Back To Church Sunday is celebrated every year in September when we literally invite back to Church anyone who has not been for a while. September is a time for starting again or starting anew. Invitations will be provided to give to anyone you think might come.
The Open Air service on Sunday 15th September takes place on the streets of West Bowling and Little Horton from a small portable platform, with amplifier, music, a talk and lollipops to give away. We need every bit of support; in the past very few church members have come, and it is difficult to preach the gospel on the streets without some sort of crowd. Please give half an hour to the event nearest your church: –
3.00 p.m. Cranbrook St / Gaythorne Rd
3.30 p.m. Faxfleet St / Rathmell St
4.00 p.m. Louis Avenue / Finch Street
4.30 p.m. Arum Street, Canterbury
Harvest Festival is on 6th October. We welcome gifts of produce, fresh and in tins. All goes to people in our community that we know and can help.
START! and Confirmation
This month we begin a START! Course on Sunday night 8th September. START! is a six session course based on: –
Who am I?
Who is God?
Who is Jesus?
What’s wrong with the world?
Why did Jesus die?
Into the arms of love
Each session uses video material, and lots of discussion to share our own understanding, views, faith and doubts. These are some of the loveliest times in life, when you can talk about things that matter, with others who want to listen and are asking similar questions. No viewpoint is dismissed, everyone is heard. And the course ends with an opportunity to commit yourself – or not – without pressure.
We meet on Sunday nights from 8th September, young people with Derek in St Oswald’s West End from 6-7 p.m. and adults with Stephen in the vicarage from 7- 8.15 p.m. (Adults talk longer!). Please let us know you are coming. Mature Christians who want a refresher of faith are welcome alongside those for whom some of this may be new.
For those who want to take this further and get confirmed, there will be further sessions on Sunday nights, leading to a Confirmation in December.
At the Garden Party on 3rd August about 50 adults and 20 children attended, and great fun was had by all. Thanks to all who worked so hard to organise it, especially Dot and Peter Jackson. It raised £180.
The MacMillan Coffee Morning at All Saints was a great success; lots of people came, and the event raised £166.
Invitation to the mosque
Bishop Toby Howarth is to attend an inaugural Open Day event at Bradford Grand Mosque on Horton Park Avenue on 28th September at 4pm and has invited Derek and myself and any other members of the two congregations to join him. He could bring along 6-8 people as it is an open day. Derek and I are going, and it would be great to have other members of St Oswald’s or All Saints. Have you ever been inside? The Muslim community (not Saudi Arabia!) has raised millions of pounds to put up this mosque, which some claim to be the biggest in Europe. Let us know asap if you can come.