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Vicar M said that Lent was not just about giving something up but also taking something up. So the catering team are doing a good deed by feeding us and by turning up and making a donation for our meal we can in turn give money to charities and those in need. What a great idea – caring for your neighbour as well as getting to know each other a little better. Win Win, says Christopher.
This was my first sort of party. I went to meet the Sunday School at St Michael’s and we had lots of food. Vicar Martyn told all the parents how they can follow me on Teds 2020 Blog – so I now have followers. Vicar Martyn thinks their his followers but we all know it’s me Christopher they are following. We had great fun and it was a wonderful atmosphere. This really was a joyful story and how we are building God’s Kingdom. Carry on the great work.
This was my first ever Lent Course and we talked about what ‘Pilgrimage’ means. Vicar Martyn said how important these kind of courses are and how it gives us an opportunity to talk about things and learn from each others experiences. I listened very carefully as I am a ‘Pilgrimage Bear’ and also on a journey with you.
Bishop June meets some of our parishioners. Vicar Martyn looked quite anxious wondering what they were talking about. Were they telling a joyful story! I heard it all so be nice to me Vicar M or I spill the beans!
Christopher and the parish were thrilled to welcome Bishop June to one of our Lent Lunches. Vicar Martyn was very kind (he said that) to let the kitchen team have a short break to have their photo taken with Bishop June.
Christopher was very excited to meet with a small group from church to start to explore how the church can better engage and support our local community here in Maesteg. He loved Vicar Martyn’s comments about ‘looking out from the church as opposed to looking in’ and ‘telling a joyful story’ through our actions.
The ‘Gluten Free’ team won the pancake night quiz. I quizzed (get it! – vicar your so funny) Christopher as to who answered the least number of questions but he said his lips were sealed.
This is me with Mrs Parry after their school assembly on Lent. Vicar Martyn challenged the children in Lent to stop doing something that they know is wrong and start doing something good or right like being a kinder person.
This is me with the lovely children at their school assembly. Vicar Martyn was asked to speak about Fairtrade – treating people fairly for their work like the farmers etc. A fair days pay for a fair days work. He also connected this to Modern Day Slavery where people are forced to work long hours often for very little money. He told them that Jesus said ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’ and be kind to everyone around you. After the assembly he stayed for a question and answer session with some of the children about what a vicar does which was fascinating as I only thought he only worked on a Sunday!
This is Ceri one of our Church Wardens he was the quiz master. The pancakes look lush. He asked lots of searching questions such as the weight of the biggest pancake and the highest a pancake has been tossed. He also asked if Sunday’s were included in the 40 days of lent. I think that was one of the few questions vicar Martyn got right. I am not sure how much of a help he was to his team which were called ‘Butterless’ something to do with special pancakes for the vicar. Special needs!!!