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August 2011

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Farewell to Jem, Wendy, Ellie and Sam

On 24 July we said farewell to our dear friends, the Hawkins family.  A lovely service, which included many friends from the circuit including Bethel, Calf Heath and Florence Street, was followed by a bring and share lunch. 

We wish them all much happiness as Jem continues his ministry in Dudley.  Thank you for your love and ministry over nine years here in Cannock.  You are all very special to us.  God bless you all.

Jems leaving message to us -
Church Notices 24-07-11

"Thank you and God Bless"

"As we prepare to move, we just want to say THANK YOU for taking us to your hearts and being a part of our extended family.  Over the last nine years I have been privileged to be the minister of Florence Street, Trinity Norton Canes, St Paul's, St Stephen's, Calf Heath and Bethel; likewise with Longford School, Bridgtown School and Hednesford Valley High.  Each is unique and special and where we have met many special people.  In our churches and in our communities it has been wonderful to get to know people and make some good friends (of all footballing persuasions - or of none!).  It is a real wrench moving from Cannock, where we have been happy and settled, and where we have developed strong friendships.  Yet we take with us many happy memories (and a few sad ones) and share a great deal of love: As a family, we wish to say a big THANK YOU:
Thanks for having us.
Thanks for putting up with me!
Thanks for the friendship. 
Thanks for the Love.
We may no longer have a home in Cannock, but be assured you have a home in our hearts!  All of us are precious and important to God, all of us can let the light of God shine through us and make our world a better place. 
As Jesus said:  Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) as we Love each other as Jesus loves us (John 13:34etc)
As your new minister's family arrives, love Edwin, Sue and Daniel.  Care for them and cherish them and their gifts.

So farewell friends, we go in love
God Bless, Jem, Wendy, Ellie and Sam"

Gospel Choir

Sue, our church organist, has started a Gospel style choir.  This takes place on Tuesdays at 7.45 - 9.00 pm weekly and is a small, friendly group sharing fellowship through song and coffee!
Anyone interested please come along.

Holiday Club - 1st - 5th August

Another successful and enjoyable holiday club.   'Mission Rescue'  followed the story of Moses in Egypt.  It was full of dramatic stories and wonderful life-lessons.  There was games, songs, DVD clips, drama and craft.  The children were acting as secret agents: engaging in missions, cracking codes, making disguises and much more.  A great week was had by children and helpers and ended with a 'show and tell' evening followed by fish and chips.  Thanks to everyone involved especially Peter, Annette and Susan.


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