Spiritual Growth – Annual Report  (February 2018)

We are a small group with a very important remit to look at ways of encouraging each member of our church family to grow in faith.

The Christian Basic's course, 'Battles Christians Face' continued to run until July 2017, meeting monthly on Sunday evenings following a meal together.

We organised a prayer morning in October focusing on the Methodist Church's 'Five a day' suggestions.

The church family was encouraged to share in our Advent journey using Derek Tidabll's 'Through the Keyhole' book and during Lent we are using 'Worship in the Wilderness' in our personal devotions and in our worship together.

In addition we are providing a small display in 'John' to encourage prayerful reflection.

Christine Morgan

Worship – Annual Report  (February 2018)

The Worship Directions Group meets about once a quarter to review and plan in order to enhance the quality of our Sunday Worship.  In the past few months we have suggested themes for Advent and Lent based on the book "Christmas through the keyhole" for Advent and the "Worship in the Wilderness" theme for Lent.

This year has also seen a number of special services to celebrate our 200th Anniversary and it was good to welcome back Revs Linda Woollacott and David Lawton to lead two of those specials.  On Advent Sunday we held a "Festival of Angels" service to complement the Angel festival we hosted that weekend.

We're encouraging our children and young people to take a greater role in participating in worship, especially on All-Age Worship Sundays and it's good to see them growing in faith and confidence.

The group would welcome any insights or suggestions that you might have.

Catherine Bowstead