Crook St Andrew’s Dawson Street Local Ecumenical Partnership celebrated their 10th anniversary of the coming together of Dawson Street Methodist Church and St Andrew’s United Reformed Church at morning worship on 6th December 2015 (Advent 2). The special guest preacher was Dr Joss Bryan, tutor at the former Weslyan Study Centre and now at Cranmer Hall with St John’s College, Durham. The chapel celebrations were set in the context of the continuing Winter Foliage Festival and the lectionary readings for Advent 2. Dr Bryan in her thoughtful and challenging sermon prayed that God’s presence would continue to journey with the chapel community in loving care and service to one another and in outreach and support to the community.
The morning service was followed by a celebration lunch. Greetings were read from Revd Tom Wilkinson former Methodist minister at the time of the formation of the LEP, and in person, the Revd Ruth Crofton brought her warm wishes and positive hopes for the future. A small photographic exhibition of the ministry of chapel during the last 10 years was prepared to mark this special occasion. A vote of thanks was expressed by the chapel’s senior steward Mrs Christine Jackson to all who had made the day such an enjoyable and memorable experience.
C Club (Messy Church) celebrate Christmas
When the story of Jesus’s birth is gradually being squeezed out by the hustle and bustle of shopping activities, and Christmas is being replaced with Santa’s Magical Kingdom, “Frozen” and WinterFests, Crook C Club this year repeated the traditional story of Christmas in song with nativity crafts. Paper angels, hand painted camels, iced crib cakes, and cotton woolly sheep inspired the imagination of the children with the time-honoured stories taken from the gospels of Luke and Matthew.
An enjoyable evening with the children around tables groaning with a delicious Christmas tea concluded a very happy and successful term of Messy Church worship and activities. The chapel stewards and elders appreciate and value the monthly work carried out by the C Club staff team and send their good wishes and prayers for Christmas and the New Year beyond.
At the request of the Headteacher, the team at Crook Messy Church have also started a messy Church monthly programme in Hartside Primary School which is well received.