We had great fun yesterday at our Worship for All service on the theme of HOPE.
We began by lighting our Advent Ring.
"We light 1, 2, 3, 4 candles on our ring, one for each Sunday in Advent" I said, "when do you think we light the fifth candle in the middle?"
"ON MY BIRTHDAY!!" shouted an enthusiastic 4, almost 5-year-old in the congregation.
It set a great tone for the service.
After singing "Jesus hope of the nations", we blew bubbles and talked about how people often misunderstood the difference between hopes and wishes. Wishes are fragile, they may be beautiful but they have no substance and they often don't last long.
However, Hope, especially the Christian hope is something completely different.
I asked the question "is hope something to do with the future or with the past?" Most people said it was to do with the future except for one contrary child who was perhaps banking on me surprising everyone.
When I said that Hope did, in fact, have a lot to do with the past he whooped with joy. "I was right!"
Hope, which we represented by our Gold letter H, was in fact something solid and much stronger than a simple wishing for the best BECAUSE it was linked inextricably to something that had ALREADY happened.
Our hope for the future rests on the fact that Jesus came as Immanuel, God with us, an undisputed fact of history. We are not alone, therefore we have hope. This hope is like an anchor, it fixes us to something solid and unchanging. Mid sermon, a perceptive three-year-old pointed out that if I was talking about anchors I needed a boat. "Yes", I said "in fact my life is like the boat I bob up and down with the highs and lows of everyday life but I do have an anchor which holds me steady".
The children's choir sang "if you're hoping and you know it clap your hands, stamp your feet, say Amen." And the platform just about survived all the stamping and clapping!
Finally we came to our prayers: using the four letters of the word HOPE, we split into groups taking a letter each and coming up with things to pray for. Amongst many worthy items and individuals, the four people asked to pray did manage to pray for hamsters, orangutans and elephants! Everyone in the congregation also took a letter H and wrote on it their hopes as a form of prayer. As they came up and laid them on our display of hope, they received a hope magazine in return.
The children also made beautiful messages of hope, for a little four-year-old girl in the Philippines called Trinity. An organisation called Open Doors had made me aware of her story. She had been badly burned in a sectarian attack against Christians. Without going into too much detail with our own small children, we wrote messages of love and hope to send to her, see the picture below.
We can all have hope, and we can all offer hope.
Thank for fabulous support for our Bazaar, it was all good fun and we raised £1070 which was excellent. Thank you to Father Christmas for paying us a visit and to everyone who baked, contributed, shopped and donated.
Put our Christmas Bazaar in your diary and come along to see our fabulous Santa's workshop display and the kids can visit Father Christmas. Lots of stalls and refreshments plus a raffle
What can you do to help us fund-raise? Come and spend some money? Donate a raffle prize? Buy some raffle tickets?
We'd love to see you on the day. Contact us for further information or to run a stall or make a donation.
All the benefits of singing for children. We have a children’s choir this Sunday morning at st Peter and St Johns church. Come at 9.30 am for the practise, they take part in the service which starts at 10.30am and are ready to go home by 11.30am. Melody leads the choir and is a qualified music teacher. We’d love to see your kidsgooddayswithkids.com/songs-and-activities/benefits-singing-with-child/
To book a place please either email email@example.com or just come along:
Please note this a FREE activity, (a donation is welcome but not vital) and it is a parent and child together activity morning. You cannot leave your children with us.
We now hold Messy Church on one morning EVERY school holiday (in the summer holidays it's three mornings and you can leave your children)
Harvest Parade Service this Sunday at 10:30am.
We are looking for a new cleaner for our church hall starting as soon as possible. This entails working two hours per week (at least one hour must be on a Friday) in term time with hours negotiable during school holidays.
Main duties include
Cleaning of main hall (swept/ hoovered) and empty bins.
Clean kitchen work surfaces and sinks and wash floor. Empty bins and restocked paper towels.
Clean toilets including washing floor, restocked supply of paper towels and toilet rolls if necessary & empty bins.
Alert treasurer to any cleaning materials required including toilet rolls & paper towels. Cleaning items found under sink or in cupboard.
Pay £8.00 per hour payable at the end of each month (number of hours to be e-mailed to treasurer after last Friday of the month)
Contact treasurer: Linda Wakeling on 568373
Churchwarden Yvonne Rollins