What a Fantastic Christmas Fair 24/11/18!!
At 2pm local Councillor Dr Jo Barrett opened our 2018 Christmas Fair. We had a Tombola, Craft stall, Bric-a-brak, Book stall, Refreshments and Home made Jams and Pickles. The children of Messy Church did a fantastic job by contributing things that they made from Lavender bags to Christmas Decorations and selling them to our visitors. Refreshments did a roaring trade on Teas and provided amongst other things Hot Buttered Scones straight from the oven. We took an all time record total of just over £600, so congratulations, well done and a Huge Thank You to everybody who helped or visited.
Cafe Church, The Pursuit of Peace. 18th Nov 2018
Our topic today was Peace and was inspired by an autograph book from one of our leaders. It was filled with signatures of men from the Cheshire regiments, stationed at Chester from 1914 to 1915. What they had written was very moving and the realisation that many of them never returned from the war gave them extra meaning. We heard what Jesus said and how we share the peace at our communion services. Some of the congregation shared their memorabilia and memories too before Judy played ‘Our God Reigns’ on guitar and we ended with The Grace.
A Big Thank you to all who supported the Dental Fundraiser.
We are asking people in advance, to bring in memorabilia, photos, medals, or artefacts to form a focal point for the service.
Then we would like people to share their stories, of those who either fought in a war or conflict, lived through these times at home or abroad and what sacrifices have been made in the name of peace.
If you would like to share a story yourself or would like one of the cafe Church Team to read it out on your behalf, then please let Tim or Jane Hough know in advance via email@example.com
We already have some artefacts and stories, but would welcome more from the wider community.
This promises to be a very emotional and reflective service with hymns and prayers that will all be based on peace.
Maybe you’ve not been to Cafe Church before and want to give it a try, please come along, you’ll be made most welcome.
Bells rang out on a sunlit Remembrance Sunday and a large number of Church Minshull people and friends gathered at St Bart’s to remember all those who had fought in recent conflicts and commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Tim Hough read the list of ‘the fallen’ and Jean Stockdale the lesson. As the Chimes of Big Ben rang out at 11 o’clock, all stood to observe the two minutes silence that ended with ‘The Last Post’. Wreaths were laid at village memorials to both World Wars by the church, parish council, Village Vision Group, village hall, The Badger Inn, the children of Messy and Cafe Church, the Sports and Social Committee and the ladies group. Prayers were said for peace and for our armed service personnel still in danger today. David Barrett and John Headon officiated and “PJ” Jones was in charge of the lighting and sound. A presentation on the role of women in the First World War by Dr Jo Barrett followed the service and there was a lasagna lunch provided by Ruth Ford, Kathryn Cronin and their team of helpers which raised £370 for the British Legion.
Finally, at 7pm a single bell rang a half muffle and a beacon on top of the church tower was lit, as part of the chain of beacons across the country from Westminster Abbey to all the corners and islands of the UK. This completed the ‘Battle’s Over’ commemoration of the 1918 centenary and St Bart’s was proud to be one of the 1,000 sites chosen and thankful to The Badger who invited the mass of villagers who turned up, to view the beacon from their vantage point.
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