Articles Archive for June 2010
Here is this week’s Parish Diary 20th June 2010.
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I am welcomed into the new day by the pips of Radio 4, chiming in 6am with unassailable precision. It is with the same dependability that I can be assured of being the first person in my household to wake. My wife, Katrina, can slowly be tempted out of slumber with a cup of tea, but my daughter Florence is not quite so easy to rouse – typical of her near teenage status, I am led to believe.
My day continues as it starts – with a whirl of …
I had been hearing things about the Youth Service for quite some time but had never been quite sure what it was all about. I had assumed from its title that it was as it says, a service for the younger members of our Parish – particularly aimed at those involved in Pioneers and Junior Pioneers. I certainly hadn’t thought it was something that I might be welcomed to. How wrong I was.
It was clear from the moment that I approached St Mary’s Hall at 5pm on …
Despite the dismal weather and the threat of rain, Saturday 8th May proved to be a great day for the Parish Fun Day. It was wonderfully supported and such a happy event.
The organising team would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success. So thanks to all who helped set-up on the Friday evening, table shifters, to those who cheerfully helped on the day and all who stayed to clear up afterwards.
Without the donations the day couldn’t happen, so a big thank …
Sunday school teachers from both St Mary’s and St John’s attended the recent training day entitled ‘Creating Sparks’ organised by the Diocese. The main speaker was Mary Hawes, National Children’s Adviser, who gave an overview of what life is like for children in this country backed by many worrying statistics. She then laid down a challenge to churches, using research from a book on Children’s Spirituality, to consider 6 issues in relation to our work with children. These are:
Space – consider the buildings and rooms available and …
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
At the combined Parish Communion on Sunday April 25th, I said that I believe God’s strategy for us, as members of St Mary’s and St John’s, was to be building us up – individually and together – as a people of faith. This is in line with Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4.12, that the purpose of specific leadership and teaching ministries in the Church is “to equip the saints [i.e. ordinary Christians like us] for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ”.
I mentioned …