Vicar's update 2nd February        Steve4to5-3244373775-O

We had a busy but good weekend.  On Saturday those taking part in the Growing Leaders course spent an enjoyable day together and then the evening saw our first social event of our 150th anniversary year; a Ceilidh where church members, friends and family enjoyed dancing to The Ship band.  On Sunday Susy Dand preached about our patron Stephen at both services (the talk is now on our website). In the afternoon it was great to welcome a number of new folk at our Welcome Tea.
Last night the Church Council met and amongst other matters agreed to purchase new chairs for the church.  There are a few formalities to go through but hopefully we will have them in place before Easter ensuring a smarter look and that we are all a bit more comfortable.
You may have noticed that we haven’t had any flowers in church in recent weeks.  If you would like to see their return, perhaps you might like to volunteer to provide some one week– it’s a good opportunity to mark a celebration or remember a loved one (you can arrange them simply in a vase or do something more elaborate).  There is a sign-up sheet outside the church office - if you want to know more speak to Rosemary Beardow.

Our children's party and pantomime Pinocchio is at 3pm on Saturday (4th February). If you haven’t signed your children in yet do let the Church Office know asap.   Later in the day, there will be an evening performance of the pantomime for church members from 6.30 to approx 7.30. This is free and no tickets are needed – simply turn up.

On Sunday (5th) we will be thinking about the environment at both morning services - at 9am with a special ‘Green Communion’ and then at 10.30am All Age Worship including the baptism of Rory Haddon.  In the evening we have Open to God at 6.30pm for an hour – Andrew Dand will be speaking this week.  Come and enjoy a time of sung worship followed by teaching and prayer.

With my love,