Shirley Mackintosh: September 2016
Thursday 1st September 2016
We began by reflecting together on the summer, and what the highlights had been: one person had been involved in a children's holiday club and had seen 50 taking part; another persons' highlight had been 'to discover church' we then thought about where God had been in these experiences.
The theme for the September evening was 'Seasons' and we thought about the different seasons in our lives.
We offered two creative stations for people to engage with during the evening: local artist Julia Mundin had created a large poster with various newspaper clippings — some reporting good news stories, and others reporting happenings around the world where people were in danger, or need.
We were invited to take acetates, which had been overlaid with sentences from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven', and colour in various words eg 'A time to plant and a time to uproot'. Julie then spray-mounted the acetates over the newspaper clippings to make a very effective poster.
The other activity on offer was more contemplative, and we invited people to consider the spiritual season of their lives: In the autumn we may want to ask, 'What is changing for me?' or if we feel that we are in a winter season, to ask, 'Where do I find nourishment?'
Along with these creative elements, the Xpect Band led us in worship and Whitchurch Methodist Church offered coffee and home-made cakes.
The next Xpect will be in Newbury at the Methodist Church from 7.30pm on Thursday 6th October and then in Andover on Friday 4th December.
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