Children flocked to church this morning to spend time preparing for Christmas doing all kinds of crafts.
There was writing to Santa, making clay or wooden tree decorations, nativities to make, figures to dress, fir cones to decorate and cards to make.
Refreshments were provided, including juice, ice creams, cake and biscuits and as the music played there was great activity at every table.
Well done to the Messy Church team who provided all the materials and organised a great, fun event.
From Liz Boote, 23rd Nov 2019
It was fun this morning! Thanks to you all for your invaluable help. If I’m not mistaken it was our best turnout yet with 26 kids (at last count). I counted 50 people in total. It was certainly cozy 🙂
There’s also been some super feedback with comments like “I haven’t been in this church before, isn’t it beautiful!”, “The kids have had a fantastic time, please let me know about future messy church sessions” and “Even my ‘too cool for school’ son had a great time”.
So all positive! And thankfully I didn’t lose any kids during the reindeer hunt – phew! 😉
The bells rang out on a beautiful, sunny 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. Dave Barrett and John Headon took the service,Tim Hough read the list of ‘the fallen’, Simon Reynolds read the lesson and Audrey Colquhoun played the organ. 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 the village memorials to both World Wars by the church, parish council, Village Events Group, village hall, The Badger Inn, the children of Messy and Cafe Church, the Sports and Social Club. Prayers were said for peace and for our armed service personnel still in danger today. PJ Jones was in charge of the lighting and sound throughout the service and refreshments followed. Thank you to all who took part and attended this very special service.
We are delighted to say that, after 8 years of preparation, form filling and testing, we have finally got all permissions necessary for the church interior work to go ahead. The Chancellor asked all interested parties for their final comments and received favourable responses from our own village residents, Cheshire East, Historic England, The Diocesan Advisory Council and the National Churches Trust. Only the Georgian Society resisted any change, but the Chancellor decided, in his final ruling, that to keep the church pews in their present format was compromising the work of the church and thus endangering it’s sustainability into the future.
Work will begin early in the New Year, once we have arranged dates with the two contractors and this will possibly mean the closing of the church for about 4 weeks and services moving into the village hall. We will keep everyone informed via the notice board, Insight magazine and the village and church websites.