At our AGM on 28th January, members said they wished for the Branch Leader, Treasurer and Minutes’ Secretary to continue for another year. Last year we had invited a speaker to two or three of our meetings, but it turned out that very few members attended; very disappointing for all concerned. This year we are not having a programme. If members wish to invite someone to speak, they will make the arrangements. We are hoping to have at our March meeting (24th), either Nora Carlin or one of her colleagues who have been collecting and delivering clothes, food, etc. for refugees.
On 6th April our branch will host the Deanery Festival (as Lady Day falls during Lent). The service will be at St Cross Church at 2.00pm, and as Alan will be in Australia, Derek Buckthorpe (licensed Lay Reader at Lymm Church and Deanery Treasurer) will be leading the worship. We shall still have our monthly meeting on 28th April at St Matthew’s Church Hall. Visitors are always welcome. This year we have lost one member, but gained two new members-good news; we are growing.
Following the AGM in January, the first meeting of the new ACF programme took place on the 4th February. A very informative talk was given by our speaker, Steve Parish, previously Vicar of St Anne’s in Warrington for many years, but who is the Chaplain for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service based in Warrington and also covering the stations at Birchwood and Stockton Heath.
Steve has considerable experience in industrial chaplaincy having worked with the railways; wire industry as well as Fire & Rescue. The main focus of the role is with fire-fighters themselves, giving valuable support both during their role but also following traumatic events if needed. He entertained members with some humorous anecdotes, whilst delivering a serious message. It was much enjoyed by all present.
The ACF are leading the Women’s World Day of Prayer celebrations in Church on Friday 4th March at 7:30pm and warmly welcome you to the service which this year has been prepared by the Cuban national committee.
Our next scheduled meeting is on Thursday 7th April 7:30pm in the Church Hall, when we will be having a Musical evening with Geoff & Sue Buchan. Please do come and join us. Further information can be obtained from Wendy Homer, Leader Tel no: 261075 or Kath Holbourn, Secretary Tel no: 269063
Connections: Men’s Group
At our last meeting, which was held on Thursday 11th February 2016 we were delighted to have Major Adrian Coupe who is the Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Church in Warrington. He gave a most interesting testimony of his life and coming to know the Lord. Having been brought up in a Salvation Army family as a teenager he drifted away from the church having been brought up for a good part of his childhood in Pakistan. He turned away from the Lord and had a rebellious youth. However after attending a Salvation Army get together his heart was touched by the Lord and as a 22 year old found himself at Denmark Hill College, training to be a Salvation Army Officer. He met his future wife there at the college and they have been in ministry ever since. After many postings some in inner city churches he found himself at Warrington. He spoke about the many different churches and people he has been associated with, including working with the homeless and disadvantaged men and women.
Our next meeting will be held on 3rd March 2016 at the Church Hall. Our speaker will be Alan Hibbert who will give a Lent Reflection and has promised to speak about the fruit of the vine and how we can become real servants of God