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16 Apr 2017

Easter events

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Just completed our Easter bonnet experience which we held jointly with Sapcote Methodist Church. We wore our bonnets and walked together from All Saints Church to the Methodist Church where we had an egg hunt, Easter crafts and hot cross buns – yummy!

 

How did you start your Easter Sunday?

We had a Sunrise service followed by breakfast together!

22 Aug 2014

New Wine 2014 reflection

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Where do I begin to tell the story of our week away at New Wine 2014? A truly memorable week; a whirl; a safe and friendly environment; a challenge; intense; relaxing; all of the above applied because New Wine is what you want to make of it. It was like a big family party with all that that entails; much happiness; sometimes frivolous; sometimes hilarious; on occasions serious, intense and informative.

It was noisy (very noisy in Urban Impact, Jill had to don ear plugs) and lively but there was also space for peace and reflection (in Hungry and in the Sanctuary).

There is much to choose from and yet you are free to choose as much or as little as you want.

As I think these thoughts and images come flooding in:

a great venue; I loved the way the site curled up at the edge and we were on the edge. We had a lovely overview of proceedings and it gave me the sense of being part of something significant. One morning as I walked down for a shower the mist created an illusion that the site was on an island. It was amazing;

Jesus changing lives – many people being ‘born-again’, many re-committing their lives to the Lord and many healings taking place;

events were scheduled from 07.15 – 23.00, though I stumbled across one venue that was open from 05.30 for families who had children who are early risers;

engaging speakers (catch Robbie Dawkins if you can); challenging topics; bible study streams and one-offs (one I went to was titled ‘Hope for Israel’ and was given by a Jewish tour guide who gave us some very interesting perspectives on the Jews hope through the first 5 books of the bible and the hope Jews have through prayer.);

a busy open air food hall; an indoor Christian market and several cafeterias run by the likes of Tearfund, the Bible Society and Compassion;

a pub quiz; a karaoke, a jazz night, a big band night and a hoe down & hog roast are just some of the later evening entertainments;

afternoon family films, like ‘Frozen’, shown daily and films such as ‘Noah’ shown in the evenings;

several groups of 600-800 children marching off to a special event in the main arena;

over 600 children sponsored through Compassion during the fortnight (sponsorship £25p.m.);

Rob Evans painting!

Don’t do tents or caravans? Well neither do we naturally. It really doesn’t seem to matter for a week because, as we discovered during the week, many others shared the same thought but still they came.

Can I encourage you to think about 2015, it will be a great time because God is definitely at the party and He will meet with you in a way you need!

JimMatthews

30 Mar 2013

Easter Crafts & “Chreasure Hunt” (Christian Treasure Hunt)

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Crafts

In the church hall…

Many tables of crafts, for all ages (young and those ‘young at heart’) were filled with people:

– Making Easter Cards

– Moulding Clay

– Decorating Eggs

– And the messy favourite, making Easter Gardens

Meanwhile, in the church…

Teams hunted high and low for the craftily hidden clues that would earn the explorers a prize. The last twist in this tale, is that once the clues were solved, participants had to draw ‘lots’ to see what size of prize they won. (echoing what happened to Jesus’s clothes – think this says too much about Jim’s sense of humour…)

The event took place on Easter Saturday (30th March) between one and five in the afternoon. A fun and active time was had by all, with the cogs of productivity being well oiled by coffee and cakes!

Well organised Jim & Jill and a BIG thanks to all who attended for your support!

27 Mar 2013

Passover Meal

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A gathering of folks from All Saints enjoyed a time of fellowship with a passover meal.

It was a moving and fun time. We will surely run this again!

Led expertly by Richard, with audience participation by everyone! Food was masterfully provided by Ron.

Thanks both.

 

The different foods in the meal, symbolise certain aspects of the exodus of the Jewish people from Eygypt.

PassoverSeder

Image courtesy of the BBC, more infomation on the Passover (or Seder) can be found at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/holydays/passover_1.shtml

22 Feb 2013

Lets get Quizzical

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question-markStarting with a fish and chip supper, the way all good stories start…

Friends gathered at the church hall and enjoyed an evening of fellowship. The fish and chips were delivered; and with options as imaginative as beans, peas or chilli, nothing was left to chance!

A very light hearted and, yet, nail bitingly competitve quiz ensued. With 6 differently themed rounds, all academic and silly questions were covered.

And with the world set to rights, all political decisions debated, national policy corrected, the weary travellers went home to a sound sleep, the way all good stories end…

4 Jun 2012

Charity Fun Run Report

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The fun run, held on Saturday 12th May 2012, was a great success! After all the rain of the previous few weeks, the Friday was a dry day and Saturday morning started with glorious sunshine. By about 10:00 a.m. we had 10 marshalls in place around the course and 29 runners lined up ready to start. Shortly after 10:00 the town crier, Mr Jo David, announced the start with a loud call! The route, around the playing field and along the bridleway to Sharnford and back, was reasonably dry (with a few muddy patches) and didn’t cause any problems. Feedback from runners suggested that they appreciated encouragement from the marshalls as they went past. At the half way desk in Sharnford they were all given a smiley face sticker and a drink of water, if needed. The first runner back arrived 17 minutes after the start, which seemed incredibly fast for a 4.5km run! Then the rest gradually arrived, until eventually all were safely back.
In the background, Christine and Claire were providing tea, coffee, squash, biscuits and toast for whoever wanted it; runners, helpers or spectators.
It was a genuinely good fun, friendly event with people of all ages involved. We received many positive comments from the runners (or walkers), and the consensus was that we should definitely do this again.
I would like to thank Jo David, the town crier; Jonathon Haw and the Sapcote and Stoney Stanton branch of “Community First Responders” who attended as first aiders (but thankfully were not called upon); our church members and friends who acted as marshalls; Christine and Claire for the refreshments and, of course, everyone who took part.
 
The registration fees covered all administration costs.  With donations and sponsorship money, we have made £246 for the two charities supported, Tear Fund and Cancer Research UK, which is excellent. If anyone has any more sponsorship money to come in, please contact me.
 
Dave Harrold

3 Mar 2012

Women’s World Day of Prayer

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Womens world day of prayerYesterday was Women’s World Day of Prayer. This is an annual event which is held on the first Friday in March at 7 pm. In Sharnford, the Methodist Church and St. Helen’s Church always join together to organise and celebrate this event. Members of All Saints Church, Sapcote were invited to join the meeting.

The theme was Let Justice Prevail and was written by Women in Malayasia. Jill Matthews (member of All Saints Church, Sapcote Local Ministry Team) let the meeting and Barbara Bircumshaw (Minister from Hinckley Methodist Circuit which includes Sharnford Chapel and Sapcote Methodist church) gave a talk on the theme of Let Justice Prevail. Readings were from Habakkuk 1 v2-5, 3v2 and 3v17-19 and Luke 18 v1-18.

In 2013 the event will be held in Sharnford Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane on Friday 1st March. The theme, from the women of France, will be I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me. You will be very welcome to join us next year!

26 Feb 2012

Prayer afternoon

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Yesterday we met together for a prayer afternoon. As always, people were encouraged to come for a while and stay as long as they were able to. We started with a time of praise and then focussed our prayers on verse 37 from Matthew 22 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

We spent time praying around Psalm 103 –

Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

We felt that God was telling us to be the best we can for Him in all we do.

The second session focussed on Matthew 22 verse 39 Love your neighbour as yourself. We prayed about forthcoming events in Leicester and Sapcote, including the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

1 Feb 2012

The idea of this…

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… is to write about events that have happened, as a source of inspiration for future plans.