Where? Christ Church
Date? SATURDAY 21ST MARCH 2020
Time: 9 AM – 3.30 PM
The away day is a key priority for us as a church family, so please do sign up now.
Download the Booking Form here, and return it to the office.
Each year, our church hosts an away day, as opportunity to have an extended time of fellowship, worship and teaching. We are privileged to have Rev Andy Sachs coming to lead our teaching sessions in our recently refurbished church building.
The people of God are always called to keep pressing into the things of God. It is with God that we find rest, encouragement and restoration. This day aims to enable us to be inspired, confident, refilled and retooled to share their faith.
There will be a full programme of children’s and young people’s activities available on the day
Our Speaker for the day, Andy has been leading St John’s Church in Colchester for seven years and has a passion to see the Church being used by God to bring transformation to people’s lives.
He’s married to Vanessa and they have two teenagers and a small friendly dog.
He enjoys running, eating chocolate, trying to cook and a good box set, and most importantly, he’s a jubilant Liverpool fan (who’s never been to Liverpool)!’
Young People’s Team
A special crack team of super heros will lead the day especially designed for our young folk. It is bound to be zany, challenging, spirit filled and a little bit left field. If you are aged 11-18 you won’t want to miss it so be sure to badger the parents to book you on!
Jess Cole ably supported by a team of special helpers will lead the day for all those of you who are in school years 1-6.
We can’t definitely say that she will dress up, wear a silly hat or that your favourite puppet or super hero will be there. I do know that It will be a day of Jesus, biscuits, glitter, sweets, glue, laughter, games, new experiences, mega bucket loads of fun and of course chocolate. You will need lots of energy, enthusiasm and imaginations.
Crèche and reception aged children
We will have an experienced team of helpers who will man the crèche and reception children’s groups during the main sessions. There will active play, crafts, games, Duplo, dressing up and lots of Jesus storey time all aimed at your age groups, with a special quite zone if you want a nap!
Adult and Children 5-18’s £5,
Under 5’s Free
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC LUNCH
We want all of the Christ Church family to be able to attend the day; if you would like to contribute to the bursary scheme, then please add a contribution in with your booking. If the cost stops you coming please do let Martin in the church office know as we don’t want this to be a barrier to you joining with your church family.
The church car park will be available, but space is limited so please think, do you need to park there or could you let those less able use the car park, choosing to walk, cycle, car share or park locally and stroll to church.
You can download a PDF version of this information here.
The Forgiveness Project - The F Word Exhibition.
Stories have the power to transform...
Dear fellow members of Christ Church,
Part of the vision of our refurbishment project has been the creation of a space for community events, an opportunity to bless the people of Ware.
One of the earliest of these will be the staging of an exhibition that has travelled the world and been seen by over 70,000 people. It’s about stories. Stories that contain the F-Word. Stories about the limits and possibilities of Forgiveness. Stories from people over the world who have rebuilt their lives following hurt and trauma; Narratives of healing and of the quest to becoming Forgiving.
The exhibition is just one expression of the work of the Forgiveness Project. Founded in 2004, this charity works with people of all faiths and none in the belief that there is a choice, an alternative to the cycles of hate and violence, bitterness and injustice. The charity also works in prisons and in schools, where its storytellers create ‘a space to learn that life can be lived differently to how I’ve lived it before.’ (Echoes of John 10: Life in all its fullness) This is exactly what the F-Word exhibition does too.
We are really excited about this and want you to put it in your diaries and start talking and praying about it. Who might you invite to come and see, do you need to engage in the process of forgiveness or are you just interested to know more?
However, we are going to need some help to make the exhibition a success!
Already the MADD men have been invited to help with the erection and dismantling of the 12 storytelling and photo panels, but we will also need:
• Welcomers – to greet visitors and help them navigate around the exhibits
• A café team to serve refreshments
• A creative response team (providing ‘art’ materials)
• Listeners (should people want to talk to someone)
We shall launch the exhibition for our church family on the afternoon/evening of Ash Wednesday, February 26th; it will remain in church till the following Saturday 29th February, to allow the local community as well as ourselves to engage with it. It is our prayer that all those who visit will be prompted to examine their own choices (small or large) relating to forgiveness.
We’d love to hear back from you as to how you may support this community event. We are envisaging that people would sign up for a morning/afternoon or evening session. Training and debriefing would be provided for the ‘listeners’. They would listen in the same way as we do for LoveWareLiveWare, i.e. letting the speaker introduce any reference to God.
For more info, visit the website. A version of the exhibition is currently on display in St Martin in the Fields’ atrium, until November 18th. Or get a ticket for the Forgiveness Project Annual Lecture on 12th November in London. The subject this year is a timely one. The speaker (and founder of the Charity) will speak on ‘Power and Persuasion: the urgent need for restorative narratives in these unforgiving times’. Further info can be found on the website: https://www.theforgivenessproject.com
Yours in Christ
John Hookway, Martin Dudley, Paul and Rosie Watson