By the time you read this, we will have said goodbye, farewell and God bless to our Minister the Reverend Graham Miles. We have greatly appreciated his ministry with us and he is now moving to a group of churches in the Skegness area.
Our new minister is the Reverend Phil Summers who is already the minister of the Methodist churches at Dursley, Cam and Wootton-under-Edge. This is not the first time that we have been grouped with these churches – EMC seems to get shuffled from group to group surprisingly frequently. Phil starts with us in September and it is likely that his first service with us in this new capacity will be on Sunday 22nd September.Phil has been a minister for 27 years and is known for his story telling and other performing arts skills. We expect that he will prove really good at doing the interactive talky bit at future Messy events and become a welcome additional participant in our Into the Book sessions where we act out Bible stories in Eastington and Whitminster primary schools.
At the end of August, Liz will be relinquishing her part time paid post as Youth & Family Worker. She has been a key part of our toddler groups, the youth club, Messy Events and much more for six years now. She expects to maintain quite a lot of involvement in a voluntary capacity and we will be looking for a replacement once we have prayed and discussed the most appropriate specification for her successor.
The Youth Club meets on Friday evenings between 7:00 – 9:00pm at EMC and is expected to run through the summer holidays with the probable exception of Friday 23rd August. Usually we plan a couple of youth outings during the summer holidays but patchy numbers have meant that we have not done so yet. We remain very keen to build up the numbers again and anyone in the 11-18 age bracket is very welcome to come along to meet us and see if they like what they find.
Some of our other activities take a break over summer or are more limited.
We only have one Café Church service in August on the 11th with more conventional services on the other Sundays.
There are expected to be informal Drop-In-Café sessions at the church from 10am – 11:30am on 31st July and 14th August; both Wednesdays. Toys and crafts will be available for kids.