January 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed celebrating either at home or away.

So – any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Mine are the usual annual commitments to getting fitter, eating more healthily etc etc. I also want to read my way through the whole Bible in 2019 – I’ve done this once before successfully – but also had some aborted/ forgotten attempts over the years too. Please feel free to keep asking me how I’m getting on!!

It’s hard to kick bad habits – and equally hard to develop new and good ones – and I guess our annual experiences of attempting to make big changes every January are proof of this. So it seemed a good time of year for us as a church to start a course called ‘Holy Habits’. During the coming term we will be looking at ten habits of the early church and considering how we can foster these habits in our own lives and in the life of the church. The habits are:-

Bible Teaching
Breaking Bread
Eating together
Gladness & Generosity
Making Disciples

I hope that as we consider these habits we will be inspired to deepen our faithfulness and increase our fruitfulness as we enter 2019 with and for our Lord Jesus.

See you at the Gym…….

Christmas at St John’s

The freshly painted figures for our nativity tableau took their usual place in the porch where every person passing could be reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.

The church was transformed when ladies from the team and their friends came to a Craft Evening. Ladies were invited to make a variety of Christmas decorations whilst having some festive food and drink. The crafts included table decorations, decorating jars, Christmas cards, a snowflake design on a Dorset Button which could be hung on a Christmas tree and Christmas pudding pom poms which could cover a chocolate orange. It was a most enjoyable evening.

Everyone was invited to Cakes and Carols at the Park Church one afternoon before Christmas. Whilst having cakes and tea many pondered on a quiz which required the next line of a carol, some of which were rather obscure. Then Dave, Pete, Pam and Geoff played their instruments whilst about 40 people sang carols. Tom gave a short talk following two readings.

Over 20 ladies enjoyed a quiet Ladies Coffee Morning in the church just before Christmas. They were challenged by a picture quiz concerning clocks and monuments in the town. They played their usual version of pass the parcel which involved singing carols accompanied by Pam with her guitar. Coffee and seasonal fare were enjoyed by all.

On the Sunday before Christmas adults and children were invited to dress up as a character to take part in a pop up nativity called The Noisy Neighbour. The nativity story was told through the eyes of a mouse (Tom) who witnessed everything that happened.

Comments from some who were there…

“It was brilliant.”

“A fun relaxed event involving all who entered into the events of more than 2000 years ago.”

“It was good. It was funny.”

“All encompassing. To be repeated. Brilliant.”

“Liked the vicar in the mouse costume.”

“Lovely opportunity for anyone to be involved. All inclusive.”

If you would like to watch a cartoon version online, type in The Mystery of the New Noisy Neighbour – A Christmas Story which is produced by The Bible Society.