Cafe Church – 8th Sept. 2019. Love Thy Neighbour.
Today was a celebratory day with five birthdays, including our own, as Cafe church has now been with us for 4 years.
We also celebrated Audrey playing the organ for us for over 50 years and presented her with a bouquet to mark the occasion.
Our theme was about having a relationship with God that effects our relationship with our neighbours and how we relate to them. There was a scripted conversation of a ‘before and after’ situation in dealing with an elderly or difficult neighbour and our usual readings and hymns on the subject. The children decorated keepsake boxes and we finished with prayers and The Grace.
A Baptism bridges a 231 year gap on 11th August 2019.
Today, St Bartholomew’s welcomed Reuben John Minshull, parents Steve and Emily and over a hundred guests to Reuben’s baptism.
A chapel was demolished by John Minshull and a new church built on the site in 1541 but no Minshull has been baptised, married or buried in the church or churchyard since 1788, a gap of 231 years. John, who resided in Minshull Hall, became the first minister of St Bartholomew’s and the church gave the village it’s name. This made the service especially historic and special to all.
The Rev. Anne Lawson took the service and we welcome Rueben to God’s family and the Minshulls back to the church of their ancestors.
11th August 2019, Cafe Church.
Today, our service was a united service for the benefice and we chose the subject of ‘Community’. There were readings, on how we should care for and sustain each other and during the interval, the table groups came up with examples of this in practice, which was then fed back for us all to hear. There were examples of community action changing towns, villages and even the whole world for people to see and the children coloured village postcards and handed them out to the congregation at the end of the service. Thank you to all who came and joined in!
Messy Church – Samuel – 28th July, 2019.
Today’s subject was the Old Testament prophet, Samuel. We watched a film about how he was given to the temple as a child, was called by God, listened to his word and became a great man. We had to search the church for clues to read who we should listen to and then we all talked about the people we listen to and what things we thought were important in our lives, like peace, love and friendship. Tim told us the story of the Man on his roof in a flood, who wouldn’t listen and we added Samuel to our Jesse Tree. Sam and Ellie told us about being on their school council, where they have to listen to their fellow pupils and then relay their suggestions to the teachers. We finished with ice creams, drinks and biscuits, before saying The Grace together..
During our Holy Communion service on Sunday July 21st we welcomed in to the family of God, Tahnee Shaw at her baptism. Tahnee’s proud parents, Stephanie and Todd, along with her Godparents, 50 or so guests and the regular congregation of St. Barts, pledged to support and guide Tahnee on her Christian journey through life. The service was conducted by the Rev. Anne.
Open Evening to see the Proposed Church Alterations
7:30 to 9pm 29th July 2019
All plans and specifications will be on display, with an opportunity to question the churchwardens and members of the PCC.
For our June meeting of Messy Church, we completed our story of Jacob. We learned how he forgave his brothers for the wrongs they had done him and how they brought his father to Egypt and they all lived there together. Apart from the story, we had a treasure hunt in the church grounds to find all the letters that spelled out the word ‘Forgiveness’. We also made and decorated ‘heart’ jigsaws, which we compared to our own hearts that can be broken when we are not forgiven. We thanked God for his forgiveness when we said the Lord’s Prayer and we ended with The Grace. During our refreshments we said ‘Good Bye‘ to Jean, a long time member of Messy Church, who is moving to her family in Scotland. We will miss her but we wish her well and we also pray for Tim and Liz as the time for the birth of their new baby draws near.