Saturday, 31 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
It was a pleasure to meet the new director of Christian Aid Loretta Minghella OBE (far left of the photo).As chief executive Loretta is responsible for strategic direction, plans and programmes.
The event was called 'Jazz and Jam' a celebration of the work of Christian Aid in the North East.
A beautiful jazz group played whilst champagne and cake (with raspberry jam inside) was served on the lawn. All the refreshments were donated for the event.
Friday, 23 July 2010
(photo's are not allowed this was taken as we queued together outside).
Tea was served on the lawn underneath large marquee's (tiny cucumber or ham & picallili sandwich's with a selection of little cakes- strawberry tarts, lemon tarts, victoria sponge & dundee cake with tea, iced coffee or apple juice).
Bands played as we toured the beautiful gardens, a wonderful experience for us all.
(This was the Garden Party Bnp Leader Nick Griffin was prevented from attending!)
Saturday, 17 July 2010
God's Spirit Transforming People and Communities was the theme of the Wesley Study Centre Event on 13th July 2010 at St John's College, Durham.
Steve Chalke was the keynote speaker alongside workshops and seminars on music in worship with Jane Kitson , preaching imaginatively with Kate Bruce, Halifax Street Angels with Paul Blakey, Wood Sculpture with Paul Lucas and outdoor activities being used to explore christian spirituality with Jane Cook.
Some quotes from Steve Chalke the keynote speaker........
'We have turned Christianity into a leisure pursuit and then we wonder why we don't have passion anymore'
'What is the best discipleship course? ........come follow Jesus into some scary places.'
'It's not about reading the bible it's about absorbing the story.'
Rev'd Paul Lucas made a wood sculpture for the event which participants contributed to making a 'Tree of Life' with words from the Psalms written on.
Seeing Applecart (Phil Summers & Peter Moreton) for the first time re-telling a portion of John's gospel was amazing they were brilliant.
Using storytelling, music and drama they tell Gospel stories in a pub in the east End of London.
It was great to be with my colleagues in Durham for the day where I have the privilege of being a part-time member of staff as a diaconal tutor, it is a wonderful place to work and study.
Click here to visit Wesley Study Centre, Durham website
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Making Connections at Breakout 2010..........
A brilliant event, professionally co-ordinated by our great Methodist children and youth team.
Well done to everyone involved it was excellent
With loads of energy, fun, humour and enthusiasm we explored the theme of CONNECT
CONNECTing with God
CONNECTing with God's world
CONNECTing with each other
Connecting with God in vibrant worship, music,
In the "Big Top" with the 'signers' leading us.
In "The Well"
Through the Roaming Communion with Rev Jo Cox
Connecting with each other through fun and laughter
and through thoughtful reflection in bible study
It was good to have a chat with some of our young people about what God meant to them and about the positive views they had about thier local church.
Connecting to God in the world in the MRDF Global action tent..........
This venue gave young people the chance to learn about and get involved with Chrisitan organisations who are working with others to make a difference.
An opportunity to act
All in all the 65th Methodist Youth Weekend and the final Breakout was a fantastic event.
Click here to link to Methodist Young People's website