us of their favourite parts and stories and Judith talked of the accessibility of the many different translations and lead our prayers. We finished with The Grace and there were handouts for us to read at home. Our next Cafe Church will be on the 12th August and will complete our topic with a collection for The Bible Society.
The subject today was prayer and John started the service with the different ways other religions talk to God in prayer. Celia read a poem called ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ and then the children were taken for a treasure hunt in the church grounds by Liz. They found the letters that made up the word ‘Prayer’ and then made quadrants with prayers inside. Jean told the story of The Lord’s Prayer and we joined together to say it at the end. Our drinks were accompanied by fruit jellies and butterfly buns outside because it was so warm. What a lovely time we all had.
The subject of Cafe Church today was given to us by one of the congregation, Hymns and Praise. We were pleased to welcome Emily Allen from Church House who is helping us with our planned pew removal. After looking at the Bible’s advice on praise we watched a film on famous quotations, which was well received. The congregation filled in lists of favorite hymns during the interval, which will be used in our service hymn selections and then ‘Named that Hymn’ after just a few notes. Not that easy, though most were identified immediately. The children were very busy making happy hands and felt flowers as can be seen in the photo of Alfie and Faye.
Our subject today was Love and Marriage and we heard about the Wedding at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle there. David did the reading from Corinthians and then we got Messy at the back of church. While the adults did a quiz on Royal Weddings, the children made heart pictures and prayers that hang up. After a hymn with the band, we decorated cakes with icings and cake decorations and then we ate them. Finally everyone left with a tube of Love Hearts.