“Action not Words” – Litter Pick – 17th March, 2019.
Following on from last Sunday’s Cafe Church when we talked about caring for the environment, today saw the first suggestion put into place. A host of villagers met at 2pm in the Village Hall car park to don High Viz jackets and be issued with litter pickers and large, tough bin sacks. Four teams set out, to be dropped off at various points around the village to collect all the rubbish from the hedges and verges of several of the roads. After two hours in the sunshine and showers, Cross Lane from the border of Worleston to the village centre, Minshull Lane and Cross Lane from the village centre to the United Reformed Church in Minshull Vernon were all litter picked. Twenty two sacks of rubbish were collected and taken to the tip.
Thank you to Tim and Jane Hough who organised the event and for providing welcome refreshments afterwards in their home. Thanks also to all who helped.
Joseph Mason Baptism 17th March 2019
Today, during a Holy Communion service we had the addition of a baptism, that of Joseph Samuel Mason. Proud parents, James and Dawn, watched with Church Minshull grandparents, Brian and Mary Charlesworth, as the Rev. Anne performed the service. Joseph was very well behaved, peering into the font when the time came for the anointing. We were pleased that the large congregation stayed for refreshments after the service, before going to Higher Elms Farm for a family gathering. Welcome to God’s family, Joseph.
Cafe Church – The Tree of Life – 10th March, 2019.
The subject today ranged from the Tree of Life and it’s biblical meaning to caring for our environment. The was a good discussion during the interval on ‘Action not words’ and when these ideas were collated they included; planting trees, insect friendly planting, smiling at people, providing village transport, another defibrillator, a fellowship lunch open to everyone, improving pathways, mental health first aid, sign posts, Kindness of neighbours and litter picking. The defibrillator has been handed to the parish council with suggestions, the first fellowship lunch has been organised for the 19th March and a Litter Pick has been arranged for Sunday 17th March, along Cross Lane. Many volunteered immediately and equipment will be provided, for more information please [click] this link. The children made their own model trees and covered them with tissue paper leaves, flowers and fruit.
Please click for Café Church 10th March – Practical ideas from feedback session from Tim Hough
Following the Cafe Church discussion on “Action not Words” surrounding our own environment, it has been decided to Litter Pick Cross Lane from the Worleston Border to The Village Centre on Sunday 17th March at 2:00pm and all those interested should assemble at the Village Hall Car park 5 minutes before start time. Litter Pickers and Bags will be provided and all rubbish will be recycled where possible.
Tea or Coffee will follow at “The Spinney”, Cross Lane, Church Minshull.
Taking Care of the World.
After hearing some facts about the rubbish dumped in our World and the plight of animals and birds, we heard how Jesus told us that God sees all of this. Pippa read a poem and then, because it was such a nice day, we went outside with Liz and made bird feeders. The birds will be glad of all the bits we dropped, but we put one bird feeder, with an insect house, in the church grounds. Finally, we sang the Butterfly Song and said The Grace, before our refreshments. Charlie was a great help with the washing up! [see pic]
Today’s service centred around a love poem written by a lady in Wales who had given us permission to use it. It spoke of the love of God for us and the freedoms he provides and we then reflected upon this further in our hymns and prayers. During the interval we recalled the silly love poems of our younger days and some more heart felt ones and then replenished with coffee and cake, we shared them all. Our service ended with a raucous hymn, ‘Praise him on the Trumpet’ which had every tambourine fully employed!
In our Christingle Service we learnt about the work the Children’s Society does in the U.K. to help children who find themselves in troubled circumstances. We had a quiz and made our Christingles, then had a sketch about a postman delivering letters from God. We ended with The Grace before our refreshments and there were lots of biscuits and chocolate bars to eat and take home. After the service the church donated £100 to the help the Children’s Society keep up their good work.