Author: Tom Veitch (page 1 of 4)

Celebrating creation

Since the school term re-started our Sunday Explorers have started to meet outside, in a small group, to explore nature and think about creation and the God who made us all.

This has taken us to Stoney Wood, the Star Disc, fields around Wirksworth and the community orchard.

Here are some photos from the community orchard, where the children made pictures from leaves with wonderful autumn colours.

 

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Busy fingers

Camilla has found crochet to be a good lockdown hobby and has created a large blanket from fifty six individual squares.

Summer flowers and stone steps

Linda has been busy creating an amazing painting from Bonsall. It’s the second in a series that started with her previous painting of spring flowers, using the same composition format.

Summer Flowers and Stone Steps in Bonsall

Linda says,

My next one will show Autumn fruits against an aerial view of our garden. The fourth one will, not surprisingly, show a Winter Bonsall scene maybe with some holly and ivy! I plan to exhibit the group in next year’s Bonsall Art Trail exhibition.

Linda’s painting

A fantastic painting from Linda, who comments that she has started her next painting, which will have summer wild flowers in the foreground.

Seen from another angle

On a walk recently we got a glimpse of Wirksworth from a place that we don’t often go.  We were surprised to see the church building from a different angle from the one we are used to seeing every week from Coldwell Street.

It’s good to take a fresh look at familiar things, particularly from a distance where you can consider a new perspective or context.

Great tubs of flowers

Lots of us have been spending more time in the garden under lockdown and this has often had a positive impact as we can brighten up the streets for neighbours and passers by. Lillian is very pleased of the tubs outside her front door – and was just a bit disappointed that the sun wasn’t shining when she took the picture.

Welcoming in Jesus’ name

How do you welcome people in a time of pandemic? Our reading for Sunday Explorers was from Matthew 10:40-42:

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

We thought about all the different ways that we might be able to welcome people, even when we can’t shake hands, hug or let them into our houses. Then we made ‘welcome’ signs to hang in our houses as a reminder. Here is the one that Florence made.

 

How many can you spot

On 21 June  at Sunday Explorers we looked at pictures of baked beans, smarties and grains of salt, trying to guess how many there were in the picture – not an easy job! Then we discussed what it meant that God knows every hair on our heads (more for some than for others!).

Ella asked us to draw pictures where there was a lot of one particular thing, so that the rest of us could guess how many there were. Here is Sylvie’s picture of a tree with lots of leaves and a cloud with a lot of drops of rain. How many can you count?

Jan’s roses

Jan has been very pleased with how her roses have done this year and here are some photos.

Jan can’t remember the name of the red rose, so please contact us if you recognise it!

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A prayer for our times

At our weekly Zoom meeting we shared the following prayer from Karen Campbell, the United Reformed Church’s Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, and the Moderators of the URC General Assembly, the Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill. It is part of a longer article that can be read on the United Reformed Church’s website.

 

Eternal God,
deeply troubled by what is happening following George Floyd’s death,
and by too much other inhumanity that doesn’t reach the headlines,
we cry to you as the one
whose love was the victor at Easter and
who pours it into our hearts at Pentecost.

As we observe the pain of a fractured world,
use your love to drive us from sadness to compassion;
as we watch the pain of the bereaved,
use your love to move us from pity to companionship;
as we are faced with the pain of marginalised people,
use your love to point us from complacency to your commonwealth.

In our praying,
let us not just talk to you,
but yield to your love;
in our anger,
let us not just rail against injustice,
but manifest your love;
in our actions,
let us not just flail about aimlessly,
but build the civilisation of love.

Until none of us are disregarded for who we are
nor any diminished by what we fail to be,
we keep on praying in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 

(banner photo by Prateek Gautam on Unsplash)

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