We started today with a hymn, ‘ We Love the Place, O God’ and we sang one verse at a time while we visited each part of the church mentioned.
Lesley explained how each was used and it’s significance and then we had our biscuits, cakes and drinks while we made bunting to decorate the church for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
St Bart’s was pleased to welcome friends and family of Rachel Lloyd and Benjamin Hoult to their wedding, which had been twice delayed by Covid. The chosen hymns were ‘Come to a Wedding’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ and the Rev. Anne officiated. As the bells rang out, everyone posed for photographs in the church grounds on the hottest day of the year so far, before heading for the reception at the Macdonalds Portal Hotel in Tarporley. May God Bless Rachel and Ben and grant them a long and happy marriage.
Today was about the joy of music, how it can effect us and make us feel. After Celia had introduced the subject, Tim provided readings from The Psalms about how it has been used in worship and Bob provided the live music for us to sing to. During the interval, Audrey helped Bob to cake while he continued to play before he talked to us about his meeting Gareth Gates and showed us a video discussing how music helped with his stammer. After the prayers with Jane we ended on the usual frivolous note, as we sang along with Abba, to say ‘Thank You for the Music’ which seemed to fit the subject so well.
|Thurs. 2nd Around 9.30pm.||Official Beacon will be lit on the Church Tower with Badger ‘Specials’ on the night.|
|Fri. 3rd 2-4pm||Afternoon Tea and a glass of Champagne in the Church. Any donations to the Ukraine Refugee Fund. Presentation of free Jubilee mug for every village child.|
|Sat. 4th 5pm onwards||In the Village Hall – Photographic Competition prize-giving followed by Televised Celebrations on the big screen. Free party food and bring your own drinks.|
|Sun 5th 11am||Service in St Bart’s, with live music by the quartet, followed by refreshments.|
Thank you to all those who helped with our annual event, the plant shifters and loaders, art contributors and organisers, catering ladies and washer uppers, Bric-a-Brac suppliers and sellers, Musicians and of course, all those who supported the 4 days.
We have yet to have the final total, but we know we have done as well as usual and we will post the final tally as soon as we have it.
UPDATE 6th MAY – THE FINAL TOTAL RAISED FOR THE CHURCH WAS £9,800 AND ADDITIONAL £370 FOR THE UKRAINE REFUGEE FUND
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Today we discussed creation and heard a story from Liz all about the order God created the whole universe and all that lives in it. We then had a treasure hunt in the church grounds to find a list of items before we used self hardening putty to make bowls, animals, pictures and anything else we could think of. We had our refreshments and finished with prayers and The Grace.
This week (as at 22/4/22) St Bartholomew’s church was once again filled with the sight and scent of wonderful blooms! Following on from the success of our Christmas Floral Event and the children’s flower activity before Easter, a Spring Flower Styling workshop was arranged. Seven ladies and two dogs attended and you can see from Rupert’s face that he was as enthralled by the talk from Tracey-Anne Clancey as the ladies were!
Tracey-Anne, from Cheshire Area of NAFAS, explained how to make the most of our supermarket bunch of flowers by conditioning them and arranging them in a suitable vase. We talked about various methods of holding flowers in place, some of which we remembered from our mothers or grandmother’s day. For some, this was a really useful reminder of the mechanics of flower arranging, for those just beginning their flower arranging journey, a whole new list of words crept into their vocabulary!
Jean Jones from Cheshire Area of NAFAS and a member of St Bartholomew’s Church congregation went on to show everyone how to make an arrangement for their home. As the photographs show, everyone was happy with their beautiful work and new found skills. refreshments were provided while we all had a break and a chance to catchup with friends old and new. Thank you to Cindy Moss from St Bartholomew’s Church for keeping the coffee coming! A great time was had by all and we hope to hold another session one summer evening, watch this web site!
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Concert for Ukrainian Refugees
2nd July 7.30pm
in St Bart’s Church.
Massive Auction of Promises in the Intermission
Details of bands and ticket price to be advised.
The sun shone, the bells rang out and inside St Bart’s, the daffodils were full out for our Easter Day Communion service.
Rev. Anne Lawson led our worship and it was lovely to welcome visitors who were travelling along the canal.
Thank you to those who decorated the church with flowers.
Happy Easter everyone.
He is risen, Hallelujah!
St Bartholomew’s Spring Flower Workshops
Wednesday 20th April 10am -12.30
Come and have some “me time”, relax and enjoy making a spring arrangement for your home. Learn more about flower arranging as we teach some techniques suitable for anyone beginning their “flower journey.”
Everything provided including light refreshments, just bring your scissors and/or floristry knife. Tickets £15.
The pictures here will give you some ideas of what is on offer but do feel free to interpret in your own way. The day will be led by Tracey-Anne Clancy, Judy Gratton and Jean Jones who are all members of Cheshire Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).
Contact Jean Jones 07795555492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve a place.
All proceeds to St Bartholomew’s Church.