Creative Church – over to you

You might have seen the ‘Creative Church’ article in the Aug-Oct Parish Magazine?

Everywhere you look you can see signs of the creativity of God. In the variety of summer flowers. In the different shades of green on the trees and hills.

We want to celebrate our creator and His creativity. We want to celebrate the creative gifts he has given us. Would you like to share a poem, a prayer, a creed, a picture, a photograph, a song or some blend of these? It’d be great to see some of the gifts that are around us.

To provide a focus for your creativity please think about Our Values as a starting point. See where the Spirit of creativity takes you!

The attached poster is a quick summary: Creative Church – poster

Email contributions to colin.ashurst@gmail.com or bring them along to the Coffee Morning on 21st September in St Herbert’s.

We’ll share as many of the contributions as we can through the web site and magazine.

24hrs of prayer – we had a go

I’d like to share just a little bit of our experience of running 24hrs of prayer in the parish of Thornthwaite cum Braithwaite with Newlands (TBN) as part of Thy Kingdom come. In brief, we’re so glad we did it – we’re just working out when to have another go.

 Well, the 24hrs happened 7pm to 7pm. We started and ended with a simple service of night prayer (Compline). All the slots were filled. About 20 people took part. Everyone said how quickly their hour or two passed.

Most people used and valued one or more of the prayer stations. Eleven of us took part in the final Compline, it was generally felt that there was a great sense of peace, that we were more aware of the church as a ‘thin place’ than normal.

 

It was probably a good thing that there was only a short time between the first discussion and the 24hrs – we just had to get on with it – and we’re so glad we did.