Archive for September, 2019

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Leader :Margaret Wells   Reading   Philemon

Philemon is a book of only one chapter  22 verses   but it has been a great influence over the years  – Paul is asking the people to forgive Philemon his sins and accept him back into the family  (He has been in prison)   this is a very difficult thing for him to ask  –  we do not find it easy to forgive anyone and accept them back with open arms  no matter what they have done.   If our neighbour has entirely different views than ours  can we accept him and be good friends with him ?    There is a saying  “Never forgive  never forget”  and this is difficult to ignore.    Do we speak to those we meet when we go shopping, or on public transport ?  How much harder it is to accept someone into our close family circle.   Slavery stilll exists  do we try to befriend those we feel  might be not so free as we are?      There are many ways to befriend people  –  start by saying hallo to  a stranger and see where it leads.

Sunday 1st September 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels   Redings :  Ecclesiastes  9  7-15  John 10 7-10                                                               It is the 1st September today  children are going back to school, holidays are over, the start of autumn.   Have you joyous memories of sumer?  There has been joy during the Summer Joys programme at both churches  and joy on our summer holidays as well as other joyful occasions.   No a l life has been joyous but during the bad times we are upheld by the thought that these will end and joy will come.     Suzanne and Keith have just been to a museum in Paris which was about the Allies  entering Paris 75 years ago.  There was a dress on show which had been made by a lady who had heard that the allies were coming and she made the dress in anticipation of this event.  Can you imagine the joy she felt when she was able to wear it  after being occupied by German forces they were once again free of oppression.       Ecclesiastes has many references to joy       i.e   1  2        2  24-25         6  1-2     9  7-10

Suzanne and Keith were given a voucher from the church  to hear Kate Busby at the City Hall for their Silver Wedding

Saturday 31s August 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Keith and Sally Bradley opened their garden and provided scones and buns and plenty of tea and coffee in aid of our pipe organ  which is in need of repair.   Ably assisted in the kitchen by Joanne.    Despite a heavy rainfall about 12.30 which soon cleared everyone had a lovely time.  Thanks to the Bradleys for their hard work