|What's New at All Saints?|
A new Dementia Café has started here (upstairs) on the fourth Friday of every month, 10.30—12.30. It’s an informal social event for people with dementia, their family and friends. Staff from Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to give support and provide you with information. The next dates are 27 Nov, 11 Dec (to avoid Christmas Day), 22 Jan, 26 Feb and 18 Mar (to avoid Good Friday).
Christmas Tree Festival, Open Air Carols and Folk Festival
Following the runaway success of last year's event, we're holding another Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints on the weekend of Fri 26- Sun 28 November. Visitors will be asked to pay £2 per person (children free) to view and vote for their favourite tree in each of seven categories. Prizes in each category will be awarded at the 6.00 pm service on Sun 28 November.
Meanwhile, at 5.30 pm on Saturday 27 Nov, just after the Christmas lights are switched on in the town, all the local churches are holding a short open-air carol service at the Mayor's invitation. Do come and join us, and sing some of your favourites!
And because it's the weekend of Bedworth's Folk Festival, we'll be open all day on Saturday 27 Nov, right until 7 pm, for food and hot drinks while visitors look at the Christmas trees or join the folk music activities upstairs. On the Sunday morning, the 11 am service will have a Folk theme. Visiting musicians are invited to join a rehearsal in church on the Saturday evening at 5.15 pm.
Watch this Space
Watch this Space is an alternative worship event aimed at 15-29 year-olds (although we're quite happy if younger teenagers turn up, as long as they are in Year 9 or above). So what to expect? Food, hot chocolate, an icebreaker activity, Bible-based discussion in small groups and some informal worship. We meet every month and our next date is 17 Jan 2016. We start at 8.00 pm and finish at 9.15 pm.
Our next Xpress Creations date is 16 Jan 2016. Come along at 10.30 am for some free craft and Lego-making activities, ending with bacon batches at about 11.45 am. All welcome.
Eight Essential Qualities for Healthy, Growing Churches
A year ago we took a survey which showed that our church was strong in a number of areas: our structures are effective, our leadership is empowering and our spirituality is passionate! Our weakest area was 'Gift-based ministry', and we've taken steps to improve in this - a Lent course, a 'Taste and See' afternoon and many one-to-one conversations have all aimed to ensure that people are doing the jobs they are gifted in, and that they feel free to try new things.
On 4 November 2014 we took the survey again to see how things have changed... and Gift-based ministry is now our highest area! Our new lowest area is Need-oriented Evangelism, so over the next year we're going to enjoy learning how to share our faith more effectively with our neighbours and friends. We'll also be running a 6-week course called 'Start' beginning on Tuesday 15 September at 7.30 pm for people who are at the beginning of wanting to find out more about Christianity. Then, in Spring 2016, we'll again be running 'Christianity Explored' for those who want to take the next step.