While most children's activities are now closed for the summer holiday break, our annual summer holiday club - In Celebration of Children is happening soon. Booking is essential, via email - see our flier below for details or contact- email@example.com.
Our annual plant sale and strawberry tea on 9th June was a great attraction among church members and the local community alike, with over a hundred visitors enjoying the afternoon. The plants, cakes and books stalls all did great business and, of course, the afternoon teas were a great hit - with sandwiches, crisps, salad garnish and a strawberry cream scone to follow - with a cuppa, of course.The sanctuary, looking resplendent since the make-over, was a buzz of conversation and laughter from start to finish. (Have you seen the pictures on our Photos page?)
Our Open Doors Coffee Morning on 1st June was held in the newly-refurbished sanctuary - a bright, welcoming space. We had a surprise in the form of a visitor who dropped in for a takeaway coffee and promptly left and got on the bus with it! Why don't you join us next month - Friday 6th July at 10.30am? You will all be most welcome.
At last! Our Pentecost Whitsunday Celebration Service was held in the refurbished sanctuary after over four months of worshipping in the church hall. We gathered in the hall for one last time and walked in procession behind the Bible, with the children waving streamers of ribbon ahead of Tim, Cristina and the colourfully-dressed congregation - up the ramp and into our new, bright, welcoming entrance foyer leading to the glass doors to the sanctuary. A colourful service featured the baptisms of Claire, Gabriella and Jonathan, holy communion, gospel readings in six languages (Babel or Pentecost?) and hymn singing accompanied by the organ and piano. It was good to see so many people in church again with over 90 adults and children present. Praise the Lord.
Last Sunday's service was conducted by an old friend of Allerton, David Burton. His message to us all included references to Darth Vader, Chewbacca, gaffer tape and "The Force". More conventionally, he then returned to cornerstones, shepherds and sheep before reverting to the more unusual in giving us a graphic talk on the safety of helicopters and Igor Sikorsky who invented what is now known all over the aviation world as the "Jesus bolt". Go on, Google it. Who knew? Bind us together, Lord.
We are delighted to announce that our Student Minister, Cristina Cipriani, has accepted a call to be the Minister at the Church at Carr's Lane and Digbeth-in-the-Field United Reformed Church. They are modern churches in the Yardley area of Birmingham and have good congregations, including university students. Cristina goes with our blessing and we are sure that she will make a great success of her ministry there.