We are asking people in advance, to bring in memorabilia, photos, medals, or artefacts to form a focal point for the service.
Then we would like people to share their stories, of those who either fought in a war or conflict, lived through these times at home or abroad and what sacrifices have been made in the name of peace.
If you would like to share a story yourself or would like one of the cafe Church Team to read it out on your behalf, then please let Tim or Jane Hough know in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org
We already have some artefacts and stories, but would welcome more from the wider community.
This promises to be a very emotional and reflective service with hymns and prayers that will all be based on peace.
Maybe you’ve not been to Cafe Church before and want to give it a try, please come along, you’ll be made most welcome.
Bells rang out on a sunlit Remembrance Sunday and a large number of Church Minshull people and friends gathered at St Bart’s to remember all those who had fought in recent conflicts and commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Tim Hough read the list of ‘the fallen’ and Jean Stockdale the lesson. As the Chimes of Big Ben rang out at 11 o’clock, all stood to observe the two minutes silence that ended with ‘The Last Post’. Wreaths were laid at village memorials to both World Wars by the church, parish council, Village Vision Group, village hall, The Badger Inn, the children of Messy and Cafe Church, the Sports and Social Committee and the ladies group. Prayers were said for peace and for our armed service personnel still in danger today. David Barrett and John Headon officiated and “PJ” Jones was in charge of the lighting and sound. A presentation on the role of women in the First World War by Dr Jo Barrett followed the service and there was a lasagna lunch provided by Ruth Ford, Kathryn Cronin and their team of helpers which raised £370 for the British Legion.
Finally, at 7pm a single bell rang a half muffle and a beacon on top of the church tower was lit, as part of the chain of beacons across the country from Westminster Abbey to all the corners and islands of the UK. This completed the ‘Battle’s Over’ commemoration of the 1918 centenary and St Bart’s was proud to be one of the 1,000 sites chosen and thankful to The Badger who invited the mass of villagers who turned up, to view the beacon from their vantage point.
We are again holding our “Carols Round The Tree” on Thursday 13th December 2018 with the Brass Band.
Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. Mulled wine and mince pies. All inside the Church if it is raining.
Don’t forget to bring a torch, gloves and a warm hat!
Our theme today was peace, so we talked about what peace means and did some poppy paintings, using potatoes and paint. Once dried these will be laminated and hung outside church. We did some noise activities, heard a story about a bear who couldn’t get any peace and had a sing song to ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’.
The work the children did on Sunday, making posters of poppies, have now gone onto the church railings and will remain there until after Remembrance Sunday. They make a wonderful sight and can be seen by all the passers by, in cars or on foot.
Our Harvest Festival Service was led by the Rev Anne and Bishop Willie who spoke of the varied fruit and vegetables we use and how in Polynesia there is a harvest all year round. He was surprised to meet Helen and Keith, who are new to our parish and he had met in New Guinea. Afterwards, there was a bring and share lunch and what a lot there was. We had a yet another bumper collection of food for the Nantwich Food Bank and we would like to express our thanks to all who so generously contributed.
This year we will again be donating all the food to the Nantwich Food Bank
Our theme for the day was ‘Fire’ and we looked at the way the Bible relates fire to God, from Moses and the ‘Burning Bush’ to Jesus and the ‘baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit’. At the interval we had indoor fireworks and the children made model ‘burning bushes’. Alfie wrote a prayer and read it out and we finished with a rousing Take That and ‘Relight my Fire’.
Today’s subject was Harvest Preparation and we decorated boxes for holding food for the Food Bank at our Harvest Festival. We also decorated plant pots and planted cress seeds to see how quickly they grow and to eat when they have. There was a special visitor, PC Nigel, who is one of our local officers and we were able to talk to him about his job keeping us all safe. When our refreshments were served, there were lots of cakes, but PC Nigel gave us some uniforms to try on before he took us outside to sit in his police car and try out his sirens and blue lights. It was a very exciting morning!