Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

Monday 2nd saw Jonathan and Susannah shopping for the meal on Tuesday. Since it was only a small group (about 10), this was not too difficult a task. Susannah still had to spend most of Tuesday cooking at church so that the rest ofus could enjoy: Spring vegetable soup, lamb casserole with new potatoes, and boiled and roast vegetables, followed by rhubarb fool. Tear and share bread was used at the start to remind us Jesus breaking bread and dipping it in the bowl . A jug of fruit juice was used as a palate cleanser after the meal to remind us that he took the cup and shared it after the meal.

Our circuit service on Good Friday morning at St Mary's Wesleyan Reform Church was led by Rev. Alan Hindmarch who challenged us to consider whether there were those who we found it difficult to love. The service was well attended, and 8 of the 12 churches in the circuit were represented.

After the service, Jonathan went to the bakery to collect the hot cross buns for Mayfield.

The coffeemorning on Saturday and services on Sunday passed off without incident. Saturday required Jonathan to be looking for pictures of the resurrection on the internet so that peoplecould be given an Aide-memoire on Sunday morning. there are lot out there!

March 2012

Susannah started the month by speaking at Zion church, Denby Dale,for the "Women's world day of prayer meeting.

Jonathan continued visiting churches in the circuit by going to our Grimesthorpe church. Interestingly, the topic of the speaker was the return of the Ark of the covenant to the people, where the topic at Hampden View the previous week was how the Ark was lost to the Philistines.

Susannah spoke at Hatfield House Lane Methodist Ladies' meeting on March 5th.

On Tuesday 6th, Susannah had to be at Mayfield Chapel early so that the contractors could gain access to lay the new floor in the toilets. Wednesday was spent buying food for the meal which was to be held after a funeral, the following day.

Thursday 8th was a busy day. It was the occasion of the funeral of Barbara who had been a regular attender at our Tuesday bible fellowship, as well as a regular member of the congregation at Grimesthorpe. The funeral was at Grimesthorpe church, and Susannah and Jonathan attended.

In the evening Jonathan chaired the circuit meeting at our Hampden View church.

Susannah preached at Mayfield on March 18th, and at Philadelphia on 25th.

Both of us attended the clean up day on 29th, when we were part of the group which got rid of a selection of items which were no longer useful.

During the month a variety of tasks were completed in the garden, including mowing, planting an apple tree from Barbara's garden, and splitting some plants elsewhere in the garden