Highlights 2015

Our first Wednesday cafe service was a success.On arrival we placed our food on the table then chatted over tea or coffee.After a while David introduced the service which was about thirsting for God as we thirst for tea or coffee.  Rita, Mim and Elizabeth took part.  We were invited to mention people or situations for our prayers.The food was shared round; there was plenty – enough for two more visitors.Now we consider how to build on that success for another occasion .

We always enjoy eating together
 Our new Moderator, Jacky Embrey, honoured us by leading worship on Palm Sunday.  The hymns were good, the prayers meaningful and the sermon encouraged us to speak up about Jesus and our faith.  Thank you, Jacky.Thank you also to her family who boosted the singing and shared their friendship.  What lovely people!  We look forward to meeting them again.

We met the Embrey family.
We met the Embrey family.
 How could we omit mentioning the three restored windows, completed in February?  Hopefully there will be photos of the condition before and after restoration.  The difference is astounding.  It cost a few thousand pounds but, praise God, he has provided for it.

before
before
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy have most generously donated to us six new tables and twelve comfortable new chairs for our school-room.  Not content with that they have had the room decorated in a pale green  and the wood panelling has been re-varnished.  There are photos to show you.
new chair
new chair

 

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 The visit of the Augmented Union St. Baptist Church Choir in July was definitely a highlight for us.  Their visits always are.  ‘Angel Voices’ by Roger Jones was sung as well as ever and we thank them and David, their conductor, for the work they put into it.
 We welcomed Peter and Judy de Bourcier when they came to tell us about Mission Aviation Fellowship in August.   An informal setting round a table created a lovely relaxed atmosphere to which Peter and Judy warmed.  In addition to the normal hymns prayer and readings, Peter projected pictures to explain how the Fellowship started, what they did, the people they work with.  It was fascinating.  After the presentation/service we chatted over cake and tea for another hour for there was so much we wanted to know.  We took a collection for the work and the church are now resolved to support them  to the best of our ability.  This website cannot tell you much about MAF so either look at their website or ask us for contact details so that you can know more about this challenging and ever-changing work.
 Michael Field is becoming a firm favourite at Minshull so it was with confident excitement that we welcomed him for the Harvest Celebration.  The display was completely transformed by focussing on non-perishable food in clusters round the platform.  That, Michael’s service and the buffet tea, made the event a real highlight.

Just a small selection of the toys. Many couldn't be displayed.
Just a small selection of the toys. Many couldn’t be displayed.
Once again the first Sunday of Advent meant that hundreds of toys and presents were gathered in our church for the Salvation Army to distribute to needy people.  We were delighted to welcome Heather, the team and Major Stephen for their presentation.  They sang some lovely songs, read some interesting and some amusing items.  Heather then talked about their work and about God’s gift to everyone which is peace.