22 March 2017
Why don’t I always feel the presence of God?
People have different reactions to the idea of church – lots of people imagine that faith, and especially the Christian faith, is irrelevant to life in the 21st Century; others, remembering childhood trips with school, imagine that it is dull and boring; others think that it not for ‘people like them'; and some attend regularly, finding support and encouragement.
At Monkton and Prestwick North Church we want to reassure you that the message of Jesus is as relevant today as it has ever been and that church is for all people. Even we have to admit that it can be a bit dull sometimes, but we hope to change that! We have Messy Church at Monkton and it is really popular. We believe that this is a great way to build community while learning about God and we want to provide opportunities for people to come together in a fun and encouraging way. Our goal is to build relationships with God, each other and the wider world and so we decided on ‘the Gathering’ as a place where people can do that together in an informal setting.
Where Messy Church is aimed at younger people and families ‘the Gathering’ is for everyone regardless of age. We want to encourage generations to mix together and learn from and with each other. Each ‘Gathering’ will take place on the second Sunday of every month and will begin at 4 pm with food. Eating together is a good way of getting to know people and that’s why we start with food.
After that there will be some of the things you might expect to happen in church – singing, prayers, reading from the bible and a talk. These will be interactive though so it’s not just someone talking at you. Each event will finish by 6pm.
The dates for Gatherings during 2016 are:
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