Praise and thanks
It was good to have a full church for our Carols by Candlelight Service, with members of Consett Brass Band playing for the carols. Refreshments were served following, which gave the opportunity to talk with people; some families who had never been before. Thirteen children received gifts of confectionery and fruit.
We give thanks also for those people outside of the fellowship who are willing to help in various ways, including parents of children.
Please pray for:
Our "Castle-siders" outreach, held on the first Friday each month in Castleside Scout Centre. Children come straight from school and some parents attend. We have different craft activities and, following this, a time for Bible stories - and then, finally, a cooked meal is served. The help from our Faith Mission friends is much appreciated.
"Re-charge" is the name given to a café style worship service held in Castleside village Hall We have only held it once up to now, but we are planning more for occasional Sunday evenings. The first one went very well with the help of Rachael Ezra from the NBA and Mr Paul Harris of Wolsingham Baptist Church. It was disappointing that none of the youth who were invited came, but thirty people attended, all asking "When are you going to do it again?"
Access to the local secondary school is not possible, not even a poster, so please pray for these activities and also the Children's Club on a Tuesday evening.