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June is St Stephen's 41st anniversary. This year we welcomed Rev Richard Ashmore from Stone who led our morning and evening worship. Some will remember him when he taught for a time at Cannock Grammar School (Chenet), then he left to do training for the Methodist Ministry at the Queen's College, Birmingham and is now a Supernumery Minister.
Firm Foundations 08
Report from Nick, age 14, who attended this festival...
FIRM FOUNDATIONS, the Boys Brigade Festival of mud and worship was an amazing experience for the three of us that made the journey to Hemel Hempstead. We arrived at about 7pm on the Friday and after about an hour to settle in we went off to the large tent for the worship. It was different. The band and the speaker were a big change from what we're used to at St Stephens. The worship sessions lasted around 2 hours, and there were two each day. We had free-roam to do what we wanted pretty much, and there was always something to be getting on with. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and now we know that we're not the only three teenage Christians in the world, we're not alone.
Margaret and Gordon recently walked the Great Glen Way from Fort William in Scotland to Inverness, a distance of about 80 miles and raised £300 for Methodist Homes. This is a charity providing care homes, housing and support services for older people throughout Britain. Established almost 65 years ago Methodist Homes now delivers a range of services to over 12,5000 individuals in the following ways:
3,000 older people in residential and special Care Homes
1,500 older people in sheltered housing
8,000 older people in community projects.
These services are provided by 4,000 dedicated staff and 5,000 committed volunteers.
On Saturday 14 June St Stephen's held a funday for the Brownhills and Pelsall, Cannock Chase and Stafford circuits. This was an afternoon of singing, fun, making things, games etc.
We are all part of Hope 08 as between us we come into contact with many people, whether at work, school, home, out and about or here at St Stephen's. Hope 08 encompasses the many ongoing activities at our church. These give us opportunities to worship together, to encourage one another in our faith, to offer support and to have fun. Individually and as a group we seek to share the love of God with others.
Hope 08 includes working with people from other churches in our area. Some of the links have been established over many years both in the circuit and through Churches Together in Cannock.
Newer initiatives include:
A sponsored stroll took place on 7 June, a few took part from St Stephen's, and the money they raised will be shared between our church and Churches Together.