The recent circuit services have shown how inclusive our welcome, church and worship can be.
The recent Circuit Service on September 10th was, again, a celebration of the whole church - with elements of Together in Worship combined with the more traditional circuit service.
The service included elements of Together in Worship- being cafe style and with activities which explored the theme of "Dedicated to Building the Kingdom," and where children and young people felt comfortable to just be themselves as we all explored the theme, with wonderful direction by Revd Rachel Parkinson (the Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury district).
The service was thought provoking, inclusive and challenging, as we were all called to play our part in building the Kingdom of God. It included Rachel leading interactive parachute prayers and a call for us to show our dedication by writing our names of stones - which were placed together by some of the young people into hearts - reminding us that we are called to be like Jesus in expressing God's love in our world.
The musicians led worship with hymns and songs old and new. Tracy and Dan led an interpretation of And Can It Be which progressed from the reflective questioning of the opening verses to the powerful assurance of our place in God through Jesus.
In the service Jem was recognised as Superintendent minister, Michael as having "stood up" to the call of ministry with us, and Liz as the district lay worker.
May we all be dedicated to building a church of living stones where all are welcomes, valued and cherished.
Here are Rachel's thoughts on the service from The Chairs Travels page:
This service followed the Circuit Service on 16th July, when we said farewell to Revd Dr Caroline Wickens, who has been a wonderful and inspirational Superintendent Minister as she has led the circuit so ably. The service, at a packed Cole Street Methodist Church, included items by people of all ages and celebrated, not only Caroline's ministry, but also the ministry of Martin Collett and Peter Roberts (with prayers said by our youngest local preachers).