As the person who usually loads up others contributions to this site, I usually stay behind the scenes. However today I’m breaking my own resolution for two reasons.
Firstly today I attended the New Venture service for the first time for a while, mainly because I was rostered to do the Fair Trade stall today. I had stopped going to New Venture because It had lost it’s freshness (at least to me) but today was excellent. Only one person’s view of course but the hymns, background music, sermon and the balance of traditional liturgy with new worship was a wonderful experience and if something similar is continued I may well become a regular attender at that particular service again! So, many thanks to all but particularly to Ian and Ruth officiating today, Valerie for the participatory percussion instruments and Tracey for managing the music.
Another special mention to Vestry who have finally sorted out the heating. The new radiators are not intrusive in the church and the gradual disrobing of outer clothes throughout the service by those present brought a smile to my face!
While I’m here I’ll just mention the other things happening this week.
On Tuesday 9th at 10.30am we will be holding our usual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party in St James church hall. All welcome to come and partake of our usual yummy pancakes!
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent) and there will be services at the usual 10.30 am and a further service at 7pm. Imposition of ashes will be available (but not compulsory) at both services. Again all are welcome.
Finally this year’s Lent course will start on Friday (7pm in the Parsonage – just across the road from St James’), during the course we will be looking at some of Pope Francis’ ideas on sharing the love of God.
So lots going on in addition to the usual weekly services (see my previous post). In addition you can find details of other events and the Bishop’s Lent appeal on the church noticeboard. So come and join us if you can.