Our Scout groups provide some great activities and opportunities for boys and girls in the area, but it is sad to note that the Beavers are not currently meeting and the Scouts are currently sharing with 7th Manchester group – in both cases because there are insufficient leaders/volunteers available to help with the meeting nights.
This puts a tremendous strain on the current leaders who are battling to keep things going alongside their own family and full-time work commitments. I’m pretty sure they would welcome any offer of assistance, even if it were only an occasional evening. If enough people offer an occasional evening or two it makes the job so much easier for all – and you never know – you might actually enjoy yourself! Please give this some careful consideration and prayer.
Well here we are at the beginning of another New Year in our old building and still no contract signed! But as we met on Sunday, we focussed on the gifts that the Magi brought to the baby Jesus and we explored what gifts we, as a fellowship, should be offering to our community.
The Lighthouse has been running for about 18 months now and was as a result of a vision held by John and Iris for many years to provide a place where people can drop in for a chat/cuppa. It was slow to get going – some weeks no-one turned up at all. But now we have a group of folks who come regularly and a lot of folk who come now and again. In September, they held a Macmillan Coffee Morning/Bring and Buy and they raised a staggering £255 for the Macmillan Nurses. In December, they held a short Carol Service before heading over to the Willow Tavern to share a Christmas Lunch together. And they are now planning regular (monthly-ish) trips across the road for lunch.
The purpose of the Lighthouse is not to get people to come to church on Sunday mornings (though we wouldn’t turn them away!) but to provide the opportunity to get to know one another, provide friendship – especially for those who live alone, and to ask questions, or even pray for one another.
So the Lighthouse is one of our gifts to our local community – no strings, just friendship and a cuppa.