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.
Fun for all the family making a Christingle (and eating it) to celebrate Candlemas.
On 27th January we will be holding Messy Christingle, where we all make our own Christingles with oranges, sweets, and glow lights representing Jesus Christ the Light of the World.
Our Offertory is for The Children’s Society, a Charity which helps vulnerable children and young adults.
27th January 2019 11:00am
Scarlett Ann and Sebastian James Lewis were baptised today by the Rev. Anne at St Bartholomew’s with friends and relations. Both children know the vicar from school and live on Wood Green Lane, Church Minshull. We welcomed them to the church family before they went next door to The Badger to celebrate the double event.
Cafe Church – 13th January 2019.
The service today was centred around the need to clear out clutter at the beginning of a new year and we were encouraged to imagine ourselves a glass and to fill it with liquid to represent our personal clutter, leaving a gap at the top to represent the space we leave for God. Afterwards, we threw the clutter out, or in this case, the liquid into a bucket, which was then thrown out. We heard some wise words, one being a saying from Judy’s mother, who quoted Pastor Joseph Brotherton. He said, “My riches consist not in the extreme of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants”. We were reminded of Jesus’ parables and how he urged us to pray persistently. We were blessed with a good congregation and pleased to welcome some who had been unable to visit for a while.
There was a full congregation for this years service which was the traditional mix of lessons and carols with our Sound & Light extras.
However, this year there was a live soloist, Lucy Barlow, who beautifully sang three seasonal songs.
Ellie and Sam lit the final advent crown candle, the Reverend Anne did the bidding prayer and blessing and there was a surprise rendition of ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ by villagers at the end.
Merry Christmas to you all and may 2019 be a Blessed Year for us all.
We had a fantastic turnout for our Nativity play this year with 27 children joining in. The play was narrated by John and Penelope, who played the Archangel Gabriel. There were lots of Shepherds, angels and wise men and even a sheep. We sang Away in a Manger, We wish you a Merry Christmas and Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Afterwards there were drinks with mince pies, chocolates, biscuits and lots of crackers to pull. Merry Christmas from all at Messy Church.