Quiz night – an
Action for Children support group event, 14th October 2017
Although the uniformed organisations held a quiz and pizza
night at their AGM the day before, some 40 quizzers turned up to form 8 highly
intelligent teams. Nothing daunted by dingbats, flags of Europe, questions
about the Olympics, pictures of 35 celebrities and some dodgy fitting of
football teams into a highly improbable story, Dale Street and their friends
proved they were not just good- looking faces. Scores topped the hundred mark
and the winners – the Selby family – scored a huge 131. It is worth noting that
they also came second the night before.
Team names included No idea, The Drifters, Quizzicles and the Misfits.
Generation 3 were not the only team to field Grandparents, parents and
grandyoungers. We were so keen that we carried on quizzing while we ate our
pizzas and at the end, one Year 8 was heard to ask when the next quiz was going
to be. Much praise to the Whitehead family who organised this high-quality mind
teaser of an evening which raised over £250 for Action for Children.
years of Methodism in Leamington Spa
of Praise Circuit service, Sunday 8th October
John Wesley tells us to ‘sing
lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead or
half asleep, but lift up your voice with strength’. So it was that a sizeable
congregation came together to do what Methodists do famously, sing (in this
case) ten mostly well-known hymns and songs.
Three of our local preachers
chose readings from the Bible and explained what they meant to them, and Andy
Laird closed the service by warning us to be active in spreading the light. He
also referred to the Churches without Walls initiative that this circuit
intends join in a year’s time.
Most of the songs were
stalwarts of Methodism, which was appropriate since 200 years ago the notion of
singing them was still modern, and many tunes were unashamedly secular. So at
least one of the tunes, to Thine be the Glory, was written in the eighteenth
century and the rest stretched through the ages as far as the present time, with two Townend and Getty
songs and also Give thanks to the Lord our God and King. Just one, StF407, Hear
the call of the Kingdom, was less well known and caused some interest owing to
its crusading, rhythmic style.
People love to come together
and sing, and maybe we should give ourselves the opportunity to do this more
often. It was a good example of what fellowship means.
Celebration Barn Dance 23rd September 2017
What a great event! Nearly a hundred people danced to the Dan Bones Ceilidh Band with Dan’s proud father Pete as caller. The church was cleared (there would never have been enough room in the hall) and the celebrations overflowed into the Community Room. The children danced too, and then the fish and chips! The St Johns Fish Bar of Warwick certainly lived up to its reputation and supplied 92 portions – this was followed by apple crumble and ice cream. Since this was harvest, what better than our own mouse, a ‘wee, sleekit, cow’rin beastie’ taking cover behind a piano and after a good half hour of kindly poking, disappearing we knew not where?.
On Sunday the church was back to normal – no fishy smells – a big congregation heard about the many efforts of our uniformed organisations to serve in the community. With Konect4 in the evening It was a grand weekend.
Church Anniversary Sunday 17th September 2017
As part of our celebrations of 200 years of Methodism in Leamington Spa we welcomed the Reverend Ian Howarth, Chair of the Birmingham District and our Member of Parliament, Matt Western. Ian amazed the children (and most of the rest of us) with his two everlasting candles that represented the 200 years of Methodism and also the inextinguishable light of Christ. He spoke of the tradition of maintaining the light and not the ashes.
Coming so soon after Sam McBratney’s recent sermon, we were left in no doubt that the wind of change was blowing through Methodism.
Then we all trooped outside for a celebration photo with Rachel standing bravely in the middle of the traffic
and then to one of our traditions – an excellent bring-and-share lunch.