Thursday, 8 December 2016

White Flower Festival

This year we held a flower festival on Pentecost weekend.  The flowers were white, to commemorate the fact that This weekend is called Whit Sunday.  In the past, people used to wear white clothes on this Sunday.










 We were visited by a passing group of cyclists who were researching a route.







2016

It is with some upset that I discover that it is nearly a year since I updated the blog.  A lot has happened this year, and it is best if I only give a brief  outline.
All the usual activities have taken place: Ladies' fellowship, Bible fellowship, Supper clubs, Lent course, Flower festival (see separate post), Festival of light, Bonfire and barbecue.
 The upcoming building work to create a car park meant that the garden to the side of the church will be lost, so a selection of the plants has been moved to a new bed at the other side.
 This leaves the old site looking a bit bedraggled.

 The annual camp was a great success.

 And the work has started on the new boundary wall  in preparation for the new car park.
Our annual Harvest festival was a great success, and the gifts were donated to the work of the St. Wilfrid's centre.  The evening service was led by Father Grant Naylor from St. Mathew's Church, Carver Street.

My New Year's resolution for 2017 is to keep up to date more frequently.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Late 2015

 August was our annual camp, when the field is converted into a campsite.

 Sunday saw us having lunch outside, congregation and campers.

 The singing at the Sunday morning service was led by the campers' band.
All the usual events happened regularly, the supper clubs, men's breakfasts and bible fellowships.
October saw our annual harvest festival celebrations, and the gifts of produce and food were given to the St. Wilfrid's Centre in Sheffield.  The celebrations continued on the following Thursday at the Five Crops and Choruses meal.
October 31st was our annual Festival of light when people met to play games, do craft work and eat seasonal food.
The church meeting is September decided a date in November for the planning of our programme for the coming year.  This is now decided (subject to ratification by the January church meeting).  If you would like details, please get in touch with one of the pastors.
Our bonfire and barbecue was a bit unusual because the bonfire was on the school yard next door.  The purchaser of the school has been doing a lot of building work.  He was kind enough to donate the waste to the bonfire, and it was decided to be easier to move the people than the fuel!  As usual the barbecue was in the chapel field.
 Christmas was a busy time as usual.
   The carol singing with the Salvation Army band was well attended and very successful.
  The Advent Carol Service, and the Carol service were their usual success, and the carol singing round the valley was as popular as ever.
The Five Courses and Carols was not quite as well attended as some years, but at least the weather was on our side this year.  Everyone who attended enjoyed it.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Flower Festival

This year's flower festival was on the theme of "Jesus' Hands".
It was a lovely weekend.  The church was open to view the exhibits on Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday the morning service was led by our pastors Susannah and Jonathan.  The evening service was led by Rev. Grant Naylor, the vicar of St. Matthew's Church, Carver street.


 Carpenter's hands.
 Carpenter's Hands (detail)

 Scarred Hands.
 Blessing Hands.
 Praying Hands.
 Healing Hands.
 Jesu's hands were kind hands.
  Jesu's hands were kind hands. (detail)
 Sharing hands (1)
 Sharing hands (2)
 Serving Hands.








Donations were made to D.A.R.T. International.  (Disaster Arborist Response Team)  This is the charity which our church is supporting this year.  The group aims to provide skilled arborists to work in disaster areas.  More information is available at www.dartinternational.co.uk