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A warm space, a warm welcome, a warm drink and, if you fancy it, a bowl of soup. Stay for a chat, or try out a table game. Wednesdays 12.30-.230pm in the Northcliffe Church Community Hall, Hall Royd.
We had a marvellous time of worship and fellowship as we celebrated harvest. We gave thanks for God’s wonderful world and care for us.
Along with our bible reading and prayers, we shared prayers and songs. We watched videos. We joined in craft activities and puzzles, then shared food together.
Donations to the Food Bank were ‘harvested’ and our guest speaker from the Bradford North Foodbank explained how the foodbank operates and why it provides a much-needed service.
We were shown what a typical food parcel would contain. 5 large containers were filled to take to the Foodbank. Flowers were given to all our guests at the service.
Northcliffe Church opened its doors for reflection and prayer following the announcement of the death of queen Elizabeth II. Some people chose to light candles or simply to appreciate the quiet. Our Brownies laid flowers at the foot of our memorial tree outside church, while the Guides wrote cards which they formed into a flower shape and posted next to the tree.
What a wonderful example of putting what some might think of as discarded rubbish to good use. The guides had asked our local Shipley supermarket if they could collect the old, returned, empty crisp packets for a project. They were met by cages of plastic and each of the 15 guides trudged back up Hall Royd with a sack-full on their back.
Back at church they set up a cottage industry. Opening out the empty crisp packets, washing them, hanging them on a line to dry before finally ‘shrink-wrapping’ them to form blankets. This involved getting sheets of plastic and greaseproof paper and ironing over the crisp packets.
End result: SPACE BLANKETS which will be sent off for homeless people and refugees to use. A-ma-zing! Well done girls and leaders once again.
The people of Northcliffe church have been praying for all those involved in the conflict in Ukraine. The physical destruction of the country, the loss of life on both sides, the trauma endured by the people fleeing or staying is heartbreaking. We like so many others long to see an end to the fighting and a way for some of the suffering to be eased.
As a small token of our concern the guides set up two rows of rope in front of church. they and church members have been tying blue and yellow ribbons onto the ropes. One sits just in front of our memorial tree. Even our spring bulbs in front of church of muscari and tete a tete echo the colours of the Ukrainian flag.