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Breakfast – Sunday 6th July 2014

Breakfast12Having missed Breakfast last month after being rushed into hospital. I am hopeful that this month I shall be in attendance.

To fortify us for the coming of summer welcome the return of our famous Breakfast gathering. As usual there will be a delightful mix of food, fun, faith and fellowship. We shall be continuing to think about the issues facing GraceSpace in the near future.

Sunday 5st July – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and bring your friends. There is always plenty of everything to go around.

Everyone Welcome

Breakfast – Sunday 1st June 2014

o-SMILEY-BREAKFAST-facebookIt is hard to believe that the year is already half over and soon we will having the longest day. So to fortify us for the coming of summer welcome the return of our famous Breakfast gathering. As usual there will be a delightful mix of food, fun, faith and fellowship.

Sunday 1st June – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and bring your friends. There is always plenty of everything to go around.

Everyone Welcome

Breakfast May 2014 – Report

may-the-4th-be-with-youIn celebration of Star Wars Day our breakfast gathering took on distinctly galactic proportions. We thought together about the ‘Gospel According to Star Wars’.

anakin-skywalker-star-warsWe talked about the life of Darth Vader. When we first meet him he is the main villain and lackey to the evil emperor. However as the saga unfolds we are presented with a fuller picture which traces his path from a bright young boy to the adult who is more machine than man.

darth-vaderThe transformation is caused by his response to life, which is more and more one of anger, hatred and jealousy all of which causes him to slip more and more into the Darkside. There is a truth in this – our way responding to a situation especially if we make a bad choice can over time become a habit and hard to change. We also tend to dwell on our mistakes far more than on our successes.

Luke (who we discover is Vader’s son) says there is still good in him. Vader says that this is not true. We wondered whether we give up trying to change something in our lives because it is too hard. However at the last, Vader sacrifices himself to save Luke from death at the hands of the Emperor. This proves that there is always the possibility for redemption even for the most lost. We watched the Lego version of the final scene to illustrate the point.

We then settled down to a well earned breakfast prepared as usual by Mark and Katy (Thank you!).

Breakfast – Sunday 4th May 2014

steven-wright-quote-i-was-at-this-restaurant-the-sign-said-breakfast-aNow that the rigours of Lent and Easter are passed, we welcome the return of our famous Breakfast gathering. As usual there will be a delightful mix of food, fun, faith and fellowship. This could be quite a special event and it would be great to see as many GraceSpacers as possible.

Sunday 4th May – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and bring your friends. There is always plenty of everything to go around.

Everyone Welcome

Breakfast Report – April 2014

The focus of our Breakfast gathering was the theme of Listening. How do we find time and space to listen to God and how important is it?

We began with this short except from Alias Smith and Jones. We consiered that hearing someone speak is not the same as listening to what they are actually saying. This difference is crucial if it is God who speaking to us.

We then thought about ‘Active Listening’ and the need to deal with the distractions that prevent us from listening effectively to God. Finally we actually did some listening, which proved very helpful and brought a real sense of peace to the room.

Then it was off to breakfast, splendidly prepared by Mark and Amie (thanks guys!) and an excellent time of discussion.

 

breakfastcerealAfter the long month of March, we welcome the return of our famous Breakfast gathering. As usual there will be a delightful mix of food, fun, faith and fellowship.

Sunday 6th April – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and bring your friends. There is always plenty of everything to go around.

Everyone Welcome

P1100414Yesterday we were joined for breakfast by Alex Jones from Christian Aid. Alex shared with us some of the work that is being done in Bolivia.

He asked us to decide how to spend £30,000 between a variety of necessary projects. The decisions proved quite difficult because the needs are so great. Here is the information that we discussed.

How would you spend £30,000

P1100415Alex also showed us a very illuminating film about the methods used by multi-nationals to avoid paying their taxes.

Our thanks go to Alex for providing us with some new insights into the work of Christian Aid.

This was followed by an excellent breakfast cooked by Katy and Mark.

Breakfast – 2nd March 2014

febThis Sunday we will be sharing breakfast at our gathering.

Sun 2nd March – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome Alex Jones from Christian Aid to lead our time together. Alex we will sharing something of the work of Christian Aid, in particular their social justice campaigns.

As usual there will be a full English breakfast lovingly prepared by our own hands.

Everyone Welcome!

a-403Yesterday we enjoyed a delightful breakfast together. Katy and Mark fulfilled their usual offices with great skill and they provided a wonderful meal for us all. Whilst they laboured the rest of us gathered to think about the lessons to be learned from Paul in 1 Corinthians and the life of St Brigid.

We began by sharing some stories of our ancestors. Val and Joanne remarked that they were related to famous people but for most of us we are descended from very ordinary stock. Then we used this reading:

1 Corinthians 1 22-31.

Paul reminds the people of Corinth that our message as Christians sounds odd on the face of it: ‘…we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Greeks. Placing our trust in the life of one who died a criminal’s death seems to run contrary to everything that the world values as important.

Paul reminds them to: ‘…think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.’

His point is that we are just ordinary people with an extraordinary message of good news for everyone. The question is how do we communicate that message.

Here is the Powerpoint that we used.

St Brigid

For the answer we reflected on the life St. Brigid. Her origins were very humble. She was the daughter of a slave kidnapped by Irish pirates. She grew up working on her father’s farm At 18 she became a Christian through the ministry of Patrick. She showed great concern for the poor and on one occasion gave her father’s bejewelled sword to a leper. Her father encouraged her to follow her calling to be a nun. Something at which she excelled and many women came to join her in Kildare where her convent was located.

brigids-well1The important story for us was of her encounter with a dying pagan chieftain. Christians in his household sent for Brigid to talk to him about Christ. When she arrived the chieftain was raving. As it was impossible to instruct this delirious man, hopes for his conversion seemed doubtful. Brigid sat down at his bedside and began consoling him. As was customary, the dirt floor was strewn with rushes both for warmth and cleanliness. Brigid stooped down and started to weave them into a cross, fastening the points together. The sick man asked what she was doing. She began to explain the cross, and as she talked his delirium quieted and he questioned her with growing interest. Through her weaving, he converted and was baptized just before he died.

The point of the story is that Brigid used the ordinary things that were at hand (just as Jesus often did) as a means of communicating the truth of the gospel. Perhaps we could learn from her as we interact with the people around us.

P1100276We concluded our session by making our own Brigid cross and then turned that into prayer.

bed and breakfastThis Sunday we will be sharing breakfast at our gathering. There will be an opportunity to consider one of those live questions of faith for today. This will be followed a full English breakfast lovingly prepared by our own hands.

Sun 2nd January – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Our question for discussion this time will be ‘How do we find ways of speaking faith into culture’ This would appear to be a question that speaks to how we might interact with our community.

Everyone Welcome!