It was a great afternoon at Muddy Church on Saturday 14 October. We read from scripture that God entrusted us with care of the environment so, as well as joining in with all of the usual Muddy Church experiences such as singing a song, exploring nature and toasting marshmallows over the fire, we made a hedgehog house to leave in the orchard. We also made some fantastic bug hotels and ladybird palaces – some to leave in the orchard, some to take home. Hopefully we’ve done just a little bit to encourage some wildlife to thrive.
A special service with reflective prayers and music was held on Friday 13 October to mark Babyloss awareness week. Those attending remembered the babies that were taken too soon, either before, at or shortly after birth. Names were read out and those same names were written on hearts and hung on a tree next to candles that were lit in memory. Participants were able to take a candle home to light on Sunday evening – baby loss awareness day – as part of a wave of light. The service was carefully and thoughtfully crafted by Alison, one of our Children and Family workers. In the end, the service was led by Linda, another of our Children and Family workers because Alison was unable to be present due to ill health. Thank you both for your hard work.
Come along and share in four evenings of reflection, exploring the relationship between worship and the stewardship of creation. The sessions will take place at Christ Church beginning on Monday 2nd October, 7pm
During our Morning Worship at Christ Church on Sunday 24 September, we welcomed Eddie into our Church family at his baptism service. The service was led by our Associate Minister, Mel Rowley; the preacher was Revd Colin Resch and we welcomed back into our Church Revd Darren Walker who performed the baptism.
It was a delight to welcome Kieran and Emily to St Peter’s Church on Saturday 23 September along with their family and friends. The wedding was a beautifully relaxed occasion with bride and groom surrounded by family and friends as they made their marriage vows to each other. The service was led by Revd Colin Resch, the organist was Mr John Strange. As the wedding march played at the end of the service, a band of eight bell ringers rang out the good news in celebration.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Newbold.
The final event of our Summer 23 Activity Week was a curry night in the gardens at St Peter’s. Two starters and three choices of curry were provided by Gurkha New Delhi for our Curry Buffet along with Pilau Rice and Naan Bread. A real treat for all of us to enjoy. The atmosphere was relaxed and convivial. New friendships were formed and old ones revisited. A very fitting end to a busy and enjoyable week.
Sunday evening saw us gather at St Peter’s Church for our service of Evening Prayer, usually known as Evensong. The service was led by Revd Colin and the preacher was our Associate Minister, Mel Rowley who spoke on the first Bible reading which was from Ruth, chapter one.
After our service of Sunday Morning Worship, we watched the end of the World Cup final – disappointed that the Lionesses were not able to overcome the superb playing of the Spanish side. Then we joined together for a community barbecue, playing some outdoor games as we enjoyed the Summer Sunshine and some beautifully cooked burgers and sausages.
The final day of our Summer 23 Activity Week got off to a great start with our service of All Age Sunday Worship. The service included contributions from across the staff team and celebrated all that had been good about the week of activities. The message reflected on the purpose of Church and how we share together all that we have to build each other up.