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
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
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.
The new house at Wrose into which we are moving has a much larger garden than our current one, and it is in need of some work. The folk at St Cuthbert’s have already made a start and we thought that it might be good for us to help out – which will perhaps help us to get to know some of folk there.
Sunday 3rd August – 1.30 – 4.00pm
at 71 Wrose Road BD2 1LN
Bring yourselves and any gardening tools you have. Afterwards everyone is invited back to our house for afternoon tea @ 4.30pm
Afternoon Tea – 4.30pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road
Yesterday we addressed some of the issues which have been raised as a result of the prospect of the changes caused by my move to Wrose.
The following things were agreed.
Day to Day Co-ordination: Hilary Paley
Decision making should continue to be done by regular summit meetings.
Contact details will be changed on the website to reflect this.
Pastoral care will continue to be offered by the group and difficult cases can be referred to Colin.
Shipley/Saltaire will continue to be our general location for mission and ministry, however that does not preclude our working elsewhere as the Spirit leads.
We have agreed to leave the bank account etc as it stands in the moment. We can move the account to Wrose or create a separate charity in March next year whatever seems appropriate the time.
There was some discussion about our connection the Diocese and it was agreed that some compromises might be necessary but no final decision was taken.
Hilary and Val were feeling led to start a women’s group.
Kate and Carol had been investigating the possibility of offering a regular ‘ikon’ type to the local community. Saltaire Methodist had offered their building for such an event on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Carol asked us to think about the question of ‘who were really are and what do we mean to each other.’
It this point we stopped for tea and agreed to follow-up this and other questions at Breakfast next week.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion and to the wonderful tea that we shared.
This week our prayer comes from the pen of Thomas Merton (1915-1968). It contains one of my favourite spiritual thoughts.
‘I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.’
Very often we do not clear the path ahead clearly but Merton suggests that providing it is our desire to please God which motivates us then however poor or sometimes misguided are our efforts, God does take pleasure in us.
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me
by the right road though
I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.” Amen
This week at Explore we are going to continue our thinking about the Lord’s guidance for the future of GraceSpace.
As usual we meet at the home of David and Julie and by their kind invitation. I am sure that there will also be the usual high quality refreshments.
Wed 11th June – 8.00pm @ 5 Glenaire Drive
At Explore we seek to connect faith to life and to grow in our understanding of following Christ. It is always intriguing and also fun.
As this is half term week – it was agreed that there would be no Explore meeting this Wednesday. We decided that actually it would be better for us all to have a week off from our labours.
So enjoy the freedom, spend some time relaxing with those that you love. The programme will pick up again next week.
After our GraceSpace day this prayer came to mind. As we seek to know the mind of God for our future, it seems important that we ask the Lord to provide us with the wisdom and discernment to know his will.
Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.
(Benedict of Nursia c. 550)
St Benedict is famous for introducing his rule and founding the Benedictine Monastic Order. Interestingly he is patron saint of Europe and students – which is a strange combination.