We learnt about how David defeated Goliath by being trusting in God and believing in his own abilities. We discussed how we were brave and overcome the difficulties we face in life. While we talked we had ice lollies and biscuits with our drinks and listened to Mimi’s favourite, inspirational songs.
Back at Last!
Cafe Church started again today and it was great to see so many familiar faces return after a 9 month absence.
The subject was freedom and we listened to songs, poetry and bible readings on the subject.
We also looked at our own ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ thoughts from the lockdowns that Covid 19 has forced upon us.
Cakes and biscuits were plentiful and David did a great job keeping the coffee flowing.
Ellie did a puzzle and demonstrated breaking the chains she had made and wore for us.
So good to be back at last and thanks to Tim, Jane, Celia, John and Judy for leading us through the service.
11am, Sunday 31st October, 2021.
Dedication of the church remodelling by Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Rev Ian Bishop.
United service with Buffet lunch to follow.
It was wonderful to re-open Messy Church in the open at St Bart’s today and even more wonderful to see so many return. Rachael told us about how resilient Moses was, getting up again every time life knocked him down and our reading was all about the Israelites thinking they were at the mercy of the Egyptian army but then crossing the Red Sea to safety.
The children made models of Moses and the sea waters parting and Sam showed everyone the example he had made earlier. Ellie said the prayers for us and while refreshments were served the Balloon Wizard made balloon animals for all the children and anything else they could challenge him with.
It was a very special day and so much fun!
Insight Magazine Issue #66. 7th June 2021
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On Thursday 27th May, 10 Downing Street announced that the Venerable Julie Conalty, Archdeacon of Tonbridge, was appointed the next Bishop of Birkenhead and the Reverend Canon Sam Corley, Rector of Leeds Minster, was appointed the next Bishop of Stockport. The following morning at 9am, they were accompanied by the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, Bishop of Chester, Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield and others, to our own St Bart’s, described as a ‘Thriving Rural Church‘. Here they met with Rev. Anne, John Headon and David Barrett, churchwardens and members of the congregation involved in Messy Church, Cafe Church, the Service of the Word and the highly successful Plant Sale.
After an introduction from John on how the church had gone from closure to the present day, renovating and remodelling the building and providing new and different services, there were questions about how people had been encouraged to attend the services. There was broad recognition of the enthusiasm and community spirit alive in the church and village and the welcome all had received here. There were questions on how we had raised the £500,000 spent in the last 20 years, how we had changed perception that the church used old fashioned language and was only for a select group of people. Rachael Lewis told the group how she had come to attend Messy Church with her children and now helped lead the group, confident to do so with the help and support of other parents. Liz Davies said how welcome she had felt attending Cafe Church and how the sense of community and support effected her.
Over coffee and biscuits, the psalter of Bishops, (the name for such a group), mixed with the members of the congregation, asking them more questions and commenting on how inspired they all were. Jim, Head of Communications, further interviewed John and David on film. He asked in detail about the fund raising ideas we used and about how this had then moved on to promote the work of God in the community. The group moved on to their next visit to a nearby farm, thanking everyone for their contributions and Bishop Mark asked that he be invited back to experience a service at St Bart’s for himself.
Thank you to all those who turned up today at such short notice and to the whole village community, who have supported the church in so many ways over the last 20 years, ensuring it’s continued presence at the centre of the village.
Plant Sale May 2021
Thank you to the army of helpers and our many visitors to the Plant Sale and Art Exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend.
In spite of the wet Monday afternoon, the event made £10,256 in total, which would not be possible without all that support.
We are so grateful.
Insight Magazine Issue #65. 15th April 2021
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The congregation and PCC of St Bart’s join with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and give thanks to God for his extraordinary life of dedicated service. We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time and will remember them in our prayers.
Prince Philip continually demonstrated his unfailing support and unstinting loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen for 73 years, which was exemplary and consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own, provided an outstanding example of Christian service.
Easter Day 2021
It was a blessing to be able to celebrate Holy Communion once more in St Bart’s and great to see so many attend. The bells rang and the sun shone. Thank you to all who contributed and arranged flowers in the church specially for the occasion. He is risen, Happy Easter everyone.