Since the start of the year we have seen a small but encouraging increase in numbers attending services each week. Not least because we are joined by a number of friends from Harleston House across the way from the Church.
It was a super to be able to join them and their friends plus a large and enthusiastic audience when they put on a ‘Rock against Dementia’ concert – as it happened it was not ‘rock’ but a series of highly enjoyable different music and dance acts – each donating time and effort to raise awareness of Dementia and contribute towards a community fund.
These links with Harleston House are encouraging us to think how we can make the church even more accessible to people who may be vulnerable because of illness, age or infirmity.
On the same day as the concert we also held a coffee morning to raise funds for the Meadow Green Dog re-homing centre.
In the last couple of weeks we welcomed a very large group of family and friends to the Baptism of two young people. We were a bit overwhelmed in an excited in a ‘wow’ way when the church was literally filled to overflowing – around 250-300 people including 50 children. As well as being exciting it is also making us think how we may continue to make the church a welcoming and hospitable place to come – a place where people feel safe, but where also strangers are welcomed – just as they are.
On the social front we once again held one of our very popular Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz evenings. 51 people all enjoyed 10 rounds of 10 questions ranging from sport, tv, films, science, geography, myths and legends. Half-way through we sat down to freshly cooked hot fish (cod) and chips all bought and transported from a local chippie. Excellent. We will do it again – watch the diary section on this website for more details.