Work is just about complete on the decorating front and so it’s time to say a very big THANK YOU to all who have helped in any way. This kind of project can only be completed by people working together and it’s great to see how enthusiastically people have helped – preparing surfaces, painting and re-painting, cleaning up, turning their hands to all kinds of DIY jobs (including making skirting boards, fixing new handles to doors, putting up display boards and mending anything that was broken), cooking, washing up, washing toys, scrubbing floors… the list goes on. A local worker came into the building today and was bowled over by all that had been achieved. Sometimes we may take our strengths and talents for granted, but as her response shows, such a summer project is no mean feat, so thank you to everyone who has been involved in any way at all (and that most definitely includes those who have prayed for us all to have the strength and energy to keep going!) The age range of willing workers has been quite impressive and we know without a doubt that everyone has worked tirelessly not only because they want the building to look nice, but because they know they are serving God in these practical ways: whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.‘ (Col 3:17)

Thanks are also due to every church member (and those from Great Houghton as well) who support the food bank faithfully at all times. Alison from the Salvation Army came to move all the food, provisions and clothes to the Salvation Army today:

IMG_2139As her car shows, once again people’s generosity and faithfulness in giving are astonishing:

IMG_2140 IMG_2141It’s great to be involved in supporting other churches in the area and to work together, for there is strength in community and it’s no coincidence that that word includes ‘unity’. As our notice board shows, we have a desire to work in and with our local community, reaching out through different groups run by the church (the Monday night youth group, the Friday Parent & Toddler group, the Saturday coffee morning) and through our involvement in ‘Churches Together’ and supporting the food bank.