Our congregation braved the storm today to attend Cafe Church on the subject of the travels of St Paul. We heard about the problems he faced as he took the gospel to the people of the Roman Empire and the excess of the 15,000 miles he travelled. We had readings about his floggings, shipwrecks and imprisonments and of some of the miracles he performed. Finally we heard of his second trial in Rome and his death, before we closed with prayers and The Grace. Thank you to all who came and made it through the gales.
Our first service in the village hall, due to the church alterations, was on the subject of Help. We used the book called ‘ The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy and looked at the quotes and drawings. Two of the favourites were ‘ The boy asked the horse, “What was the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” “Help” said the horse’ and “Asking for help isn’t giving up” said the horse, “It’s refusing to give up”. We had a Bible passage on the centurion asking Jesus for help and heard about asking for help from Celia and ‘Coming Apart at the Seams’ from Jane. Everyone joined in with personal experiences and how we can help by up-cycling. Our minister in training, Jim, who is with us for 2 months, led the prayers and we finished with The Grace and singing along with The Hollies, ‘He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother’.
Today’s subject was ‘The Present’ and centred around Vaughan Robert’s booklet, ‘Christmas in Three Words’. We looked at the three words he had come up with, which were Historical, Joyful and Essential, before we came up with our own, the most popular being Peace. The children made a Christmas picture and some tree decorations which were excellent and the reading was delivered by Janet Malbon, while her husband, the Rev. John, blessed the collection. This will be our last Cafe Church service before the church closes for the alterations to start on 6th Jan. 2020 but we will meet in the village hall instead.
He’s Got You!
It was good to welcome new faces to Cafe Church today and we heard stories and readings about how God has got us in his hands. Judy told us of her personal experiences of how God has supported and strengthened her and Celia gave us a reading on affirming God’s presence in our lives. The children made stained glass windows to take home and we finished with The Grace and then the musical instruments out, to join in with 4 verses of ‘Oh, Happy Day’.
It was a full service today as we discussed the merits of persevering, heard a reading from Isaiah and were told of some historic examples like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Edison and Einstein, all who suffered incredible set backs. We provided our own examples and watched a video, with the children, of how a school teachers encouragement made a difference, just like Jesus can. The children were kept very busy making their own bedroom clocks, some of which are pictured and a splendid job they made of them. We were sad to say ‘Goodbye’ to Kevin and Lynn Penny, long time supporters of the church and Cafe Church in particular. We wish them every happiness and blessing in their new home in Abergele.
Cafe Church – 8th Sept. 2019. Love Thy Neighbour.
Today was a celebratory day with five birthdays, including our own, as Cafe church has now been with us for 4 years.
We also celebrated Audrey playing the organ for us for over 50 years and presented her with a bouquet to mark the occasion.
Our theme was about having a relationship with God that effects our relationship with our neighbours and how we relate to them. There was a scripted conversation of a ‘before and after’ situation in dealing with an elderly or difficult neighbour and our usual readings and hymns on the subject. The children decorated keepsake boxes and we finished with prayers and The Grace.
11th August 2019, Cafe Church.
Today, our service was a united service for the benefice and we chose the subject of ‘Community’. There were readings, on how we should care for and sustain each other and during the interval, the table groups came up with examples of this in practice, which was then fed back for us all to hear. There were examples of community action changing towns, villages and even the whole world for people to see and the children coloured village postcards and handed them out to the congregation at the end of the service. Thank you to all who came and joined in!
Our topic for today was ‘relationships’ concentrating on our own with God. We discussed how we talk to him and Judy gave us her personal experiences of when she has talked to God and how he had answered her prayers. John and Jane performed a sketch, Celia read from St John’s gospel and Tim read the humorous ‘Parable of the Flood’. The children made family trees and joined in our prayers, so a good, sunny morning was had by all, especially one young lady in her ‘shades’.
Cafe Church, saying Thank You, 12th May 2019.
The subject of Cafe Church today was saying ‘thank you’.
We have the results of the Plant Sale to be thankful for as a church community, but also many other reasons, as individuals, to thank God for.
We heard a reading from Colossians saying how we should express our thanks and during the interval there was silence as everyone listed seven reasons for being thankful.
These were very varied as we remembered loved ones, friends, good health, God in our lives, clean water, the countryside, our homes, our pets, chocolate, good food, sports, our safety, the weather, our country and our church family.
There was a bag of sweets for everyone to take home with them and Alfie was busy making them up and handing them out.