Monday, 9 April 2012

Easter 2012

Our Easter celebrations really started on the Tuesday before when we held our Lent meal, whilst we concluded our study course "The way to Freedom". This thought provoking course, produced by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, concluded with a discussion about death. The meal was an opportunity to remember the way in which Jesus broke bread and shared a cup over a meal.

Our Good Friday service was held at 7-30p.m. when Simon Cheatle from our Philadelphia church led our thoughts.

Saturday was the first of our regular coffee mornings which was well attended. Jamie served his bacon butties, hot cross buns were available, and Nathan organised a car wash in aid of Don District Explorer scouts' camp in Wales later this year.

Sunday morning started at 8-30a.m. with early morning communion led by our pastor Susannah. This was followed by breakfast organised by David and Elaine. During breakfast we were visited by a passing group from "Contemplative Fire" We had a good conversation and look forward to this relationship developing.

The morning service was led by pastor Jonathan, and during this service, Jamie and Nathan were received as full members by Brian, our church secretary, and Dave, our Young People's Department officer.

March 2012

The grass has already to grow, so the mower had to be got out of the shed, the battery charged, the fuel line unblocked (!) and then it needed to be started. All this effort to stop the grass from growing under our feet!!

During March we continued to follow our Lent Studies "The way to Freedom" based on a poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, every Tuesday.

On 11th March, Dave Tuckett led our morning service on Tear Fund Sunday, followed by a simple lunch. People were invited to contribute the cost of their normal lunch to Tear Fund.

17th March was a Needlework Day.

The Ladies' meeting was a craft session where the ladies made an Easter card.

On Saturday 24th March, we celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of Brian, our church secretary and Margaret. Their daughter, Alison, had catered for the assembled group of family and friends.

The month ended with a clear up day where we threw away some of the accumulated debris which had out lived its usefulness. Since then, we have already had "Have you seen!??" moments.