Meeting Faith and Community Together
Next Sunday, 21st at 4:00 pm, we are repeating our Blessing of the Animals service, which was such a success last October. Based on the example set by St Francis of Assisi. "God requires that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being, human or creature, has the same right of protection".
Please come along and bring your pets of all shapes and sizes for a certificate and a blessing from the Minister, Tim. Last year we had dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, a tortoise and even a frog. We even got a mention in The Times by way of a very entertaining article.
The service will be in our newly-refurbished Sanctuary, so please do come along with your pets and see it for yourself.We trust that we shall be blessed with as many pets and their owners as came last year.
Our Quiz Night on Saturday evening was a great success with fifteen teams taking part. More than 80 church members, friends and neighbours packed the hall and joined in the fun. Chris (Jones) produced eight engaging rounds, a very entertaining Nursery Rhyme competition and a fabulous picture gallery round in full colour - all of which kept the teams challenged, amused and enthralled throughout the evening. In a nail-biting finale, only three points separated the three leading teams in a high-scoring contest enjoyed by all.
The excellent hot supper of shepherd's pie followed by hot apple sponge and custard was enjoyed by everyone, with a vegetarian option provided, as well as wine or juice. Denise, Jenny and Sue did a tremendous job in the kitchen, once again preparing everything themselves. Everyone present joined in the huge round of applause for the whole team who had worked so hard to put on such a fabulous evening of entertainment. See you all at our next one. Watch this space.
Our MacMillan Coffee Morning was a great success with around 60 people in attendance on a fine morning to enjoy our delicious array of home-made cakes and biscuits. Including the table sale and book stall, donations amounted to £600 for this very worthy cause. Thank you to all who arranged it and attended.
Our Festive Soiree open house evening of gratitude was to acknowledge the work that had gone on over the past year to refurbish our Church Sanctuary. There was singing from from minister Tim (solo) and from the Allerton Singers chamber choir; organ and piano pieces from two of our regular organists, Paul and Oliver; poetry from our minister Tim and elder Nick; a tribute from Tim to all who had played any part at all in the work to refurbish the premises and a huge cry of "Thank You" from all present. A pleasant, if unusual, evening of entertainment and refreshments.
The Christian Aid Circle the City 2018 sponsored walk - 10k - started this year from All Hallows church at 10.00 am and finished at ours, from 1.00 until 3:30 pm. All 40 walkers were greeted with a cuppa and refreshments and were give a guided tour of the premises and a potted history of the church. They were all enchanted by our refurbishment work and the lovely, bright appearance of our sanctuary.
The 4th Allerton Scouts and Cubs' Group AGM, on 19th, received the usual comprehensive written reports from all three sections covering the past year and the Treasurer presented a very clear set of accounts. Two parent representatives, and an Elder from the church, were elected to serve on the Group Executive alongside the section officers under the continuing chairmanship of Mr Nick Fennell. Ass't District Commissioner Brenda Hope attended and presented Nick with the Scouts' Award of Merit in recognition of 25 years as chair of the group.
Another eventful week at Allerton with all the regular activities resuming after the Summer break.
Last Wednesday the church meeting accepted the Data Privacy Statement required of us by the General Data Protection Regulations. It can now be read on our Church Policies page.
Friday night was the annual visit to our, 4th Allerton, Sea Scout troup by Royal Navy Commander Richard Bone. He saw the lads put through their paces with a parade and inspection followed by lessons on map and compass work, survival, lifeline heaving and a lesson on anchorages. It was not all work though, with short sessions of basketball and deck hockey to liven things up. Two senior scouts were presented with their Chief Scout's Gold Challenge Awards - Christopher McCarthy and Cameron Ward; Sam Wilde being unable to attend. An address by Commander Bone was followed by the breaking of colours and prayers before dismissal and an informal buffet supper with parents and supporters.You may see photos of the event on our PHOTOS page.
On Sunday, we were pleased to be able to unveil our new sound system including an infra-red sound loop system for those who use hearing aids, a great improvement all round. We were able to welcome back 10 members of Junior Worship and Tim's lesson was based around the message 'being true to one's self'. All in all, a good way to begin afresh after the summer.
What an amazing final session for our Summer Holiday Club today! A very happy band of boys and girls were treated to a whole host of fun activities. They made animal face masks, decorated plates with edible rainbows, learned to draw their hands - in 3D! - and made a volcanic eruption (outdoors, parents!) using a full 2 litre bottle of Cola and a tube of Mentos. After a healthy lunch, and a lively session of parachute-tossing of coloured balls, they gave a concert in the sanctuary to their parents, carers and family members. There were three action songs and a very spirited version of the Hokey-cokey where everyone joined in - except it was the Holy-Cokey with appropriated words of praise. The whole Holiday Club closed with a prayer from Tim, the presentation of certificates to all the children and a vote of thanks to each individual who had contributed so much hard work before, during and after a very, very successful Summer Holiday Club 2018.
Take a look at more pictures on our Photos page.
What a busy morning we had at Allerton today! The first day of our Summer Holiday Club hosted 30 primary school-aged girls and boys in a packed session of stories, drama, games, craft, cake decoration and singing in our large hall. The Minor hall had a session conducted by Little Laboratories for budding scientists aged from 3 to 8. The sanctuary was home to the Tai Chi group and, if that doesn't sound enough for one morning, then our own church Craft Club was in full swing in the Lounge. Whew!
Tim's message to us yesterday morning included reminding us of our strap line "Meeting Faith and Community Together". Well, we were certainly doing our best to live up to it this morning. Why not join us for one of our many activities or drop in any Sunday morning at 10:00? You will be made very welcome.
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?)
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.