Living Water

One of the many things I’m enjoying about living in Weymouth is, of course, the sea. It is so good being close enough to walk to the beach and have a swim or a paddle, or get out on the body boards and kayaks. Its great fun and as a family we’re loving it. Alongside this enjoyment of the sea there seems to be a bit of a watery theme emerging at church.
Ezekiel 47 has cropped up a few times lately as we’ve worshipped and listened to God together. In this passage Ezekiel sees a great vision of water flowing from the temple. The river begins as a trickle and then gets deeper and deeper until eventually it becomes powerful and life giving.

Some years ago a painting was given to St Johns as a prophetic picture of what God wanted to do through our church. It depicts God breathing life into the church and then a river flowing outwards into the community. The painting is on display at the back of church – do take a look. Wouldn’t it be great to see that picture become a greater reality in our church and in our community?

Over these summer weeks may I encourage us as a church to pray into this vision? Pray that God would pour his love into our hearts. Pray that we would allow that love to flow generously to others. Pray that we would see more and more people come to know the fullness of life that Christ gives. I believe we are in an exciting season as a church and that as we are increasingly open to God and open to others we will start seeing God bringing new life to our church and community.

Have a great summer.

On a lovely evening, 15 men gathered at Greenhill Putting Green to test their skills against each other and the humps and bumps of the 18 holes.

4 groups set off from different holes and it wasn’t long before loud shouts could be heard as the first hole in one plopped into the cup. Twice more the shouts rang out as holes in one were scored. Tension rose as groups finished and totted up their scores.

Was 46 the lowest? No. It was 45! But, Dave Moore came out on top with a score of 44. Well done to Dave for winning and for organising the event with Roger.
As we strolled down to The Lodmoor for supper we all agreed it was a great evening to be repeated next year.

A good number of ladies enjoyed refreshments at the Ladies Allowed Coffee Morning. It was a lovely occasion with time to chat. Thanks to Pat who hosted and also shared an item she read on Facebook.

Summer Funday

Many thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways at the Funday last month.

Although breezy the day was bright and dry. The Omega Project provided music to listen to whilst many visitors enjoyed cream teas and conversations. The fluttering bunting and sign, the laughter of children on the bouncy castle whilst others browsed for bargains created a lovely atmosphere. The grassy area at the side of church provided space for many children’s activities and the face painters were kept busy all afternoon. The ‘waitresses’ were also kept busy.

Although cream teas were free some people gave a donation. With this money and sales of bric-a-brac, books, cakes, home produce and photographic items, £250 was raised. This was shared between the Lantern and Dorset Historic Churches Trust.