As you may know GraceSpace does not have a formal leadership structure. It is our understanding that the church belongs to its community and therefore everyone who attends has a share in the leading, vision and direction of that community.
As a way of putting this theory in practice we hold a Summit meeting every three months at which we can reflect on the past and adjust course for the future. This is your opportunity to share the things that God has laid on your heart for us to hear.
It seemed that we should spend some of our time listening to God for our next step. We would love to see as many people as possible at this meeting. However if you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to make any comments via the website or directly to my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org and your views will be added to the meeting.
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Saturday sees the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. As usual Shipley Christians Together have organised a pulpit exchange around the local churches. I have been invited to take part in the exchange to represent GraceSpace. This Sunday I shall be preaching at Wrose Methodist. There will also be a United Service in the evening
Sunday 19th January
Wrose Methodist @ 10.30am – Pulpit Exchange
St Paul’s Shipley @ 6.30pm – United Service
I know that these will not be our usual style of worship but if you would like to join me at either of these events, you would be most welcome.
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We gathered on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of Christ. The living room rang to the sound of carols being sung and movies being watched.
We heard the Christmas story being told in txt and from the Bible and then from a group of children in New Zealand who reminded us how unexpected the events of the story were.
Then Colin reminded us of the origins of the Christmas Cracker and shared some festive thoughts about it. In particular he remarked that the hat should be worn with pride as it resembles a crown and reminds us that we are children of the King.
The most amazing surprise of the morning was the wonderful ‘nativity cake brought by the Paleys. It was delightful.
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An interesting evening of music food and quizzes took place at the home of Colin and Katy on Christmas Eve. The music was provided by a pair of strolling Santa’s who were collecting for charity. There was just a slight hint of a Dr Who Christmas Special about opening the door and finding them outside.
Katy provided a wonderful spread for us all to enjoy and then Colin messed with our minds via his usual arcane brand of Christmas Quizzes. here is an example of the questions:
How many letters are there in the Angelic Alphabet? (Answer below)
The answer is of course 25 (No L)!
Thanks to everyone who came and joined the celebration, it was a very special day.
Costa Coffee was packed to the rafters as people gathered for our Coffee and Carols event.
When the queue for coffee had finally died down and Colin had been prevented from telling anyone Christmas jokes, we began with some great carol singing led by John Cath and David. Everyone seemed in great voice as we worked our way through ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Go tell it on the Mountain’ etc.
There followed brief pause whilst we set up for the Circus Nativity. Soon the lights were extinguished and after small hiatus for a quick power socket change the performance began. James brought the music and Daryll the circus skills.
The age old story of the Nativity was recounted with awe and wonder and a wonderful light display.
Emma and her staff (to whom also our thanks must go kept us all supplied with refreshments. Here they are in their Christmas finery. We also managed to embarrass Polly with card and a chorus of Happy Birthday in celebration of her turning 18.
Our thanks go also to Andrew for the photo which he auctioned on behalf of Christian Aid and to Alex Jones for his words on behalf of Christian Aid – oh and the many buckets he provided.
We appear to have raised about £260 for Christian Aid which is more than three times the sum from last year and I would like to thank everyone for giving so generously.
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We are going to be celebrating the birth of Jesus together on:
Christmas Day at 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road
It will be a simple gathering last no more than 45 minutes to an hour. There will be some carols, the nativity story and one of Colin’s sidelights on Christmas. Unusually for GraceSpace there will not be a meal connected to the morning (although I expect there may be a mince pie or two if you can manage it!).
It would be great if everyone could bring a present that they have received to show us (I wonder who will have the strangest!).
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You are cordially invited to a Christmas Party on:
Tuesday 24th December from 6.00-9.00pm at 6 Glenhurst Road.
Why not come along and join us for the festivities. There will be all the usual GraceSpace fun and games. We would love everyone to bring a party piece to share (a song, poem, story or joke etc). This is not a bring and share meal. Colin & Katy will be providing the repast.
Originally there was a Summit gathering arranged for this Wednesday – 27th November. However the change of Explore from Wednesday to Tuesday coupled with an extremely busy autumn schedule has meant that this meeting has had to be postponed until the New Year.
We apologise for the late arrival of this meeting and hope that you will all be able to find a suitable alternative for the evening!
Last night our new Youth Group and the Risen group from St. Peter’s joined together to support the Lights for Syria event and then to share in food and sparklers at the home of Mark and Karen Baguley (Our thanks to them for their kind hospitality).
The young people mixed well and had an excellent time together.
The sparklers were also a great success.
Our thanks also go to Laura for organising things at St. Peter’s and to the young people for taking part.
Last Tuesday GraceSpace welcomed a coachload of pastors from Switzerland. They were on a short visit to the United Kingdom to discover more about the Fresh Expressions movement in England.
After filling up on Parkin and Fat Rascals, with copious amounts of tea and coffee, we repaired to the living room. For the next hour or so, a lively discussion took place often accompanied by much laughter.
As our time came to an end we gathered outside Sid’s house for a team photo before bidding them farewell, as they set off to their next appointment – the Bishop.
It was a delightful experience to meet this group and my thanks go to Sabrina Mueller who organised the visit.
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