This weekend I’ve gone from coast to coast, and the snow seems to have followed me. Today I made the slow and careful journey along a snow-covered M62 to Sutton on
It was worth the journey as I was given a wonderfully warm greeting and it was good to be able to celebrate together not just what has happened over the last 150 years, but also what God might have in store in the years to come.
Following the service I shared in a faith lunch and was given the honour of cutting the anniversary cake. I then headed to the bean bags on the stage where “Hot Chocolate” can usually be found meeting when they leave the morning service.They are a group of 11 to 16 year olds and today they were also joined by the younger church group “Milkshake”. We shared in hot chocolate and a wide ranging chat together. As the stage can be a drafty place they presented me with a fleece blanket, which I thought might be useful for my journey home!
Local minister Rev Keith Borwick then took me to nearby Bransholme, one of the largest council estates in the country and with some of the highest levels of deprivation. We visited the small
For one week only they’d kindly moved to a Sunday so I could join in. The session was lead by Children and Family Worker Julia Gaines, and she was supported by her fiancé Matt who is also a lay worker but in neighbouring
The theme for today was the prodigal son, and pigs formed the centre of the craft activities. This was followed by an entertaining interpretation of the gospel story and then baked potatoes all-round. I have picked up from quite a number of churches now about how successful