November Junior Church – What we did!

It was a sunny but cold day in Brixworth this morning, and after the first Hymn in church we headed over to the Community Centre for Junior Church.

We warmed up with some physical exercises, with running across the room, jumping, and touching toes all in evidence! Even the adults joined in.

Then it was onto the mat. There have been a few birthday’s since we last met and so we sang Happy Birthday to Richard, Emma and Edward.

Then, it was time for some thinking. Today at Junior Church we looked at the Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents (also the Parable of the Minas), is one of the parables of Jesus, it appears in Matthew 25:14-25:30 & Luke 19:12-19:27

The “Parable of the Talents”, in Matthew 25:14–30 tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants. According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the third servant received one talent. The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money. Upon returning home, after a long absence, the master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. The first and the second servants explain that they each put their talents to work, and have doubled the value of the property with which they were entrusted; each servant was rewarded:

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Matthew 25:23, New English TranslationThe third servant, however, had merely hidden his talent, had buried it in the ground, and was punished by his master:

“Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Matthew 25:24–30, New English TranslationWe looked at what this might mean.

Traditionally, the parable of the talents has been seen as an exhortation to Jesus’ disciples to use their God-given gifts in the service of God, and to take risks.

We then looked at what talents we all had.  Some of us were good with Computers, some were good with Gymnastics, and Edward said his talent was that he gave his mum the best cuddles ever! We decided that it was always important to use what talents you had, and appreciate others who had talents that we might not.

Then, it was Crafting Time. This month, we started on Christmas Decorations for the Junior Church Christmas Tree which will be at the Christmas Market in the Church on the 2nd December.

Out came pipe cleaners, glue, cardboard and a truck load of glitter. In particular we think Jack did some awesome colouring:

Then, it was back into Church for the final Hymn and to show what we had been up to, before biscuits and juice.

We’re really looking forward to seeing the Tree at the Festival!

 

Advance Notice of temporary Church Closure from January 8th 2018

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All Saints Church will be closed to Visitors from 8th January 2018 for approximately six weeks whilst the restoration of the Organ is completed. Our normal Church Services will continue during this period. 
 
We regret this inconvenience, but it is necessary for reasons of safety and security.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our splendid building as soon as possible.
 
All Saints Brixworth PCC

September 2017 Junior Church – What we did!

In Junior Church today we looked at the theme of FORGIVENESS.

We started with some fun and games, and played Statues.. where one person faces the wall and people walk towards them, when they turn around every stops and if you move you are back to the start! Great fun.

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Then it was onto the carpet for a look at this week’s theme.

Richard explained that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s important that we forgive them.  We looked at Matthew 18:22, a famous verse on forgiveness.

In the bible, Jesus is asked if someone should be forgiven if they do something seven times.

Matthew 18:22

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

That is 539 times, which we all agreed was a lot!

Then we thought about mistakes we may have made in the last week and took turns sharing. Andy had managed to spill soup down herself when heading into a meeting;  Anthony had sent a bit of a nasty email when he should have picked up the phone first; Edward had knocked a full glass of juice over when having a strop; and there was a great example of leaving your homework to the last minute which we all decided was a bit of a mistake!!

Next we had some pencils and crayons. They were many different colours, shapes and sizes – just like us in the world.  We made marks with them, and then rubbed the marks out with an eraser. We thought that Jesus might be like the eraser, rubbing out our mistakes and making it right again.

Then we made a display using the letters F O R G I V E N E S S.  We also showed how big 539 was using a line with a curl on for each number!

Lastly, we did a drama piece where Alex made a mistake and spilt water over the carpet in Edward’s room. He said sorry and was forgiven by Edward . We went back into Church  for a blessing and a hymn, and then showcased our drama production.  Everyone liked it, even our Churchwarden after she realised it wasn’t real water!!

Afterwards, it was time for chocolate biscuits and orange squash.

Join us again next month!

Growing Saints is our Junior Church here at Brixworth. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.  We meet on the third Sunday of each month and offer friendly & fun activities for infant & primary  school children (4+). You are welcome to accompany your child with us if you prefer, or stay and enjoy the main service! 

THANK YOU to our Churchyard Volunteers!!

Over the past few weekends, a number of villagers have been volunteering their precious time to come and help maintain our Churchyard grass.

We would just like to say a massive THANK YOU for all your efforts as it’s made a real difference and we are so grateful.

We don’t receive any money from the Parish Council in support of Churchyard maintenance and rely on local volunteers, who had been dwindling in numbers of late so this new influx of people who care is most welcome 🙂

Once again – thank you for all your efforts. 

Our 2017 Easter Services

Below are the details of our 2017 Easter services at Brixworth and Holcot. All welcome, we would love to see you there.

Palm Sunday 9th April:

10:30am (Brixworth) Joint Family Communion (with Holcot)

Family service featuring a donkey!

Maundy Thursday 13th April

5:30pm (Holcot) Holy Communion

7:30pm (Brixworth) The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday

A hour long service featuring a Sung Eucharist, followed by watch of the Passion. Feel free to come and worship.

Good Friday 14th April

9:00AM (Holcot) Hot Cross Buns followed by Meditation on the Cross

10:30 (Brixworth) Ecumenical Walk of Witness with the BCF (finishing at All Saints)

A joint walk from the Library up to the Church. Family friendly, all welcome

2.00PM (Brixworth) Meditation on the Cross

Easter Sunday 16th April

9:00 (Holcot) Family Communion

10:30am (Brixworth) Family Communion

Notification of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017

THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

 

will be held in The Brixworth Centre on 2nd day of April at 12 noon

For the election of Parochial representatives of the laity as follows:

  • To the Parochial Church Council twelve representatives
  • To the Deanery Synod two representatives

For the appointment of Sidesmen and the Independent Examiner or Auditor.

For the consideration of:

  • A Report on changes in the roll since the annual parochial church meeting;
  • An Annual Report of the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
  • The Financial Statements of the Council for the year ending on the 31st December immediately preceding the meeting audited or independently examined;
  • A Report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church or churches of the parish;
  • A Report on the proceedings of the Deanery Synod

and other matters of parochial or general Church interest.