Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello - it's Ben Oliver here again guest posting on Simon's blog.

There are just two and a half more weeks of Simon's Sabbatical to go before we welcome him back on 15th September. I thought I'd write to let you know some updates on what we've done in his absence.

Firstly, I need to let you know that we're still recruiting for our new Caretaker role. With many being away over August, we've extended the application window out to 11th September to give a better opportunity for you / someone you may know to apply. Here's the original blog for a little more info.

Many of you will have been enjoying "Kerith at the Movies" in our Sunday evening meetings and the "Soul Shift" morning series at 9,10 or 11am. But away from Sundays, what else has been going on?

Well Summer LIFE is underway this week - our youth's annual gathering for a mix of games, group-time, worship, seminars & preaching. It's a new venue this year - and it's lovely! We hear they are loving it - loving time spent together having fun, building friendships and experiencing God.

The Kerith Centre roof is not far from finished (although rain has been interrupting progress a little this week). It'll take a week or so more to complete, then a couple of weeks to take the scaffolding back down again. We did have an emergency plan as to what we would do on a Sunday morning if it leaked badly whilst we were meeting. I'm very grateful we didn't have to put that plan into action - although some of the team were really excited at the chaos opportunity and a little disappointed it didn't rain that week!
Here's a picture from earlier in the summer (remember the sun shining?). 

Meanwhile, whilst the Konnections Respite care summer projects have been underway, the garden area outside of our Bracknell K2 building has had a refresh, courtesy of Waitrose, who sent us their gardening team to inject some welcome colour.

Throughout the summer our Social Justice and Pastoral ministries have been continuing to help connect people who need it most with advice, food, support - even CAP breaks. Here's a picture of members of Bracknell's Nepalese community being blessed after their English lessons by our Foodbank. It's a cultural, colourful collaboration with the council!

Now we're wrapping up the usual August activities: preparing & planning for the Autumn and all the opportunities we'll have to make the invisible God visible this coming term. More of those in subsequent blog posts, I'm sure - but those are for another day, when Simon will be back with us - can't wait!!

God bless,

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