Whenever I blog on a Monday I always feel like there's so much stuff that has happened over the weekend that I'm never sure what to talk about and what to leave out. It's a real dilemma as I don't want to bore you all with a long list of things you might not be interested in, but at the same time I realise I get to hear about loads of exciting things that you might never get to hear about. So for this week at least I'm going to mention briefly everything I'm aware of that went on this weekend.
Respite Club - Two Saturdays every month we run a respite club in K2 where families who have children with special needs can have them looked after in a fun, loving, caring environment while they get a break. This is just part of our special needs ministry which is ever growing and of which I'm incredibly proud.
Ethos on Tour - Our Youth band 'Ethos' were down in Hereford this weekend playing at a Hope08 Youth Event on Saturday night and a churches together joint service on Sunday morning. Lee (our Youth Pastor) went with them and spoke at both events, seeing 8 first time commitments over the weekend. We're believing for Ethos to have a growing ministry serving the wider church and they're already playing at the NewFrontiers Butlins event in January and have an invite to go to Lithuania and play at a youth event there too. As an indication of their commitment Lee and Ethos were back to run our youth meeting on Sunday night.
Ben Davies on Tour - Ben and Mo were in Cyprus last weekend doing a series of meetings for a church over there. Ben is having increasing impact nationally and internationally and is also going to Poland And Lithuania before the end of the year. Just so you know Ken Bothamley also going to Lithuania with Ben, and will be visiting the Balkans again before 2008 is out.
Alpha Day Away - This was held on Saturday at Tony and Liz Pudner's House. I spoke at the first session where there was just such a great buzz amongst the guests. I had to leave after that but Ken and Karen Jones who were leading the day said the buzz just grew and God was powerfully at work in the lives of the guests - more to come of this I'm sure.
Skydiving - On Saturday morning Ruth Jackson, Lisa Rutland and Iris Joyce went skydiving to raise money for CAP. Mad or what! I'm sure it's not too late to sponsor them if you want to - just get in contact with them.
Wedding - On Saturday afternoon I did the wedding at The Kerith Centre of a girl who isn't a christian, but who works as a helper in our respite club, and her partner. It's really interesting that she considers herself to be part of our community and so wanted us to marry them, and it was a real privilege for us to be able to serve them in this way. Very few of the guests had ever been in The Kerith Centre before so it was fascinating to chat to them and hear their comments on what went on - very peachy!
Sunday Meetings - I'll write a separate blog about "The Wall" on Sunday morning, but suffice to say for now I was thrilled by peoples response to stepping up as a community to making our three main meetings in January happen. I haven't heard what the total offering for Serenje was yet, but I do know that the 5-11's raised £150 in their bring and buy sale for Serenje which was brilliant. Hearing Catherine Rohr again on Sunday evening was great too.
I'm sure there's stuff I've missed, so add comments to fill us in on anything else you are aware of. We're hosting a South of England CAP Pastors Conference tomorrow (Tuesday) which I'll be attending, then I'm taking Thursday and Friday off to spend some time with the family.
Hope you have a great week,