Church and Community Pastoral News – Feb 2019

Church and Community Pastoral News – Feb  2019

Hi Everyone,

Having had the last 3 months not working (sort of!) as unpaid leave, it has been helpful to refresh and meet up with family and friends and support Rob in all that he does. Thank you everyone for the chats and coffees throughout that time.  Back in my November letter I said that I had an essay to do after a course I attended at Cliff College, I know you will all have been wondering if I did it and, yes, I did and passed so that was encouraging.  So, now back properly and March is looking pretty full, both at KMC and in our family. 

We have Firefest, I have people staying, meals to prepare, I am starting to regularly look after our youngest granddaughter.  I am an airport taxi during the month, Rob has his zip wire challenge, we have a wedding and the Mayor’s Ball and have organised a family party for 100 in Staffordshire for Rob’s birthday.  So March is looking quite full for us, but all lovely things.

Making sure that we all find those moments of quietness and stillness to spend time with God, in whatever way works best for us, is so important in the busyness of life.  A quote from Mother Teresa: ‘We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to Him, to listen to Him, to ponder His words deep in our hearts.  We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed.  Silence gives us a new outlook on life.  In it we are filled with the energy of God Himself that makes us do all things with joy.’ 

Hampers of Hope ceases as a charity at the end of March. I would like to publicly thank Jackie and Barbara for their amazing hard work and commitment to the Hampers and to the Hope Centre. Jenny and Margaret have worked tirelessly to store and sort food in our cupboard and make up Hampers and then we have a number of volunteers who have delivered Hampers, many of whom will continue to do so for the new charity.  Thank you for all you have done for Hampers of Hope on behalf of KMC.  One of the most difficult things is to recognise when we have done ‘our bit’ either individually or as a Church and stop or change what we do. 

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship is a joy to be a part of, we have had some wonderful speakers, worship, quizzing, crafting, eating, chatting and even a visit to the pantomime.  It’s a lot of fun and also very  informative,. If you haven’t been before, pick up a leaflet from one of the notice boards in the Hall and come along, you will be most welcome.

Cameo is really good, thanks to so many volunteers who bake, shop, make sandwiches, display cakes, lay tables, wash up, lead worship, play the organ and chat. The worship is full of variety and very relaxed.  It is a very happy service, but also very supportive and friendships are made and strengthened, especially afterwards during the lovely afternoon tea. So, come along, bring your friends, neighbours and family, all ages welcome.

Carol

Carol Cotton

Church and Community Pastoral Worker

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