St. Martin's Holiday Club

For the second time, we held a week long holiday club at St. Martin’s this summer. Running for 2 hours each day in the mornings, this year we were ‘Pirates’.We followed the story of Pirates looking for treasure, as well as the story of Saul, coupled with games, crafts, parachuting, stories, video and music. This was enormous fun that we hope to repeat every year. Aargh!

The Bog Roll Challenge
The Bog Roll Challenge
Dodgeball
Dodgeball
Crafts
Crafty
Decorating cup cakes
Cupcakes

St. Martin's Official Re-opening

On the 19th June, the Right Reverend Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, officially re-opened St. Martin’s Church after the refurbishment. He unveiled an inscription commemorating the occasion, and prayed for the building and all those who use it, which was then followed up by a performance of Park Brow Primary School’s choir – which was the real highlight of the day.

Over 250 people attended the day, which included a family fun afternoon with arts, crafts and face-painting. All ages from the community attended to see just how the church looks inside after the refurbishment, and we received a very enthusiastic response for all that we have done this year.

Thanks to Sam Stratford for the official photography.

Bishop Richard unveiling the inscription
Bishop Richard unveiling the inscription
Park Brow Primary School Choir
Park Brow Primary School Choir
Family Activity
Family Activity
The new kitchen in action
The new kitchen in action
Members of St. Martin's
Members of St. Martin's

St. Martin's Refurbished

St. Martin’s Church, Southdene, has been refurbished this year to a very high standard. After many years of fundraising, everything finally came together at the beginning of 2010 to completely transform the church. The building was decorated inside and outside, a new entrance has been added, with a new meeting room in what was the foyer.

Inside, a new lighting scheme was installed, restoring the use of pendant lighting that the church had originally. A modern kitchen and toilets have been created in what was a corridor and storage space, and the old pipe organ was sold to a church near Leeds, and the space has been used to create a cafe area.

The project has been environmentally friendly all the way through, installing low energy lighting, and re-using the wood from the old choir stalls to make the servery for the kitchen.

For anyone who knew the old St. Martin’s, it’s hard to describe just how much of a transformation has happened.

The building is now open and in use by various groups, and is available for other community organisations to hire.

Refurbished exterior of St. Martin's Church
Refurbished exterior of St. Martin's Church
Refurbished interior of St. Martin's
Refurbished interior of St. Martin's
St. Martin's kitchen
St. Martin's kitchen

Healing Team Day Retreat at Loyola Hall

Wyn writes:

Once again our healing team from Kirkby came together for another day retreat, and this year decided to stay a little closer to home and pay a visit to Loyola Hall in Rainford.  The hall, which is run by Jesuit Order, has beautiful gardens and an air of peace and quietness.

After a very welcome cup of tea or coffee, we were introduced to the Rev. John Roberts who had so kindly come along to co-ordinate the day for us, which began with a short service of worship before getting down to the real business of the day.
We were then spilt into small groups of 4 or 5 people and each group were given a passage from the Bible to read, discuss and discover what we had learnt about the Ministry of Healing from the one we had read.  Food for thought as we had to report back!!  We then separated and were left to find a quiet lonely spot out in the beautiful gardens in which we had to think and pray about what we really wanted the lord to do for us as an individual!  Not a difficult task as one could almost feel his presence and know he was listening in such peaceful surroundings.

However, the body as well as the soul had to be fed!  Back to the house for a shared lunch or a visit to the book shop to either read, buy or just browse.  Lunch over we settled down once more to listen to what the Rev. Roberts had to tell us about the true meaning of a Healing Ministry.  After which we wandered out into the gardens once more to enjoy the lovely sunshine with which the Lord had blessed us.

Our thoughts and prayers for this session was to ask ourselves “where does our own individual church need healing” a question of many aspects and many varied answers.  Returning to ‘base’ once again we came together as a team for our closing service of worship and as we joined in communion at the end of our retreat we were left with an inner peace and tranquility.
The fellowship we had shared and what we had learned as a healing team will go with us on our homeward journey and will, hopefully extend into our work as a Healing Ministry.

Our thanks to both Rev. Andy and to Rev. John for their input and organisation and for such a peaceful day of retreat.

During the day Jill Ridgeway was also inspired to write the following:

How can I forgive?
For the wrong I feel you’ve done.

How can I forgive?
For the hurt taht still goes on.

How can I forgive?
When my heart’s still filled with pain.

How can I forgive?
While my tears still fall like rain.

How can I forgive?
Tho time has long since gone.

How can I forgive?
I don’t want this to go on.

How can I forgive?
And mean it from my heart.

How can I forgive?
We’ve drifted miles apart.

How can I forgive?
If you are not still there.

How can I forgive?
Just take it to God in prayer!

Monsters Stink Holiday Club

The club in full swing (well at least for some of us!)

St. Andrew’s held their sixth children’s Holiday Club during the last week of July which was attended by 26 local children and upto 17 leaders over the 5 evenings. “Monsters Stink” used clips from the Monsters Inc film and looked at some of the fears that children face such as bullying, getting lost, feeling alone, being let down by friends etc.

Paige and Charley working around the tables

Every evening was fast moving involving singing, craft activities, games refreshments a puppet show and the famous Monsters Stink Challenge. We also learned about how certain characters from the bible such as David, Daniel and even Jesus himself reacted to fear.

Who's the mummy?

After a day’s rest on saturday many of the children and their parents attended a special church service on Sunday after which cakes were served and a number of games and activities took place in the church grounds.

Although totally exhausting a great week was had by both children and leaders and we will meet again when our Kids Club starts back for the new term on September 19th