At the Barclay Viewforth Learning Community in February, we had the idea of having our own mini version for Connect Plus, to spend time looking back, taking stock and planning ahead. This month we put the idea into action. We crafted lots of happy faces (and a few sad ones just in case). Then we… Continue Reading Connect Plus
Dear Friends, As I write this letter we have just gone through an emotional Easter Sunday service. Not only did we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection but we also celebrated the end of 14 years of Sam’s ministry at Barclay Viewforth Church. I hope that we were able to do justice to both. Sam’s departure leaves a… Continue Reading Don’t worry…
A very special Armistice Centenary remembrance service last Sunday. There was respect for sacrifices made balanced with a re-commitment to the work of reconciliation that Jesus called us to share with Him, following His example of reaching out across barriers of ethnicity, religion, social standing and so on. It included time for reflection, listening to… Continue Reading Time for reflection
Sunny day at the Meadows Festival, lots of chatting, Robin’s balloon animals and children icing biscuits with the wonderful team from Barclay Viewforth.
This year has flown by so quickly, we are already at the stage of planning the big end of term bash. This is normally a ceilidh, and while ideas are being bandied about as alternatives, so far nothing has yet come top of the list. The group has really grown this year, into a well… Continue Reading News from Connect Plus
PASTORAL LETTER The 5 senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste… Which is your strongest? I know that there is proof that if you have a deficiency in any one, then the others will work harder for you to compensate. I’ve had poor hearing for many years but my strongest sense is that of smell. I can… Continue Reading “Sorrow and love flow mingled down.”
Could you help a family on crisis get back on their feet? Find out more by listening to this excellent and moving introduction by Linda Hoskins to the work of Safe Families for Children.
Connect Plus The summer break has provided rest and relaxation for the team, and now we are ready to get going again and plan for the first of our autumn meetings on Tuesday 6 September. We were very sad to hear of the sudden death in July of Paul Merchant, whose work was tireless in… Continue Reading Connect Plus
Sam, our Minister, gave us a challenge on Easter Sunday. Each of us took a paper cup with soil and a sunflower seed as a symbol of hope and told us to nurture it. Is your hope growing? Perhaps not as impressively as Connie’s with her careful cultivation – a good position and a few carefully arranged used… Continue Reading Hope springs eternal!
This week we were continuing the theme of listening to God. Starting with the big fish theme, we cut out and decorated fish, followed by a hilarious game of “flip the kipper”, suggested by Robin, one of our stand-ins. Calm was restored temporarily, until the improvised drama following the Bible reading resulted in a most… Continue Reading Connect Plus