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
It is our tradition (who says Fresh Expressions cannot have traditions) that in August we hold a series of social meals. We begin this year with an afternoon tea at Colin and Katy’s.
Sunday 3rd August – 4.30pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road
All contributions of food for tea will be gratefully received. All Welcome.
To celebrate the end of the summer term at Explore, we arranged to go out for a meal at the Hare and Hounds in Toller Lane.
The food was very good but we forgot that it was also the end of the school term and so we had to wait whilst they fed the hungry teachers.
All in all it was a very pleasant and not too expensive evening out and an excellent way to mark the end of term.
For the final Prayer of the Week for July we have again drawn on the Celtic tradition. This prayer focusses on all that God is and all the places he is to be found. May it be a reminder to us of God’s presence in every moment of life.
You are the peace of all things calm
You are God – Celtic oral tradition – 1st millennium
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
For our last Ikon before the summer break we are returning to consider the life and voyages of St Brendan. We shall be setting sail with him at 6.00pm as usual.
Sun 27th July – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road
The Ikon will be followed by a light supper of soup, cheese and pate etc. Everyone is welcome to join us for this voyage of spiritual discovery.
It was agreed that for the last Explore before the summer holidays that we would all go out for a meal at the Hare and Hounds in Toller Lane.
Wed 23rd July -7.15pm @ Hare and Hounds Toller Lane.
The food is good and reasonably priced. if you would like to join us please could you let Colin know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible so that a table can be booked.
Yesterday we enjoyed a wonderful celebration of all things GraceSpace. John and Hilary were our hosts and the meal was provided by everyone – thank you kindly!
Here you can see everyone hard at work on the caption competition provided by Julie and David. In addition there was the usual door quiz organised by Katy and two curly quizzes devised by Colin. The ‘Guess the Song from the First Line was a particular hit with everyone singing along. This quiz was won by Sarah and Keryn – which just shows who is in touch with the music of today!
This week we draw again on the Celtic tradition for our Prayer of the Week. The prayer was written by Columbanus. He was born in 543 in Ireland, and died in Bobbio, Italy, in 615. During his journey from Ireland to Italy, he and his followers had established numerous monasteries in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy, which became strongholds of safety, education, employment, and culture amidst the turmoil of the Dark Ages.
His work across Europe has left a lasting legacy. Robert Schuman, a founding father of the EU considered him an inspiration for modern Europe, stating on 23 July 1950 in Luxeuil, France, “St. Columbanus, this illustrious Irishman who left his own country for voluntary exile, willed and achieved a spiritual union between the principal European countries of his time. He is the patron saint of all those who now seek to build a United Europe.”
Who says that Christians cannot have any effect on the world in which they live!
I beg you, most loving Saviour,
to reveal yourself to us, that knowing you,
we may desire you,
that desiring you, we may love you,
that loving you we may ever hold you
in our thoughts.
May your charity possess us,
and your love own us,
and may your affection fill our senses. Amen.
From a prayer written by St. Columbanus
We are holding a special party this Sunday to celebrate all that God has done through GraceSpace over the past five years. John and Hilary have kindly offered to host this event.
Sunday 20th July – 5.00-8.00pm at 10 Hirst Wood Crescent, BD18 4BY.
Contributions of party food would be very welcome. It would really great to see everyone who has been connected with GraceSpace at this special event.
This week it is film night at Explore. The movie to be shown is still a mystery but the evening will be well worth attending if just for the splendid refreshments always provided by David and Julie.
Wed 16th July – 8.00pm @ 5 Glenaire Drive