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.
We looked at the significance of the events of Palm Sunday today and we had readings of the prophecy of Zechariah and also from Mark’s gospel on Jesus’ fulfilment of the prophecy. The children painted cups with a chocolate egg inside and the instruments were out to accompany our two hymns. The weather was perfect and everyone left with a palm cross to take home. It was a lovely start to Holy Week.
Cafe Church, Peace, 13th March, 2022.
Today’s hard hitting and emotional service had to be about the Ukraine and our hopes for peace.
After the heartbreaking video [Click here to see it] there were readings, prayers and a hymn, with more videos.
One of these was of a flashmob of musicians who all turned up in Trafalgar Square in London to play the Ukrainian national anthem, unrehearsed.
Our congregation stood and clapped at the end.
The children drew pictures of the Ukraine flag and images of our hopes for peace and in the interval, everyone made ribbon badges to show our support for the Ukraine and for peace.
The team were congratulated afterwards by many who found the service so moving and in return we thank all who turned up for listening and taking part.
Today, the subject we tackled was a vast one that challenged the congregation and our knowledge of the universe. There were two films, the first being from NASA showing the discoveries that the Ultra Hubble telescope had revealed. Looking at what was thought was an empty part in space, the telescope discovered that the area was full of thousands of unknown galaxies. The second film showed what would probably happen to our planet if man suddenly vanished from it. Our readings and hymns followed the same theme and the middle of the service gave every table time to discuss the thoughts of everyone about how creation had begun. Feedback afterwards revealed how the subject is so vast and difficult for us to understand that we can offer few explanations and that there are no definitive answers. It was just as well that the coffee and cake flowed, uninterrupted, from the kitchen as the sustenance was definitely required! The children showed us the pictures they had made of space, which we all thought were excellent. Well done everyone for taking the challenge so well.
Cafe Church, January 2022.
The subject for the first Cafe Church service of 2022 was “Happy New You“.
The introduction talked of all the goals we set ourselves and how we cope with the joys and struggles ahead and how the early disciples prayed and worked for new beginnings.
We saw a film of Jesus’ baptism, because even he needed a new start and our prayers were centred on our need to renew and start afresh.
We were able to sing hymns but in line with Covid restrictions our cakes were all prepacked and our coffees were all served in disposable cups.
We hope these conditions won’t last for long. Happy New Year!
Cafe Church – 12th Dec. 2021
Today’s subject was Christmas unwrapped and we heard of the significance of shepherds, from Judy and how the Church of the Nativity has survived with it’s amazing place of Christ’s birth, from John. We also had a ‘Tim quiz’, with some surprising answers, Bible readings from Tim and Jane and prayers from Celia also we watched Christmas videos and carols. David and Sam served the refreshments, with lots of Christmas treats to choose from.
Merry Christmas from the Cafe Church team and we will see you again in the New Year!
Cafe Church Dedication at St Bart’s, 31st October, 2021.
We were delighted to welcome fellow worshippers from across the benefice today to our celebratory Cafe Church service to mark the dedication of the remodelling of our church. It was very full, which was in no small part due to the presence of inspirational Ian Bishop, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, who spoke first of how he had found his faith in Christ. Later, he spoke again of the role our church buildings play in our lives and communities and of the years of effort that had gone into the modernisation and restoration of St Bart’s. He chose our hymns and these were tied to readings on how we all come together to witness and share our faith. Ellie, wrote and read a prayer and with the other children, made key rings, fridge magnets and a decorated twig garden. Members of the congregation past and present were with us and our, now retired architect, John Carter, attended and spoke of the work he had undertaken on our behalf over the last three decades. We overran our time slot but nobody seemed to care as the time with Ian was so uplifting and everyone wanted to shake his hand and congratulate him on the way he had spoken to us all reminding us, “The Lord is with us, His Spirit is here”!
Cafe Church hosted this year’s Harvest Celebration, but with hymns, prayers and readings we also had a talk from Rachael about the Winsford food distribution charity that she volunteers with. Some of the facts on the food we waste in the UK were shocking and it was amazing to hear how the charity supports food banks and over 200 families, not only with long life foods but with perishables like fruit and vegetables too. Our large congregation was the usual generous one, with lots of bags of food donated to the charity and we thank all who contributed. Rachael will be taking it for distribution this week.
Harvest Cafe Church
11am on 10th October, 2021.
Food collection in aid of Food Bank.
We were delighted to welcome so many to today’s service and especially those who had travelled from the other parishes in the Cross Country Group. Jane introduced the subject which was Going for God, as opposed to ‘going for gold’ and was on an Olympic theme. We looked at the negative side of the games, with cheating, censorship and prejudice but celebrated the good parts of inclusivity, sacrifice, teamwork, friendship and inspiration. During the interval, each table came up with their own gold, silver and bronze words to best describe the event and there were many varied and thought provoking suggestions. We had several readings and prayers illustrating how the Christian faith is like running a race we can all win and with a prize for all that does not tarnish or wither away. The children made jigsaws and designed a t-shirt for the next Olympics in Paris and Ellie modelled hers for us. Our hymns were some of the several films we watched and it was great to be able to sing again if you wanted to.
Thank you to all who contributed to the service in so many ways.