This morning, James preached on Mark 7:24-37. He started out by admitting this may not be the easiest gospel reading to preach on. In it Jesus does some weird stuff – he calls a woman a dog and spits in a man’s mouth. He goes on to explain the depths of the stories.
At the Vestry meeting on Tuesday 21 July, Vestry accepted the Property Group recommendation for the concept plan for the rebuild of the back (Villas Trust Lounge) part of the church hall.
There will be a Special General Meeting between the services on Sunday, 13 September for the parish to vote on the hall plans. The initial consultation phase is finished, all submissions have been considered, and at this point we are asking for parish approval of the proposed plan.
From Sunday, 16 August there will be copies of the plans available at the back of the church and online. The plans will be emailed out to all parishioners on the email list. All Property Group members will be named on the documents at the back of church, and they are happy to answer any questions you have. No meeting is planned at this point, but if one is requested we will try to arrange it.
Please remember that the intent of this SGM is purely for the parish to agree or not agree to the hall plans. If you have any questions, please ask a member of the Property Group or one of the Wardens before the day of the meeting.
Apologies for the incorrect information in last week’s notice,
This morning, Ben reported back on taking “a bit of Johnsonville” to the diocesan Ministry conference; Nathan talked about his experience of the Cursillo retreat and Fiona talked about her experience of Alpha.
The theme for all three reflections centered around today’s gospel reading where Jesus tries to take some quiet time with his disciples (Mark 6:30-34 and 53-56).
Today we had all-age worship. Diana Langdom (Standz Enabler) visited and led us through some activities. The first was an activity to get to know each other. Following this she talked about banquets and showed a short video based on the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24). This led into a discussion of the Faith Five – which can be used by families at dinner or bed time:
SHARE the highs and the lows of the day
READ a favourite verse from your Bible or one you have memorised
TALK about how your verse relates to your highs and lows
PRAY for your highs and lows, for your family and for the world