Connect

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Our afternoon family service is CONNECT!

On Sunday 6th May Connect will be meeting at Weekley and Warkton Cricket Club, NN16 9UW, at 4:30pm for an outdoors Connect. We look forward to seeing you there in the sunshine.

WHEN? Connect meets on Sunday’s at 4.30 in term time. It’s a really relaxed and welcoming service and community aiming to grow closer to God and have fun!

HOW DO THE WEEKS WORK? We run on a 3 week cycle based on themes. This year our Themes have been Kings, Desert, and Palm and we are making ribbonscurrently doing Earth. As we spend the three weeks exploring each theme we have an introduction service in week one, with family games and challenges as well as some time in our age groups, Kids, youth and adults.  In week two we spend half of our time together and the rest of session is spent in our age groups. In our final week we have a celebration service together to draw together all we have explored, done and learned. And of course each session ends with cake.colour ribbons

WHO COMES UP WITH THE IDEAS? At Connect we are a community and as such we like to plan things together and hear everyone’s ideas as much as possible which is why everyone is invited to our planning meetings!

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Life as an Intern at St Andrew’s -Imogen Allen

My time at St. Andrew’s so far has been a whirlwind of chairs, cakes, smiles and wonderful people. It’s fair to say that this church has become a home if not a very glamorous beach hut for me! In which I mean to say that it’s where I’ve found a bit of myself and a scary but beautiful future.

The nature of being an intern means that you’ve probably seen flashes of me around and a giggle here and there but perhaps haven’t had a chance to truly get to know me. If this is the case I must apologise as I love nothing more than a good natter over a cup of tea, hopefully we will get to know each other soon. To give you a little bit of background information: I’m from Scarborough and am the youth intern with the ever changing hair and wide smile.

To give you a taste of what I do, my week normally consists of a bit of everything and anything. I attend everything from a comedy night at the art centre to communion and dinner with the housebound the next day. I work with people of all ages and have the privilege of working in the wider community as well. Part of my role as a youth intern means that I obviously spend a great deal of my time with the brilliant and energetic young people of our church and parish. This not only keeps me young but most certainly keeps me on my toes as well! It’s so essential that as a church we support this next generation and trust me they’re worth investing in.

One of the many highlights of my time with you so far has been narrating as a shepherd at the crib service this past Christmas. The sense of community and fun was unforgettable and an encouraging picture for the future of the church. Alongside this I must admit that the Bring and Buy has been another favourite of mine. The hustle and bustle of it all was hard work but what a glorious amount we raised and splendid day it was.

Looking towards the future I’m happy to announce that I will be staying with you another year! (If that’s alright with you). I’m having a go at this whole ordained ministry thing and so will be looking at doing some more overall ministry experience as I continue as an intern and go through the discernment process.

So looking forward to our journey together.

Imogen

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Services

Sunday Services

8:00 am Spoken Communion: A said service of Holy Communion in traditional language.

9:30 am Family Sung Communion: Our main service each week. Common Worship style Holy Communion with hymns lead by our choir and organist. Following a short children’s talk in the main service we have Children’s Church in the Church Rooms during the main part of the service and a crèche open throughout for younger ones.

9:30 am Parade Service (2nd Sunday of each month): Our uniformed organisations join us in force for a fun service with more contemporary songs lead by the music group. Followed at 11:15 by Spoken Holy Communion.

4:30pm CONNECT (term time only) : Real Life Church. A fun, informal, varied, creative and contemporary church service designed with all ages in mind. With child-friendly activities as well as groups for young people and adults, helping the whole family to engage more deeply with their faith and connect it to their real life. (See dates on flyer below)

6:30 Sung Evensong (1st Sunday of each month) : A traditional lay led evensong with no sermon.

Weekday Services

  Monday 10:00 am A Time to Pray (term time only) In the Jaques room in the Church Halls. An informal time to pray for the Church, mission and people in need. With hymns led on piano.

  Wednesday   10:00 am Spoken Holy Communion

  Thursday     09:30 am Tiny Tots and Service A time for play and learning for tiny tots and tea and chatting for parents and carers with a short service which includes a story and lots of fun songs.

Prayer Day

As part of the Archbishop’s call for all churches to pray for mission and evangelism in the week up to Pentecost, we held a prayer day. We opened the church up for people to come and pray in different and interactive ways.

Thank you to all who came and those who helped, it was a great day and so encouraging to be a part of!

Fundraising Update!

At St Andrew’s we are committed to supporting those in need.

This Spring we were so overwhelmed by how everyone rallied together to make one big ambitious and last minute fundraiser happen. As part of our ‘together’ series we wanted to see just what we could achieve as a church family and it really was more than we could imagine!

After deciding to do a bring and buy sale to raise money for our link parish in Bungoma as well as our very own money advice centre, Nick set a very ambitious target of £2000. With everyone rallying together we managed to smash that target and raised over £3000!

Thank you to everyone who came, supported and helped. We couldn’t have done it without you!

To find out more about our fundraising, link parish and Mobey advice service visit our community pages.