Church and Community Pastoral Report, by Carol Cotton (Sept)

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year! For those of you who think I have gone slightly mad, the Methodist New Year begins in September, when Ministers have moved and begin their work in a new setting.

I hope you have all had a good summer, we have not quite had the weather we had last year, but I pray you will feel refreshed ready for September. In August I did a house swap with my daughter and her family, they came to Knutsford and I went, with a friend to that well known holiday destination Sheffield. Actually it was lovely and good to have a break whilst Rob was away and it gave me the opportunity to spend time with my sons and families.

During the summer I have been reading a few books and one of the themes has been being thankful, being contented and being joyful, whatever the circumstances you find yourselves in. For me, trying to adopt that mind set really helps in every day life. A quote from Henri Nouwen: ‘Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day’.

During August we kept Tuesday lunches going for 3 extra weeks and I cooked. People love coming to Tuesday lunches so much that this was well received, even with my cooking! There are always places available for anyone who would like to come along, just give the office a call and book in.

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship has had a break over the Summer but the new leaflet for the whole of this year’s meetings is now available on the notice board in the hall and in various other places. Please do consider coming along to this, anyone at all can come, we have such good speakers who are well worth listening to.

‘Hope Central’, which is the Food Bank we support, are always in need of food. There is usually a list above the red bins to give you an idea of what we are short of. The Welcome have become much more involved in this and are now a central point for referrals and soon the Hope Centre will operate from there. Please do support this charity. Cameo has continued to meet on the fourth Sunday of each month, it’s such a lovely thing to be involved in and to come along to. When people come along for the first time, they love the informality of the worship and are always surprised at the standard of the afternoon tea. Cameo is for everyone of any age.

The Pastoral Work of our Church continues, some organised through me, but much of it very organic, as the Church family care for one another. We pray for those who we know who are now in full time residential or nursing care, that they will know that God is with them

Carol Cotton

Church and Community Pastoral Worker

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