Another busy week has flown by. It was a week of meetings and courses for some, crafting and coffee for others, culminating in a fun filled weekend.
On Saturday a car load of people from St. Cuthbert’s and I might add one from St. James ventures bravely into the outskirts of Huddersfield for the intriguingly entitled ‘Making Connections Conference’ organised by the Diocesan Children & Youth department. There were a series of workshops on a variety of subjects (even one on Messy Church led by Colin). There was also a very thought provoking talk by Mary Hawes on the principles and practice of All Age Worship. It proved to be a worthwhile day, culminating in Colin selling books out of the boot of his car!
Saturday night and the hall was full of music and dancing as we celebrated the 70th birthday of Stewart Knowles. It was a great occasion and something of a surprise for him. The food was wonderful and Steve Harvey devised two more of his fiendishly difficult quizzes. Thanks to everyone who kept the secret and works so hard to put on the part.
Our main service on Sunday was Cafe Church which drew together over 60 people. The theme was prayer together and it raised some very interesting discussion. We also held a Clypping. It is an ancient practice on Mothering Sunday to embrace the church in a symbolic hug. We joined hands and prayer for the life of St. Cuthbert’s and then turned outwards to offer ourselves in service to the community. We were joined by some of our Iranian friends and over discussion after the service have finally found a way of communicating with them in Farsi. Praise God!
Sunday evening saw us gathering for Live @ Costa. Indeed it was a full house with over 80 people turning out to support Chris Gates from St James. Chris although somewhat nervous to start with did us proud and enjoyable evening was had by all. We also managed to raise a further £32 for Zephaniah as we found a new owner for Oswald the Dinosaur – well done Natalie.
Our prayer this week is prompted by Mothering Sunday which for many is a source of joy but for others a remembrance of sadness and loss. Please prayer this prayer to stand alongside for those in both situations.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Thank you for mums and children
and for all the joy of family life.
Be with those who are grieving because they have no mother;
Be close to those who are struggling because they have no children;
Be near to those who are sad because they are far apart from those they love.
Let your love be present in every home,
And help your church to have eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of all who come.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.