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10213_1We will be embarking on our final week of exploring Celtic Christianity and attempting to apply its values and practices to faith in the modern world. This week we will be looking as some of major figures of the Celtic Church

 

As usual we meet at the home of David and Julie and by their kind invitation.

Wed 19th February – 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.

All Welcome

Photo Nov 27, 2012, 2-42 PMLast month we talked about the success of our Sheep Trail around Saltaire last Christmas. We decided to repeat the exercise and embark on the creation of the ‘Saltaire Star Trek’.

The idea is to create a variety of ‘cute’ stars and then to get people to ‘boldly go.. in search of the stars who point the way to Jesus.

So we continue our work at the Creativitea on Sunday  So if you have a suggestion for a star pattern or wool and other craft materials then bring them along to a grand making party.

Kate Beck has provided us with this sample pattern.

Star knitting pattern

Sunday 16th February – 3.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Contributions for tea will always be received gratefully.

All Welcome.

YG – Sunday 9th February

249843_224842104195371_857549_nThis Sunday our YG group meets again. YG is designed as a meeting place for young people of secondary school age. We will be gathering at the home of Colin and Katy Blake.

Sunday 12th January – 5.30pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

We shall be cooking up something interesting for our meal together and Colin will be sharing something spiritual for us to think about.

Everyone Welcome

what TableThis Sunday we will be enjoying our Community Lunch. This month it was decided that our theme should be Italian. This means that pasta and pizza will probably feature heavily, however we must not forget the delights of Italian desserts! All offerings of food gratefully received.

This Sunday we shall be meeting at the home of John and Hilary Paley, at their kind invitation

Sun 9th February – 10 Hirst Wood Crescent, BD18 4BY

There will be the usual mix of fellowship, food, faith and fun for us to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to join us for this community event.

the-end-8-600x406We will be continuing our exploration of Celtic Christianity and attempting to apply its values and practices to faith in the modern world. Last week we examined their Ministry – this week their strategy for mission.

Please note: This week we are meeting at the home of Colin and Katy.

Wed 5th February – 8.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

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.

All Welcome

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!

lens1905483_1265088909Saint-Brigids-Cross-IrelaThis week we take our prayer from St Brigid who is remembered on 1st February. Brigid is associated with a cross made from rushes and there is an interesting story attached to this cross.

On St Brigid’s Day each year a cross is blessed and placed in homes and outhouses as an extended prayer – to repel the dark powers of evil and hunger that may have got a hold during the winter, and to invite in the light and provision of God.

This custom stems from the account of how Brigid nursed and witnessed to a pagan chief. To help make the Gospel clear to him she made a cross from the rush matting, and he subsequently became a Christian.

Those who observe this custom take rush crosses to their homes, and to outhouses and places that were not used much in winter but which will be needed in the warmer days of the growing season. Perhaps, in your life, a greenhouse or shed, a weekend caravan or boat, a business or sporting location will soon come back into use. Why not, physically or in your mind, bless these places? Indeed, why not look ahead and make sure that there will be no ‘no-go areas for God in your life?

 

Father God,
Circle this place by day and by night.
Keep far from it all that harms,
bring to it all that is good.
May this place be fragrant
with the presence of the Lord,
God’s peace be always here
and in those who dwell here. Amen.

 

celtic-header-1024x436We will be continuing our exploration of Celtic Christianity and attempting to apply its values and practices to faith in the modern world. Last week we examined their spirituality – this week their strategy for mission and ministry

As usual we meet at the home of David and Julie and by their kind invitation.

Wed 22nd January – 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.

All Welcome

Unity-Week-Image1This week our prayer is drawn from material provided for the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Creator of the universe,
who made us different from one another
in myriad ways we can see
and in more ways we shall never know,
yet made us all in your image;
fill our hearts with your love and our minds
with your wisdom, that we may truly become brothers and sisters of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord;
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

Last Sunday I was privileged to share worship at both St Cuthbert’s and Wrose Methodist Church and to share this prayer with them Therefore it seemed appropriate that it should be our prayer this week.

english_prayer_card_226x349Saturday 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.