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September 8th Sunday Club Anniversary
Blowing out the candle on the birthday cake.
With the theme of ‘Always be ready’ we had a visiting firefighter tell us about how they prepare for their work.
Prepared for a holiday, prepared for an accident, prepared for Christmas and prepared to deal with an emergency.
and with some of our Sunday Club
Our ‘vine’ of prayers on balloons.
April 21st Easter Sunday
After the 8am Holy Communion service we gathered in the church hall for Easter Breakfast – we were well fed!
After breakfast we had our all age celebration service during which the symbols were removed from the Lent Cross which was then smothered in flowers. The pictures show the gradual transformation from a plain wooden cross to a beautiful symbol of New Life.
Detail of some of the flowers:
April 19th Good Friday
We started with a short service at the Old Independent Church, Hamlet Road.
Then followed the cross along the High Street to the Market Square.
A welcome from Rev Peter Goodhall and the message – The Impact of the Nails – from Major Linda Squirrell.
Sung worship led by the band and a solo from Jacqui during the prayer activity.
Then hot cross buns and tea/coffee in St Mary’s Church!
April 7th All Age talk with Major David Squirrell from the Salvation Army.
Making the point that the closer we are to Jesus the better our likelihood of hitting His target for us.
April 6th – Messy Church Easter Activities
and the team that fed them all
March 1st – (Women’s) World Day of Prayer
The table prepared for a Slovenian Celebration with traditional honey biscuits, bread,red carnations – a symbol of celebration – plus grapes and wine in a ceramic jug, products of Slovenia.
Some of the ladies involved in the service. Those sitting at the table took the parts of Slovenian women, reading their stories of life in Slovenia.
Jacqueline in Slovenian National Costume
Refreshments – with the traditional honey biscuits – after the service.
December 16th – Carol Service & Nativity
A few shots of the young people towards the end of the Nativity (not very good as it was dark and they were moving!)
We were reminded that our children and young people are a gift from God and this was illustrated for us.
December 2nd – Toy Service
We bring toys which are received by the Town Mayor on behalf of social services for distribution to local families in need at Christmas.
November 11th – Remembrance 100
Our Remembrance Poppy Cascade in honour of the fallen, but especially those whose names are inscribed on our Memorial Stone.
October 21st – Pioneer Commissioning
Charmaine Slade was commissioned as the very first Methodist Pioneer not just from this District but from the whole Methodist Connexion.
Charmaine with Rev Barbara Garwood (Deputy Chair of District) and Rev Peter Goodhall.
Charmaine with Senior Church Steward Jacqueline Stewart
October 7th – Harvest Festival Gifts
The Prayer Sunflower – the petals are post-it notes with prayers on.
Harvest Lunch – a veritable feast! Thanks to Dave R, Mike W & Mick E for all their hard work in preparing it.
Farewell presentation to Captain Andrew & Gemma Payne
June 24th – Youth for Christ Celebration Roadshow
The strawberry laces game
The ping pong ball game
Car Pool Testimony
The new logo
June 17th – Ability Sunday
Members of our Lantern Group for adults with learning disabilities led the service.
The pieces of wool representing us all joined together – they are being knitted into a scarf, picture when it’s done!
Share and Prayer time.
Drama – The Crowd, all wearing hats!
Zaccheus in his sycamore tree.
Jesus speaks to Zaccheus.
Singing “The Father Himself loves you” to each other at the end of the service.
April 1st – Easter Sunday
Decorating the Lenten Cross
The children investigate the ’empty tomb’
March 30th – Good Friday Walk of Witness and service following, with prayers on post-it notes on the cross – and of course the hot cross buns!
March 25th – Palm Sunday procession – complete with donkey!
December 3rd – Toy Service with the Mayor
October 8th – Harvest Festival and Harvest Lunch
September 10th – Sunday Club Anniversary
What the young people created over the summer to illustrate God’s Superheros:
Miss Thelma Mills is presented with her Long Service Certificate by Rev Peter Goodhall, to celebrate 60 years of being a Methodist Local Preacher.
June 20th – 30th Anniversary of the opening of Next Door, our coffee/book shop and drop-in centre.
June 18th – Official opening and dedication of The Loft, our new upper room in the church hall, by Rev Julian Pursehouse – Chair of the East Anglia District. The room will mostly be used for young people’s activities.
May 27th – Cake sale for Christian Aid, about £100 raised!
April 16th – Easter Morning!
The congregation decorate the Lenten Cross with flowers to celebrate the resurrection, having removed the symbols of Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion.
The children make an Easter Garden.
December 4th – Toy Service
The congregation donate new toys to be distributed by Social Services to less fortunate children around the town.
The Town Mayor, Councillor David Roach and his wife, received the toys on behalf of Social Services.
Two of our young people were wrapped as gifts to illustrate giving of ourselves.
December 2nd – Christmas Shopping Night
We put on two tableaux showing a traditional Nativity scene and how it might look in these times.
September 11th – Sunday Club Anniversary Service
Some of the things the children and their leaders made over the summer for this service about Noah and the flood.
March 26th – Find the Sheep and Messy Church event
December 24th – Crib service with Christingles
December 6th – Toys donated at the annual Toy Service
December 4th – Outreach at the Family Christmas Night: giving away hot fruit punch, mince pies & ‘goody bags’
October 4th – Harvest Festival: gifts donated were given to Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge; we also enjoyed a good lunch
June 27th – Outreach on the Recreation Ground: giving away cakes, biscuits & drinks, with activities for little ones
March 6th-8th – Church Weekend Away at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire