Church Celebration Days
We love Celebration days at Jesus Church. Whether it was the farewell meal as Ian and Barbara left us after 15 years shown above, or an impromptu celebration picnic and games to celebrate the Coronation. After the very successful Harvest lunch in October we are ringing the changes.
The Men’s Group had a wonderful evening on 2nd February. Thank you to Nick and Richard for an informal and fun evening of food, games, chat and a ‘relatable’ Christian message. There will be another evening in the Summer term – watch this space!
Readers Appreciation Group
The first meeting in the spring term has been postponed to Tuesday 20th February 2024 1:45 – 2:45pm in the Charis Centre, probably in God’s plan as the road through Forty Hill is closed for resurfacing! We will be reading ‘Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North’ by Rachel Joyce. We would love to see you there.
Interestingly this group, known as RAGS, attracts more people from outside Jesus Church than any of our other groups. Two courses run by Robert each year in spring and autumn to help us abandon social media and get out our reading glasses. Robert keeps the standard up by choosing a great range of books. There is always an entertaining mix of serious and light-hearted discussion, the odd friendly argument and a bible reflection to finish. And of course refreshments are served and there is a special tea to end the series.
Craft Days at Jesus Church are very special. Led by our Reader, Ailsa, who has a gift for craft work in its many forms, we have tried our hands at so many different things. The list includes card making, knitting, crochet, stitching, pompoms, paper flowers, decorations, marbling, stamping, printing, ribbonwork and much more. We have craft days twice a year on a Saturday with activities suitable for absolutely all ages to enjoy together. It is easy to spend an extended time chatting and helping each other while making new friends. Some of it is, of course, quite messy, but that only adds to the fun. The next craft day will be on Saturday 16th March 2024 from 10am to 4pm. Do drop in and stay as long as it suits you – bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day! Tickets will be available in the weeks before; there is a nominal charge – usually £5 per family or £3 per individual to help cover the cost of materials.
The Mothers’ Union may be more than 140 years old but it is a young at heart with its focus on helping family life thrive as it supports all kinds of projects through prayer and practical help. We have an active branch at Jesus Church that meets monthly on the second Monday of the month usually in the afternoon at 1.30pm. Members may also take part in the monthly service in St Paul’s Cathedral and some go on the Mothers’ Union retreat each year. At a typical meeting we start with a short service, hear a speaker or some other activity, and of course we have tea! Contact Jackie
If you might like to join a housegroup please talk to Robert. Generally there is a bible study to dig in to. Also important is the social time and members get to know each other very well and it can be a great source of support both spiritually and in practical ways too. From time to time we break out of housegroups and do a short course or a special Bible study in a bigger group for a few weeks.
Our singing is led by the Music Group on special occasions. Practice is on Thursday evenings for a number of weeks before the event. That is where new music is first heard and all the behind the scenes hard work goes on to make our services appear effortless! if you like singing or have other musical skills do speak to Susie Munt who is our music leader
The well-known Christianity Explored course is run usually once a year, although we are having a slight pause just now in interregnum. The course is based on a study of Mark’s gospel and has a lively mix of bible study, video clips and discussion and is suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about the Christian faith. We also use it as preparation for those who want to be confirmed.