Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Early November

Our bonfire night and barbecue was a huge success. After initial fears that we wouldn't have anything to burn, a steady stream of rubbish arrived and a fire was built. Crowds braved the cold and damp, and Dave produced a consistent flow of hot food. Everyone enjoyed themselves and then all that remained was to clean the mud off the carpet!
The next day was remembrance Sunday and our preacher Albert Burton reminded us that although the problem, conflict, comes from within us, so can the solution.

Green Pastures

On 17th October 2009 people started arriving at about 9-30a.m. and the weeks of preparation suddenly seemed to be worthwhile. Once all who were expected had arrived, our pastor, Susannah gave the outline of the day and the welcome. Once the housekeeping arrangements were covered, Carole Parkinson led her first session.
Following refreshments we separated into groups for Pastel drawing demonstrations with Anne Turk; card making with Elaine Tucket from “Craftastic”; creative writing or quiet reflection in the especially decorated chapel. Lunch came too quickly, but was a lovely experience, the “bring and share” produced a wonderful spread.
After lunch some of us went on a short walk across the nearby fields. Group work followed again with the addition of pampering with Mary Kay products. Following a second session from Carole, Susannah led the closing devotions. We are looking forward to holding a similar event next year, please get in touch if you would like to receive details.

Harvest and Art Festival

Traditionally the first weekend in October is our Harvest Festival. This year we added to this by having an art exhibition. Hallam Art Group were invited to bring along pictures painted or drawn in the Mayfield Valley.

Earlier in the year they had met and held sketching days based at the chapel, and the results were on show over the weekend.

The exhibition was open over the whole weekend and light refreshments were available. We were very pleased with the number of people who visited us over the weekend.

Harvest celebration services were held on Sunday, in the morning our pastor Susannah led our worship, and in the evening we were pleased to welcome Mrs Muriel Stonehewer, national president ot "Women on Action". The contributions to the Harvest celebration were taken to St Wilfrid's centre to support their work.

The Art festival meant that the back room was not able to be used for the traditional Harvest Supper on the Saturday of the weekend, so it was postponed until the following Saturday. Home made pie and peas was followed by musical entertainment.