Why not give an invitation to the Alpha course? Send your loved ones, friends, and neighbours on an adventure they won’t forget. For ten weeks enjoy a free meal once a week, including nice company, the opportunity to build new friendships, and getting an answer to life’s biggest questions. Come on a journey and explore life, faith, and meaning with Alpha.
Alpha is launching on Monday 21 January 2019, 6.30pm at St Barnabas Church. Please let us know by Thursday 17 January 2019 if you’ like to come.
Thank you to all of you who already said they’d like to get involved in the Alpha host team. We still need people who could give the catering team a hand (setting up tables, cooking, serving, washing up), someone who could play an instrument, and discussion group leaders. I’ll arrange another information session for all the volunteers in January.
St B’s monthly morning praise service at 10.30am has been well received and people enjoy the new style of worship, which is due to Phil’s God-given talent. Special thanks go to Phil and Angela for their enthusiasm to help St B’s. However, to make it really work we need a committed children’s worker who could come once a month to lead the kids’ club. If you have a heart for Jesus and a passion to share the Good News with the little ones, come and have a word with me.
At this point I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you, St Saviour’s family, for your continued prayers and support for St Barnabas. A special ‘thank you’ goes to Peter Barry who, although worshipping in a different church, comes and helps with the sound. A big ‘thank you’ to Caz and Nathan who, although juggling several balls at St S, commit to help at St B’s every month. Thank you also to Tom and Dan, our Moorlands students, who also come along to serve. Thanks too to Pete Alcock for setting up the new AV system; and Richard Allen for his help to get the laptop running. I’m also grateful for all those who preached and led services over the last year – Mel McPherson, Jason Harris, Laura and Chris Watts, and Sandra Tauson, and not forgetting a big ‘thank you’ to Andy, our ‘flying’ vicar, who is enthusiastic about trying out new things and, through that, encourages me in my ministry at St Barnabas.
As this calendar year comes to an end and the new church year has already started, let’s pray for a new awakening and curiosity for our Lord Jesus Christ in our united benefice. May we have the opportunities over the coming Christmas services to show to the world that Christians are a joyful bunch of people who reflect Christ’s beauty and hope for the future.
Daniela Eisentraeger, lay minister