Back to School?!
I don’t know about you, but August and September still fill me with a sense of both anticipation and dread. New school uniform, new pencil case, new class, new friends. September is as much a month of new beginnings as January, and that is a rhythm that stays with us beyond our school years. The Autumn term stretches ahead of us, with Christmas glimmering on the horizon, and the nights getting quickly darker and colder.
For us as a parish, the summer has been a time to take stock and evaluate what we’re about, and how we want to move forward. The PCC have been meeting to finalise our Growth Action Plan goals, and further details of these will follow in next month’s magazine. We will also be holding special services on the morning of Sunday 28th September to share the PCC’s decisions about GAP. As part of our GAP goals, we have made some changes particularly to our children’s ministry and our All Age Worship, and details of these changes will be published.
I am especially excited about the new Breakfast Club that we will be running for children and their carers on a monthly basis, and (at the other end of the spectrum!) about offering a new short and quiet Holy Communion service at 12noon, following our All Age Worship when it takes place at Holy Cross.
This term also sees a new beginning for members of our Mothers’ Union, as the two branches of Holy Cross and Christ Church unite together to share resources and membership. Please do pray for them through the term, and especially for the opening of the new branch on Wednesday 24th September.
As with any new term, other activities continue as before, or with minor changes. The group that was previously our “Bible Study” group will be meeting again this term, but with the broader description of “praying and learning together”. Please do look for details on the following pages and join us if you can.
Perhaps an underlying message for all that we hope to do and be this term is the slogan “Better Together” (admittedly stolen from contemporary politics!). We are one parish, with shared resources that include: one and a half vicars, two churches, one parish hall, at least eight different ‘congregations’ through the week, numerous volunteers and a shared passion to worship God and serve our community together.
Sharing God’s love is not something we can do by ourselves. We need the help and support of one another. Thank you for all that YOU have done to play your part in this over the past year. As we look to a new term, may we continue in this faithful service to God, to one another, and to Timperley.