A brilliant sleepover

The ‘big sleepover’ was a great success and a truely wonderful community experience. The camaraderie between the young people, many new to each other and spanning a large age range, and also between adults who were digging deep from busy working days to be involved in a potential all nighter was very special. Everyone supported each other and teamwork flowed. It was an honour to be involved in this event.

Children ranged from 7-17yrs and the adults were an experienced group of well briefed volunteers who took the helm. All were DBS checked.

The outcome was brilliant.

There were games, crafts,quizzes and challenges earlier on in the evening followed by a comforting bedtime story that captured everyone’s imagination and led into a short reflection time. Ending the night (and going a little into the morning!) was the film- by popular vote- Moana! A cinema style atmosphere was created with the film projected. This was of course enhanced with popcorn, hot chocolate, toast, toast and more toast…

Sleep did occur for the young people to some degree and for the adults…. well…maybe!

In the morning we were very kindly graced with sausage, bacon and egg butties. These were lovingly provided and cooked by The Flying Ferret pub and greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all young people and volunteers for making this such a special event. In particular thanks to Rev Amanda who was the brainchild, encourager, coordinator and as ever the one who got herself fully immersed in proceedings and fun.

written by Sarah Wood

What a lovely email!

 

This is an email that was sent to Rev. Amanda after the Baptism on Sunday.

Subject: Thank you

Wow Amanda! What a fantastic day yesterday. The service was so special and thanks for making it so. We have had lots of family members and friends talk about how fantastic you are – they all loved the way you were with children, your humour and really enjoyed being in church due to the relaxed atmosphere you created. I’ve attached a picture of you and Arthur. Speak soon.

Emily xxx

Westminster’s Terrorist Attack

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Today the United Benefice of Kirkburton and Shelley, wish to thank and pay tribute to all those who were involved in the terrible and senseless acts of terrorism yesterday. To give our thanks and condolences for the lives taken and those injured by a lone terrorist who attacked the houses of parliament.

 

It is our desire to thank all the security and police officers, our emergency services and all who those in positions of authority as well as those who sacrificially serve and dedicate their lives to keeping this country safe.

 

We respectfully send our condolences to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives yesterday. To police officer Keith Palmer who in an act of pure sacrificial bravery gave his life not only to protect the members of parliament but to protect us all. We are grateful to this man (and others) who have given this country a renewed energy to stand united as a people who defiantly uphold British Values and Democracy.

 

Today, we reverently send our love, especially as mothering Sunday approaches, to Aysha Frade a teacher who died, allegedly collecting her children from school yesterday. In our compassion and love, we offer our prayers to her children and husband, as they wake up this morning to irrevocably changed life.

 

As we come to terms with our loss as a nation we collectively offer our thoughts and prayers of healing and recovery to the forty people injured. We ask God to be with all people affected yesterday but particularly those in a critical condition.

 

Poignantly we are currently in a period of Lent where are called to re-examine our lives, to ask for forgiveness of all our wrongs, and to be quietly reflective. This Lent let us today unite in prayer:

 

Lord, we pray for all those who walk in freedom today, because of those who  sacrificed their lives and bodies to keep us safe.

 

Lord, we pray for the families of those who lost their lives yesterday and for those  who are still battling to stay alive. To them, we offer our solidarity, our love and our  determination not to give up but to carry on with them at this difficult time.

 

Lord, we pray for those injured or maimed. To those who will face the rest of their  days coming to terms with physical and physiological scares, or deeper mental and  spiritual wounds after yesterday’s terrible and senseless event.

 

Lord, we pray for all those striving to give support amid this devastation, for our   security forces, police officers, ambulance and medical services and for those who  with such bravery assisted in yesterday’s disaster.   And we ask that all unsung  heroes are equipped today with renewed compassion, wisdom and strength.

 

Lord, we pray for Teresa May. We thank her for the determined and yet   compassionate speech and tribute she gave yesterday to the nation. Also for her  strength and power as she addressed in parliament today. Help guide her as she continues to work with other countries and our own people to keep our beautiful   nation safe and united.

 

Lord, may we never take others for granted, may we be united in our love of those  who have suffered. Give us the strengthen to be united in the face of evil and give us the power to change this world, not by killing but by loving.

 

Amen.

 

The humbled Reverend Amanda.

 

Growing The Family with a Baptism

 

 

This morning Rev. Amanda and Emmanuel Church welcomed the family and friends of Mila Mary Russell.  Mila who was looking gorgeous on her special day,  and while making her feelings known, was very well behaved.  The children joined in blessing the holy water and helping Rev. Amanda.  We would like to welcome Mila to the Emmanuel family and wish her a long,healthy and happy life.

Confirmation

If you are interested in getting confirmed this year,  please speak to Rev Amanda to arrange this.

 

A Prayer for the first week of Lent

God of hope,
You know what it is like for us to face temptation,
having been tempted in the wilderness.
Yet you remained steadfast.
Thank you that Jesus Christ, the Son of God
and the Son of Man
is able to rescue, heal and help,
whilst understanding our pain and struggles.
Amen.

Rev Amanda goes to Kirkburton First School

Rev Amanda and the newly formed Collective Worship Group at Kirkburton First School, delivered their first collective worship assembly.

The theme covered:-

Lent being a journey, a journey to meet with God and that the Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday.

 

The group described Ash Wednesday and Lent through the symbolism of an
Easter Garden. They did this by explaining all the objects in the garden, for example the tomb. The river of peace, the three crosses, the white cloth within the tomb, the candle at the entrance of the tomb (symbolises the light and life of the risen Jesus).  The three women at the tomb.  The angel at the tomb, the palm leaves, the crown of thorns made of ivy. The sun, giving light and representing the Son of God. And much more…

After they finished describing the objects in the Easter Garden, the group used special words to narrate the Jesus’ death on the cross.

These words are:
Crucifixion
Resurrection
Cross
Crown
Sins
Forgiveness
Holy
Spirit
Then they asked the school to Fast and Feast this Lent on:

Fast on teasing…Feast on being kind to others…
Fast from greed…Feast on generosity
Fast from falling out…Feast on friendship
Fast from jealousy…Feast on kindness
Fast from selfishness…Feast on sharing
Fast from laziness…Feast on hard work.

Rev Amanda would like to challenge  our social media followers this lent to:

Fast on means…Feast kindness
Fast from greed…Feast on generosity
Fast from falling out…Feast on friendship
Fast from jealousy…Feast on letting go
Fast from selfishness…Feast on sharing
Fast from laziness…Feast on hard work

The Kind Stranger and the Blood shed.

This week Rev. Amanda took the story of the Kind Stranger to school. Starting at Shelley First School Rev. Amanda took the assembly where they preformed The Kind Stranger, based on the Good Samaritan, All was going well with the children acting as a fireman. a priest and a young boy on a skateboard.  Then carnage a tube of theatrical blood spilt all over the floor. It streaked across the floor making it look like a mass murder had taken place!

At the next port of call Rev. Amanda was dressed as a priest from Jesus’s time. At the next port of call The kind Stranger mended the hurt boy with spiderman plasters!  Great fun was had by all, there are some budding actors in our community!kind stranger

wow wow wow

What a night!  We certainly flew high at the Flying Ferret last night.  Out joint beneficiary had an amazing night with the auction raising an astonishing £1500 for our Youth Group.  Many thanks go to so many local businesses and people for donating things to be auctioned. Great night, Great community and Great results!

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Women’s World Day of Prayer

Women’s World Day of Prayer
March 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women’s world day of prayer will be held at Shelley Methodists.