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October 2008


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Report from Holiday Club 2008 ...... 

“Daddy shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, di, doo.”  I enjoyed that song.  I sang it all the time afterwards, except when I was singing, “Glug, glug, scratch, scratch, hey baby!”.

Singing the folksongs and doing the dancing was great. 

We started off in the morning with fun with Ted the Trainer, then I liked listening to the bible stories and doing all the craft activities and showing them to everyone else.

It was nice having your lunch with all your friends particularly when there was ice cream for afters.

We all liked the games in the afternoon, particularly the Mini-Olympics.  I was ready for my drink though.

I liked it when our mums and dads came along as well in the evening.  The parachute games were good and I loved scrambling underneath to get my shoes back.  And when we had the fish and chip evening I liked showing everyone what we’d been doing during the week.

With the Olympic Games coming up some of us found out on the internet that the five linked circles stood for the five continents and that meant all the world together.  And when we sang that God had got “the whole world in his hands” I realised that meant you and me as well.

Yes, “Champion’s Challenge” was a really great week.


Welcome Service for Rev Anthony Hick
and Rev Tony Brookes

A service was held at St Stephen's on the 2 September to welcome two new ministers to our circuit.  Rev Anthony Hick will be our new Superintendent Minister, replacing Ray Goode, at Cheslyn Hay.  He will be responsible for Salem, Great Wyrley, Upper Landywood and Featherstone churches. We also welcome Rev Tony Brookes who will have pastoral care of St Paul's Rugeley, Brereton, Cannock Wood and Handsacre.  Rev Fiona Brown will be moving to the Penkridge section.  In the service we also welcomed Norton Canes Methodist Church to the Cannock Chase Circuit.  Jem will have pastoral care here for the next 12 months.


Leaving service for Rev Ray Goode

Worship, comedy, drama, singing, speeches and food - Ray's leaving do was a really entertaining evening in July. We all wish him a long and happy retirement and our best wishes to Jill, Sophie and the family.

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