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September 2010


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St Stephen's Holiday Club  "Rocky's Plaice

This year we were set in a fish and chip shop!  Rocky refers to the name 'Peter' that Jesus gave to Simon.  Day one was the story of the Ascension and the rest of the week looked at various episodes in the life of Peter and the early church.

Included were the usual mix of activities including stories, art and craft, music, games and singing and the children had a great time and of course on Friday evening we shared in a fish and chip supper!!!

St Stephen's Day Centre for Elderly People

Our day centre celebrated its 25th Anniversary in May.   A birthday party was held on the afternoon of 10 May. Many people came along and enjoyed the entertainment. Thank you to Peggy and the team who help every week and many congratulations on this wonderful achievement. 

A few words from Peggy.......

"A leap of faith, 25 years ago, and the good will of the church fellowship brought into being this service to the local community.  It has been a blessing both to the carers and those needing help on just one day a week, when a good time  (with some hard work thrown in) is had by all!"

Day Centre Team several years ago Members of the Day Centre Team of 1985 who joined in the Silver Jubilee Celebrations Day Centre Team 2010

Peggy receiving flowers from John Day Centre 25th Anniversary Cake Lilian cutting the birthday cake

Margaret and Gordon from St Stephens recently walked  St Cuthbert's Way, from Melrose in Scotland to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), a distance of 64 miles.  They have done this as a sponsored walk, the money going between the our own Day Centre and Methodist Homes.

Sunday School Craft Day

Made by the Seekers Group (ages 11-18) Made by Infants and Junior church (ages 3 - 11)

Craft Day report From Jacqui, Junior Church Co-ordinator

The craft day on 16th May had a Pentecost theme. I wanted the children's finished work to represent the Holy Spirit. The creche and younger infants made the doves by sticking white feathers onto the card dove template, these were to represent the Spirit as it appeared at the baptism of Christ. The juniors and older infants made the tongues of fire background by weaving red and yellow ribbons onto a gold wavy background, they took one rectangle each and the eight completed rectangles were stuck together. the doves were then attached to the weaving.
The Seekers were presented with the Bible verse from Acts  'I will pour out my spirit on everyone'  and a mound of tissue paper. They used the fire coloured paper to make the background and the cooler coloured paper for the lettering, the styling was down to the Seekers, the 'quiet' tongues of fire and the longer 'windy' tongues were both from the imaginations of the teenagers and were designed to frame the verse.
All the children and helpers worked very hard to produce these pieces of art and I am very proud of them.

Churches Together Night Ministry

In May the Churches Together Night Ministry will be two years old.  It was Cannock's response to a national Christian initiative known as HOPE 08.  This valuable ministry takes place around 10 pm until 1 am every Friday night in Cannock town centre.  More people are urgently needed to join the team.  Please pray for the continuing work of this ministry.



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