Letter from the Vicarage - June 2018
BLESSINGS FROM THE VICARAGE
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I have some exciting news for all families within the Benefice of Frensham (that is the villages of Frensham and Dockenfield, for new-comers). For a long time we have realised that the worship services that we conduct at both Churches, whilst being very open, welcoming and hospitable to all people of all ages, haven’t really met the needs of families with children or teenagers. The timings of the services on Sundays are difficult for those families whose children do sport and other activities on that day. I believe it is also precious for families to spend time together over a weekend as that seems to happen less and less nowadays for various reasons, so I don’t want to cause any more separation.
So over the past year we have been going through a process of assessing what we think being ‘Church’ is and what message we believe God is trying to convey through us. We have been working on a new Church Logo which builds upon and supersedes our previous strap line “We are committed to creating an environment where God’s love can be known”- more on that next month. We also explored how we might improve the services for the younger local community, which is growing in number in the Benefice.
To cut a long story short (which will please the parish magazine editors!) in addition to the services which already occur each Sunday, we will firstly be starting an afterschool ‘FAMILY FRIDAY PIZZA AND PRAISE’ from 3.15pm until 6pm so that children and their parent(s) and siblings may come straight from school to St Mary’s Church and relax/wind down in God’s love, with good music, fun and activities for all ages, followed by a pizza tea. This will be starting on 8th June and will be every week in term time. The final one before the summer holidays will be on 20th July. So do all come along, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can beforehand to give some idea of numbers for catering purposes.
Secondly, on all Sundays except the first Sunday of the month (when I have a family service at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 10.30am) we will be starting the ‘FAMILY BREAKFAST’ informal service. This will start at 9am in St Mary’s Church Hall with cereals, croissants, toast (or even possibly bacon baps!) etc. and tea/coffee/drinks. Then more modern music and singing (hopefully with a small band) will start at 9.15am in the church and in between the music we will have a Bible reading, prayers and a time for chatting about life, families, faith or the Bible – keeping everything simple, with linked activities for the children, who can split into different age groups if that helps. There will be a general theme for the week which will tie in with the season or Christian celebration for that time. Everyone can participate in the service and we should be wrapping up by 9.45am, so short and sweet! All people are welcome to this (or indeed any) service – the more the merrier...
With all love, prayers and blessings