Monday, May 25, 2015

Early 2015

It has been quite a busy start to the year.  There have been studies to prepare for, services and sermons to write, leaflets to print and distribute, and programmes to plan.  Over Easter we went to Morecambe for a few days holiday.
 We visited a grade 2 listed ice cream parlour.
 Susannah brought a little sunshine.  We certainly needed it, despite fine dry weather over the country, Morecambe remained misty for three of the four days.
 We visited Arnside, where we watched trains, and found a very nice coffee shop.
 Then we watched the tidal bore come in, Although it looks less than spectacular in the picture, the sight of the wave suddenly rushing in and covering the sandbanks in a matter of minutes is quite awe-inspiring.
 We went to church at the local Free Methodist church, where we were made most welcome.  It was very unusual for us to be the oldest members of a congregation.
 We went to the coast a bit to the north and really tested our determination to follow "Thou shalt not covet"!
 In May Jonathan preached at the Rose Hill Church in Dodworth as his connexional plan appointment.

 After the service we were invited to a prayer meeting made up of people from a number of churches in the Barnsley circuit, and afterwards a meal.
In the afternoon of the same day, Susannah preached at Cornerstone Church in Doncaster.
After this service we were invited to tea.
We represented the church at the circuit meeting, and are in the process of preparing the next leaflet, the next newsletter and the publicity for the upcoming flower festival and music festival.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Late 2014

Susannah and Jonathan have been busy in a number of  locations.  As well as everything to do with Mayfield, we have preached in various places in the area.  We went to Wellingborough to Alma Street chapel as our commitment to the connexional plan.

 We were involved in the circuit outreach event at Norfolk Park, where there were children's activities, a prayer tree and a selection of bibles and literature.  The first day was fine, and we had a good number of conversations.

 Unfortunately, the second day was very poor weather, and there were few visitors.

Later in the year, we had the evening with Paul Hinton and Maureen Greaves at the Crowded House on Sharrowvale Road.  This was very well attended, and a very successful evening.

We prepared, printed and distributed about 600 Christmas cards round the area where our church is, which invited people to our events.  Then there was the shopping and preparation for the Five courses and Carols.  All this was worth the effort when several people we had not seen before turned up to our Christmas events.