The Week from the Administrator's Desk

Kids Aren't@ Home

Hi all,

It’s been lovely to see people using the Centre this week, and it will be even better to welcome more people, especially as even the children will be back to their groups in the Centre!!

This Sunday will be a special service of celebration, thanksgiving and prayer for our return.

Fortunately, Rectory Road is now open again too!

New Life, Quackers and Pippins restarted with good numbers, so spread the word that they are back here, and invite people along for a chat and a cuppa.

Preparations for Alpha continue, have you thought of someone you could invite yet?

If you missed the helpers meeting on Wednesday, please contact Jamie to offer your services.

We had a good meeting on Tuesday evening about the new Sunday Teams set up.

If you would like to be part of the service ‘support team’ please let me know.

We may set up a second meeting for those who missed the first due to being on holiday of all things!!

The shredders are due on Monday, if you still have bags of paperwork lurking please contact the office asap to arrange to drop them off.

If you aren’t already in the Church Directory and would like to be, please let me know.

This also applies if your details have changed in any way, or if you would like to submit a new photo.

This is an invaluable tool for everyone and really helps to put names to faces so don’t be shy!

There is a lot more info in the attached Welcome Sheet (not C@H Sheet anymore!!) please have a read through. 

I had a lovely lunch with my Mum on her 90th birthday, and am looking forward to seeing some of the wider family tomorrow for the first time in ages.

This has made me reminisce a lot this week and how quickly time can fly or feel like it’s standing still at the same time! 

It’s a year since the mad Zoom loving Cassie arrived in my life and yet, in some ways, I feel like she’s always been there.

It doesn’t seem like a year ago I went to visit a sulky cat that wouldn’t even come out of her hidey hole despite my very best efforts! I brought this grumpy looking feline home and the first thing she did was run upstairs and hiss at me - a lot!

3 days later, she was snuggled on my shoulder, where she can still regularly be found, and joining in Zoom meetings, purring loudly in my ear!

There are also many articles and programmes remembering 9/11.

For me, this is the more recent equivalent of the ‘where were you when JFK was shot’ question.

I vividly remember standing at the school gates and someone saying that a plane had hit the World Trade Centre, naively assuming it was a light touristy aircraft.

Hearing more on the radio on my way home, I put the TV on just as the second plane hit the South Tower.

The moment when people realised this wasn’t some tragic accident, but a deliberate attack. 

These defining moments can have a profound effect on us, the world news ones as well as the personal - births, deaths and marriages, house moves, job opportunities or something as simple as the arrival of a seemingly grumpy pet. 

This holds true for Christians too, I didn’t have a road to Damascus moment of realisation, I just kind of drifted in, but at times, have envied those who did.

Alpha just might be the invite that triggers something in someone, so who will you invite….?

Whatever your weekend plans are, big or small, have a lovely time, stay safe and be kind….