Church and Community Pastoral News (Feb)

Hi Everyone,

I know this is the February Newsletter, but Happy New Year to you all anyway. I am about to do a review of Christmas, when we are already thinking about Valentines Day and Lent!

I hope you all enjoyed ‘Journey of the Magi’ by Springs Dance Company on December 22nd; it was lovely for KMC to have this production and it was very well attended, a lovely atmosphere. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.

We had a lovely Christmas and New Year, a mixture of seeing family and friends and having time to ourselves, to walk and visit a few coffee shops.

Our grandchildren had a lovely time. Our older two were especially excited, our younger one was more interested to splash in puddles!

We are ticking ’things we want to do before we leave’ off our list. One of these was to visit the lovely Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. In December we went to hear ‘Inspirational Voices’, a gospel choir who were BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2016/17. What an amazing evening we had. The acoustics of The Hall, with their amazing voices and the joy and faith they sang with, was indeed Inspirational. We have now booked to go to the Gospel Festival which will be at Stoller Hall, featuring a number of Gospel Choirs. There is just something about music that lifts you to a higher plain.

Just before Christmas my cousin, David, died He was 64 years old. A very sad time, especially for his mother, wife, children and grandchildren. Like many of you, I have experienced a lot of bereavements, some tragic, some too soon and others in the natural order. Rob and I always begin the New Year looking back at the last year and being thankful for all that has happened and then committing to God the year ahead. This year I spent extra time feeling thankful for so many good memories from my life for those who have gone before. I have also had a number of conversations about death and dying with my children during the last few months and it has been good and positive to talk and think and be open about something that can be a subject we don’t talk about enough. So, for me let’s live every day fully experiencing life and serving God, but let’s not be afraid of preparing for death and being with God for all eternity – ’the best is yet to come’.

So, as you will see from the poster later in the magazine, the Outreach Action Group are working with our youth to do some work on Room 6. It is very exciting to re-work this room to make it into a better space for our young people and also for them to invite their friends to. I know everyone will be supportive of investing in our youth and will support both the coffee morning and car wash on Saturday February 8th and the £2 Jam Jars idea.

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship continues in February when, on 11th, we have our own David Waters speaking to us about ‘Working with Songs of Praise’ and, on February 25th, Paul Unwin from Trading Standards will be sharing with us. Everyone is welcome.

Our Tuesday lunches are on hold until the work on the new toilets is complete. We will contact everyone as soon as we are able to begin again.

Cameo, in February, is on Sunday February 23rd at 3.30pm when David and Eve James will share with us and afterwards will be our afternoon tea in the Hall, everyone of all ages welcome.

So, as I said at the beginning of the letter, Lent begins on Wednesday 26th February where, traditionally, we give something up for Lent, which is great, or maybe we could take something new on during Lent. I have already decided (although Rob doesn’t know this yet!), I am going to have 3 meat free days a week, stop drinking tea and coffee and I am going to stop at 12pm every day to pray for 5 minutes.

I think it’s just good, as an act of discipline, to have a time when there is a focus, although if it doesn’t work out for us we don’t need to beat ourselves up.

“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault- finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store.” N.T Wright.

Carol Cotton

Church and Community Pastoral Worker

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