More items for praise than prayer this time!
· In June, we brought year 3 of our local First School (Primary) to Scripture Union's "Life Path" event; it was greatly enjoyed by everyone. It looks likely that they'll now be thinking about bringing the next year 3 back there to hear a clear Christian story well told and entered into by the children. Highly recommended!
· We recently had the new Baptist Union President, Jenni Entrican, meet with us and other local rural pioneers. Her theme "Daring Greatly" has been set to encourage pioneer ministries to be a model of good practice for other mission-centred churches.
· Our community minister, Bill, has hosted the "Paintathon" event at the recent Wooler Festival. Around 100 children and adults were asked to look at themselves in a mirror, think about who they really are, and paint their own portrait. The results were displayed in the High Street for the following two weeks - a way of encouraging people to think about who made them.
· Café Church continues to ask similar questions of those who help fill the back room of the local pub. We seek a way of encouraging people to think more deeply about faith and life. This year has brought in 3 new people from Café Church to our Core Group.
· Local churches have got together to hold a quarterly Taizé worship time. This is another small way to help different denominations to meet and worship together.
· Thanks for our medium-term future now appearing more secure. Your prayers are valued!
And some matters for prayer, too.
· Bill as he heads up the Glendale "Intergenerational Opportunities" panel which seeks better employment opportunities, skill-sharing and communication between old and young in Glendale, and for finding ways of stopping the haemorrhage of young talent away from the countryside.
· September sees the completion of the move for the First School as they begin to share the same site as the Middle School. Crossing Places hopes to encourage greater community participation in the school garden and craft sessions. Pray for Bill's continuing work with them.
· Volunteering at the Royal Voluntary Service's weekly "Gathering" offers chances of making friends. Please pray that we can be supportive and offer spiritual comfort, when asked, to the participants.
Minister: Rev Bill Eugster