Kite-making at Roe Green Church
It was a sunny but not a particularly windy afternoon when up to fifty kites could be seen flying in the sky above a local playground near to Roe Green Church, Worsley, Greater Manchester. The ‘kite-making’ event had been arranged by the church to both publicise ‘Messy Church’ and to act as a bridge building activity to the local community with the aim of getting to know some new families and to improve existing contacts. The event exceeded all expectations with the entire kite-making materials being used. The members of the church who were involved felt that the event had made a positive impression of Roe Green Church and therefore of Jesus in the community.
Nelson Whitsuntide Walk
On the Saturday morning of the Whitsuntide weekend a good number of members belonging to Nelson I.M. church joined a ‘Walk of Witness’ which had hastily been arranged by the local Churches in Covenant. Those participating sang worship songs as they walked a short distance through Nelson town centre allowing friends from different churches to mingle together in witness, with the banners of all the churches being carried together at the front of the walk as a sign of Christian unity. When the walk reached the centre of Nelson there was a time of worship before the contingent of Independent Methodists returned to church for lunch. It is hoped that next year, with more time for preparation, the event will be bigger and better. Grateful thanks for our splendid new banner which was designed by the children of our Sunday School and made by Kevin and Janet Diggins.
President visits Bristol
Once again Bristol Circuit enjoyed fellowship with Eric Southwick during the President’s visit over the weekend of the 18th and 19th June. As the Sunday was Fathers’ Day, the churches in Bristol were thankful that Eric’s family had allowed him to visit them during that weekend.
Eric’s visit began on the Saturday when the members of all three churches got together at Mount Zion Church to welcome him to Bristol. In contrast to the rainy weather outside, Eric gave a message that was full of ‘sunshine’ and hope for the future. On the following day, Sunday, members from the three congregations all gathered together again for worship at Mill Lane Church.
Throughout the visit there was a lovely time of fellowship and Eric reminded everyone that they are all part of God’s Kingdom. He explained that it didn’t matter if they were few in number, what age they were or what qualifications they had, they all had a part to play in bringing people to know the Lord.
The churches in Bristol would like to thank Eric for coming to them on Father’s Day weekend and as the President of the Connexion for bringing a ‘Father’s’ message. On his next visit he will hopefully bring his family.
Congratulations to Miss Pearl Rutter, a member of Bingley I.M. Church who this year achieved one of the highest awards in scouting, ‘The Queen's Scout Award’. This led to Pearl being invited to attend
the Parade of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle on May 1st 2011, followed by the service in St. George's Chapel.
Pearl's achievement followed an earlier success in 2009 when she received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. This was presented to Pearl by Prince Edward at St James' Palace.
Pearl's family and the church fellowship at Bingley are particularly proud of, and pleased for her as she has had to cope with a serious and disabling illness for most of her life. She has a lifelong association with Bingley, from her baptism through to full membership and has a strong faith in the Lord Jesus.