Cafe Church December 2018.
We had a visitor today, Richard Holmes, From the YMCA in Crewe. He told us of the foundation of the organisation and the work they do today, not only with young homeless men, but all people including single parent families, children and refugees.
He described their plans to provide Christmas for them all and their housing facilities in Crewe. We were also told that although essentially a Christian organisation, the help they offer goes to people of all faiths and none.
After a ‘question and answer’ session, Richard told us how we can help, with prayer as well as finance and after a hymn, prayers and The Grace, we presented him with a cheque and collection totalling £236.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Our theme for the day was ‘Fire’ and we looked at the way the Bible relates fire to God, from Moses and the ‘Burning Bush’ to Jesus and the ‘baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit’. At the interval we had indoor fireworks and the children made model ‘burning bushes’. Alfie wrote a prayer and read it out and we finished with a rousing Take That and ‘Relight my Fire’.
We had another well attended service for our third anniversary today and were able to welcome visitors from Germany and new residents, Helen and Keith, from Cyprus. Our Subject was Bread & Wine and was about the way we celebrate with the Communion Service. Jane and Tim talked us through the reasons we hold this form of worship and John and Judy read from the Bible, the passages where we are asked to perform the sharing of bread and wine by Jesus, in his memory. We re-enacted the sharing on each table and the children made mini Last Supper models.
Today’s Cafe Church, was a united service for the benefice and we were delighted to welcome members from the other three churches. Our subject was a continuation of The Bible, but this time we concentrated on the 23rd Psalm, ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’. We listened to it, sang it and learned a little about it and Jesus’ use of it. Alfie made balloon sheep and herded them round the church before we heard about The Bible Society and the story of Mary Jones from Alan. There was a film clip of Chinese people being given their first Bibles which showed how precious they are and we had a collection in aid of the society to help provide more. After prayers we finished with rousing singing of ‘Give me joy in my Heart’ and The Grace.
Our subject on this scorching Sunday was The Bible and a large crowd joined us, not to mention some four legged friends who tried out the coolness of the church. We watched a video of how the collection of 66 books formed The Bible and how the New Testament completed the story of the Old Testament. Some told us of their favourite parts and stories and Judith talked of the accessibility of the many different translations and lead our prayers. We finished with The Grace and there were handouts for us to read at home. Our next Cafe Church will be on the 12th August and will complete our topic with a collection for The Bible Society.
The subject of Cafe Church today was given to us by one of the congregation, Hymns and Praise. We were pleased to welcome Emily Allen from Church House who is helping us with our planned pew removal. After looking at the Bible’s advice on praise we watched a film on famous quotations, which was well received. The congregation filled in lists of favorite hymns during the interval, which will be used in our service hymn selections and then ‘Named that Hymn’ after just a few notes. Not that easy, though most were identified immediately. The children were very busy making happy hands and felt flowers as can be seen in the photo of Alfie and Faye.
“The Circle of Life”
“The Circle of Life” was the theme for our Cafe Church today. We watched an excerpt from Disney’s “The Circle of Life” video to begin with and later we watched a Rico Tyce Video about Jesus’ teaching on how the world’s problems are caused by the problems of the “Human Heart”. People were invited to play a video of their own life, both good and bad, an invitation that was declined by everyone there. Lynn lead us through a prayer asking for God’s forgiveness and offering ourselves to him, before we closed with The Grace.
The subject at Cafe Church today was ‘Partnerships’ and the congregation looked at how Jesus partnered the disciples before sending them on missions, a practice Peter and Paul continued in their missionary work. We were asked by Chester Diocese to remember our partnership Diocese in the Congo where there has been recent tribal conflict.
During the interval each table looked at successful and unsuccessful partnerships and there was a discussion about the part ‘respect’ played in a successful team. Jack Lakin completed the treasure hunt and won a tub of chocolate coins.
The service ended with a blessing on all partnerships, but particularly on two of our regular worshipers, Sue and Roger. Roger produced a ring and gifts for Sue and received a round of applause for the re-affirmation of their commitment to each other.