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Photos of Lent Course 2009 - Wattisfield Churches Working Together - Quiet Day: June 28th Await More Details

This year's Lent Course, which was a joint venture between St Margaret's and the URC,  was held in the comfort of the URC Chapel.  Between 15 and 20 people attended on each of the six evenings which focused on 'Experiencing God'. The evening started with a worship session which looked at different interpretations of the Psalms.  Peter Gibbs then led a multi-sensory prayer session which involved activities such as: planting bulbs; meditating on a passage of scripture; and praying for others using symbols such as myrhh, silver and ribbons.  A themed series of refreshments included Borsch, Baklava and Samosas.  Ken Smith showed us how to prepare a Mango properly and then produced one for each of the group that he'd 'prepared earlier'.  The speakers chose their own subjects and we learned about 'Listening to God' (David Freeman, Industrial Chaplain, Thetford); 'The Ups and Downs of Spiritual Life' (Ken Smith, Lay Elder, Hinderclay);  'Visiting Oman' (Revd Roy Ritchie, Moderator, URC)  'Life & Work in Ukraine' (Adrian Black, Youth Leader, URC); and  'A Trip to Jordan' (Jenny Hill, Lay Elder, Wattisfield).  The course finished with a celebration of  'The Seder' in which the Revd John Fulton gave an excellent talk using symbols such as horseradish, parsley, salt water and Matzos to explain 'The Passover Meal' and its relationship to our Communion Service.  In a written evaluation of the course participants expressed a very real interest in continuing the fellowship and learning which had taken place.  The first of these follow-up courses will be a 'Quiet Day' on Sunday 28th June, by kind invitation of Mike to visit his farm outside Halesworth, which will include lunch and finish with communion.
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This year's Lent Course, which was a joint venture between St Margaret's and the URC,  was held in the comfort of the URC Chapel.  Between 15 and 20 people attended on each of the six evenings which focused on 'Experiencing God'. The evening started with a worship session which looked at different interpretations of the Psalms.  Peter Gibbs then led a multi-sensory prayer session which involved activities such as: planting bulbs; meditating on a passage of scripture; and praying for others using symbols such as myrhh, silver and ribbons.  A themed series of refreshments included Borsch, Baklava and Samosas.  Ken Smith showed us how to prepare a Mango properly and then produced one for each of the group that he'd 'prepared earlier'.  The speakers chose their own subjects and we learned about 'Listening to God' (David Freeman, Industrial Chaplain, Thetford); 'The Ups and Downs of Spiritual Life' (Ken Smith, Lay Elder, Hinderclay);  'Visiting Oman' (Revd Roy Ritchie, Moderator, URC)  'Life & Work in Ukraine' (Adrian Black, Youth Leader, URC); and  'A Trip to Jordan' (Jenny Hill, Lay Elder, Wattisfield).  The course finished with a celebration of  'The Seder' in which the Revd John Fulton gave an excellent talk using symbols such as horseradish, parsley, salt water and Matzos to explain 'The Passover Meal' and its relationship to our Communion Service.  In a written evaluation of the course participants expressed a very real interest in continuing the fellowship and learning which had taken place.  The first of these follow-up courses will be a 'Quiet Day' on Sunday 28th June, by kind invitation of Mike to visit his farm outside Halesworth, which will include lunch and finish with communion.
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