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.
Back at Last!
Cafe Church started again today and it was great to see so many familiar faces return after a 9 month absence.
The subject was freedom and we listened to songs, poetry and bible readings on the subject.
We also looked at our own ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ thoughts from the lockdowns that Covid 19 has forced upon us.
Cakes and biscuits were plentiful and David did a great job keeping the coffee flowing.
Ellie did a puzzle and demonstrated breaking the chains she had made and wore for us.
So good to be back at last and thanks to Tim, Jane, Celia, John and Judy for leading us through the service.
Cafe Church joined up with some of the children from Messy Church today, as there is no ‘Messy Nativity’ this year due to the restrictions. Our subject was ‘Giving the Gift of Joy’ and we watched two short films and 4 Christmas songs and carols. In the introduction we learnt that today’s third candle on our advent wreath symbolises joy and Isobel lit it for us. The reading was also on the subject of joy and in our prayers we gave thanks and remembered everyone working for us in this difficult time. We had a quiz during the interval and the children were busy colouring window pictures to put in their windows at home.
Merry Christmas to everyone from the Cafe and Messy Church Teams here. Stay safe and protected this Christmas Season.
For the first time, due to the strange circumstances we are in, our harvest celebration was incorporated into Cafe Church. The sun shone, the bells rang and the congregation had coffee and biscuits, while remembering our farmers and all who do a tremendous job in the food production industries. We listened to music videos, said our prayers and gave thanks, while the children made mini scarecrows to take home. We were blessed with a wonderful food collection for the foodbank, which this year goes to the Crewe branch. Thank you to all those who gave so generously.
It was good to see so many attend our Cafe Church service this morning, all observing social distancing of course. Our subject was ‘mountains’ and how they figure widely throughout the Bible. We learnt of their significance, their solid reliability and of our own experiences with them. Then we looked at how they have been a place of solitude to be with God, but that we can create our own spiritual mountains, in church or in our own homes.
A good crowd turned up this morning to celebrate the return of Cafe Church, all socially distanced and following guidelines. The subject was inspiration and we looked at inspiring words from the Bible and from famous people throughout history. Unable to sing, we listened to uplifting songs on dvd and gave examples of when we as individuals had found inspiration in our lives. We also looked at how it was important to pass inspiration on to others, before we shared our prayers. The children did a word search and then decorated keepsake boxes or pencil cases and what a splendid job they made of them on their family craft tables. Our cakes and biscuits were all individually wrapped, but they still went down a treat!
Our Cafe Church subject today was ‘Worship’ and it’s true meaning. Judy read the lesson and the children made instruments that make lots of noise ready for our last Hymn, which was ‘Praise him on the Trumpet’. This was our last meeting in the Village Hall as the church alterations are almost finished.
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’.