Here are the gatherings that have been arranged for September.
Saturday 6th September
A GraceSpace Day – 10.00am – 4.00pm
We will be spending the together on the canal. Kate Beck has arranged the hire of a barge for the day. We will meet up at Skipton and then cruise the canal. During the day we shall be saying a formal goodbye to Colin and Katy and continuing to think and pray about the future. Bring a picnic but we will also be stopping near a pub at lunchtime. All Welcome.
Sunday 14th September
Community Lunch – 12.30pm
John and Hilary have invited us to their house for lunch. As usual all contributions of food would be gratefully. Perhaps it being September that a harvest theme would be good for the food.
10 Hirst Wood Crescent
Sunday 21st September
Brunch – 10.00am
Simon and I have offered to host us on Sunday 21st September for Brunch, suggesting that we meet for 10.00am. Let us know if you would like to make any changes to this in order to facilitate your attendance.
46 Kendall Avenue
Sunday 28th September
Labyrinth – 7.00pm
Kate and Carol are organising a Labyrinth at Saltaire Methodist Church. There church will be open from 7.00-9.00pm. Soup and bread will be available (voluntary donations) from 7.30pm downstairs in the hall. Everyone is welcome to both or either.
Saltaire Methodist Church
Hilary sent out this message in an email recently which I felt it was important to share on the website.
This is just a quick message to let you know that a small group of us will be meeting at Kate Beck’s on Tuesdays at 7.30pm to spend sometime with each other and with God. If any of you would like to come along, it would be great to see you there.
Tuesdays – 7.30pm @ 33 Hirst Lane
It occurs to me that I talk to people best, and connect with God most, when I am walking – therefore, I thought I would invite you all for walks throughout the summer and September.
As I walk every day anyway, to take Bertie out, it doesn’t matter if none of you turn up, so don’t feel any pressure to come! But it might be a nice way to get to know each other better, and maybe even chat about the future of GraceSpace if we feel so moved.
I have missed the boat for this week, but next week I will be at Hirst Lock at 7.30pm on Friday (15th August). If any of you are there too, you may walk with me and Bertie up through Shipley Glen to the Old Glen House for a pint of the beverage of your choice :-).
If you don’t walk, then please do meet us at the pub at about 8.15pm for a drink. My number is 07950062277, if for any reason you want to txt me.
The week after I am proposing an afternoon walk along the canal to 5-rise locks in Bingley, although I am flexible on the day. If any of you would really like to come to that and have a day you would prefer, then let me know – otherwise I’ll just choose one and let you know what it is.
Blessings to you all,
As yet there are no plans for a meeting on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend (Sunday 24th) This not unusual for GraceSpace in August. However Kate Beck has offered to host an Afternoon Tea at her place on Sunday 31st.
Sun 31st August – 4.00pm – 33 Hirst Lane
All contributions of food for the tea will be gratefully received. All Welcome
For Sunday 17th August, can I suggest a walk and picnic lunch, followed by drinks in the pub? I ran it past Carol, Val and Hilary and they liked it.
I thought Haworth – meet outside the Black Bull pub 10am, then walk towards Wuthering Heights. Its a 5 miles round trip if people do the whole walk, or they could walk as far as the waterfalls and then go back which would be less than 3 (perhaps better for Ellie?), or people can browse bookshops and cafes in Haworth and wait for the walkers to return, and meet up for a drink in the Black Bull around 3pm. Or people can just come for the drink! (a proper Methodist arranged trip)
What do you think?
Our prayer this week comes not from the ancient traditions of the church but from John Cosin a 17th century Anglican Bishop of Durham.
The prayer is divided into two halves. In the first author asks Jesus to be everything to him.
In the second his response is to offer himself completely to God. It is an equation that we need to remember. If we want more of God then we must allow him to have more of us.
Lord Jesus, be a light to my eyes,
music to mine ears, sweetness to my taste,
and full contentment to my heart.
Be my sunshine in the day, my food at table,
my repose in the night, my clothing in nakedness, and my succour in all necessities.
Lord Jesus, I give you my body,
my soul, my substance, my fame,
my friends, my liberty, and my life.
Dispose of me and all that is mine
as it may seem best to you
and to the glory of your blessed name. Amen.
Yesterday we enjoyed an excellent birthday brunch at David and Julie’s. Who knew they had such a delightful dining room and so many books! The table was laid with a sumptuous spread which we proceeded to demolish. We also celebrated David’s 40th birthday in fine style.
Our thanks to everyone who made the day a success and to David and Julie for the hosting of the brunch.
Yesterday we joined forces with the good people of St Cuthbert’s to tackle the wilderness that is normally called the vicarage garden! In the fornt garden there was much use of the secateurs whilst out back the was a great deal of leaning on forks whilst tree roots were extracted. It was hot and thirsty work requiring a variety of beverages to be consumed. Our thanks to all who helped.
When the work was over we all repaired to Glenhurst Road for a well earned traditional cream tea.
This provided both groups with the opportunity to get to know one another a little better. Thank you to everyone for making it such a splendid occasion, especially to Sid who kept the children so well entertained.
For our final Ikon in its present format we gathered to enter into the voyages of St Brendan. We heard God calling us to Set Sail with him – to go beyond our comfort zones and to allow the wild sea of faith to take us to new places.
Here is the liturgy that we used:
We also listened to a mediation on St Brendan led by Mark Berry. Here it is for you to reflect upon.
After the Ikon we enjoyed a simple supper and some conversation. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Today many people will gather to remember the events that led to the outbreak of the first world war – prayers will be said and vigils held. I am reminded that this this war was supposed to be ‘the war to end all wars’ and yet today there is still war throughout the world – The Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza come immediately to mind. As do the words of Albert Einstein:
Peace is not merely the absence of war
but the presence of justice…’
If we are to see peace in our world then we must be seekers after justice. The Bible puts it this way:
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
So this week our prayer seeks to remind us of our need to seek peace with justice.
God our Creator,
As we look around the conflicts in your world today
We are painfully aware
that we fail to seek your justice,
and swerve from the way of your righteousness:
look with compassion upon those facing danger, disaster, and devastation.
Guide us all along the path of life,
and make us valiant for truth, peace and justice,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.