Learning to be thankful
At the All Age Worship on 20 August we looked at various practices to help us more effectively read the bible. One of these is 'divine reading' - known as lectio divina - a practice that has been around since Benedict established it in C6. You can download the method by clicking here.
Questions posed by the Congregation on 16 July
On 16 July, the gospel for the day was the well-known Parable of the Sower. Using the idea of a seed taking its time to bring new growth, we engaged in an activity which approached this parable in a new way. The service had been planned so that the focus was on asking questions rather than providing so-called 'answers' by so-called 'experts'. We helped the message of the parable to germinate in our minds by asking questions about it. The gathered questions from the congregation can be read here.
The congregation suggested what we might do with these questions. What you are reading here was one suggestion. Others included writing an article for the September magazine and following up some of the questions at the All Age Worship service on 20 August. If, after reading them, you have some ideas as to next steps, or indeed would welcome a chance to talk through some possible answers, please get in touch via the Contacts page.
Following Mickley parish's election of Barry Onions to the post of Deputy Warden, Bywell parish has now elected Joy Marshall to the post of Assistant Warden. Both these appointments are designed to support our existing churchwardens in their roles. A Deputy Warden has the same responsibilities as a church warden, whereas an Assistant Warden has responsibilities connected to a particular situation. The particular role here is to be the first point of contact for emails coming from the diocese, the deanery and other official bodies and to communicate this information to our wardens, neither of whom have email facility.
Children's Society Boxes
Several people in the parish keep a box in their house for donations to the Children's Society. The annual box-opening in May raised £518 for this worthy cause. Thank you to all who contribute.
Friends of St Peter's Church Concert
The evening of Bach music for cello and organ held in April made over £500.
Change in the Church of England
The 'Programme for Renewal and Reform' is a comprehensive initiative involving organisational change for the whole Anglican church.