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In September, a special service of worship was held at Wesley Methodist Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex entitled a Celebration of the Contribution of Older People.
Prior to the service, older people were visited to learn more about their life stories and activities, past and present. Favourite hymns and Bible readings were included in the service.
The minister, Pastor Steve Mayo, spoke about celebrating not only what older people had contributed in the past but also what they can still contribute to church life with their wealth of experience and knowledge.
There was a large congregation for the special service and it was a joyous occasion, honouring many contributions over the years and those that are ongoing.
Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield
In the summer Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield attended Chesterfield Pride. The church is the first religious organisation to be represented at Chesterfield Pride, attending with the message ‘God Loves Everyone’.
The team of enthusiastic volunteers, including members from other churches, gave out stickers displaying the Dignity and Worth rainbow sheep with the caption ‘Loved By God’. Many of those encountered were keen to wear the stickers, even some of those who declared themselves not to be Christians.
In addition to stickers, biscuits and information leaflets, the volunteers talked to those attending the event asking how the church can make everyone feel safe and welcome. The conversations were welcomed, with many people saying what a great thing it was for a church to be represented at the event and the importance of building bridges to make God accessible to all.
Many shared stories of their personal experience of church, with themes of both heartbreak and joy. Chesterfield Methodist will use comments from the event to help them continue their journey in becoming a more welcoming church.
LEARNING AND CARING
Trinity Church, Abingdon
Over seventy supporters of Trinity Learning gathered at Trinity Church, Abingdon in September to mark ten years of supporting well-being in local schools. Trinity Learning began in October 2009, when Trinity Church, Abingdon, appointed Rosemary Perrow as their education development officer. Her remit was to explore ways in which the church could use its time, talents and space to enhance the quality of life for those working in local schools, both students and staff.
Trinity Learning has provided small group workshops free of charge to over 3,500 students from 22 local schools. Projects have included “Putting Yourself First” INSET sessions for staff and supported work experience. Trinity Church is regularly used as an outside classroom and they have developed a partnership with the local primary school, helping it to become a Beacon School for the Peaceful Schools Movement.
During the event, Rosemary, the original and now retiring education development officer who worked so hard to establish the scheme, was presented with gifts and cards by the Revd Ian Griffiths. Rosemary is succeeded by the new education development officer, Nicola Williams..
Kingswood Methodist Church, Wollaton
Wollaton community groups and residents have celebrated the opening of a new community space in Kingswood Methodist Church.
Reordering and opening up the interior of the old space has created a bright, welcoming area which greatly enhances the experience of the community. Toilets have been moved and refurbished and an accessible WC provided. The kitchen hatch has also been relocated to assist the serving of refreshments.
The work was carried out with the assistance of the community and a grant from the Methodist Church Fund for Property and the FCC Communities Foundation.
The Revd Christine Fox, minister of Kingswood Methodist Church, is delighted that the new community space is now in use. She commented: “This new light, open space at the heart of Kingswood is a brilliant resource for our current and wider community in Wollaton. We are extremely grateful to those who helped fund it as without their support we would not have been able to go ahead.”
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