Junior Church Summer Appeal
Summer is fast approaching although you might not think it with the bursts of cold drafts we’ve been getting. Praise God for our variable British weather, you can always rely that you can never be sure of whether it will be hot or cold and of course not forgetting to walk with an umbrella as it could rain at anytime.
During the summer months towards the end of July and throughout August our usual Junior Church leaders take a break and we invite members of the congregation to lead a water downed version of joint sessions with the children who come to Church during the summer. It is usually quiet, so a good time to dip your toe in and give leading sessions for Junior’s a try. Please sign up on the children & families board, where you will find a table of dates & themes. Resources will be provided and Asi will brief all those who volunteer. Please call Asi if you would like to discuss this opportunity further or get involved.
Premier Reception at the Omnibus Art Centre
Felicity and I had the pleasure of attending a Premier Christian radio reception and tea at the Omnibus arts centre in Clapham common. I never even knew the venue existed, so it was nice to see. Smaller than the Battersea arts centre, the Omnibus is not far from Trinity Hospice and the space is quite nice, with a spacious reception area and bar. The theatrical space is a bit dull, but I suppose you could brighten it up with whatever you wanted to do with the space. They had art on display in the reception bar area, which made for an interesting viewing whilst not imposing on you when in the reception bar area.
We were very blessed to hear the morning presenter sing two of his tunes and the one of the Directors gave a great talk on his experience of interviewing Tony Blair. It’s always great to hear about how God is at work and how people are spreading the message of God’s love through action.
Pentecost Sunday 15th May 2016 saw more than the receiving of the ‘Holy Spirit’ as this year 6 of our children were admitted to receive the sacrament of ‘Holy Communion’. After six weeks of preparation and prayer the children were ready with an in depth understanding of what it meant to take part in the receiving of the Eucharist, the bread and the wine.
Simon reminded the children and the congregation of their baptisms as the children gathered round the font for prayer.
Following the reminder of our Baptism, a bit later on in the Service Simon welcomed each child individually, a very special welcome into receiving ‘Holy Communion’.
Peter then shared in the blessing with our new communicants towards the close of Worship.
The children our holding their commemoration photo which will they keep to forever remember this very special day when they received their first ‘Holy Communion’. In the background stands Faith Saunders who worked with Asi in preparing the children for admission to receive Holy Communion to whom we are extremely grateful.
Families & Children’s Minister