St Mary's Uttoxeter

  • The Season of Epiphany

    25 Dec 2019 • Articles

    An article for Epiphany by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Weekly Newsletter Christmas 2019

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  • The most significant event in our world

    1 Dec 2019 • Articles

    December 2019 Parish magazine letter

    In July 1969 President Nixon proclaimed, “The greatest event in human history occurred when man first put his foot on the moon”. Having got to the moon and experienced it himself on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, Colonel James Irwin countered this statement with one of his own: “The most significant event in our world is not that man stood on the moon but that God in Christ stood on earth.”

    Space exploration along with many other scientific and technological breakthroughs in recent history are definitely a real achievement to be marvelled at but without the one event celebrated each Christmas where would the world be?

    God planned Jesus’ coming to earth and prepared the way through Old Testament times (cf. Isaiah 9:6 or 53:3-7). By sending his son He showed his love for the world he had created and for us. God chose to come down from heaven to meet us where we are – in the midst of our humanity and all our mess.

    As you hear and read the Christmas story take a minute to see it from the different perspectives of all the familiar characters. Consider the mix of excitement, anticipation, expectation and fear – Fear for what it meant for the future of the baby, those who aligned themselves to him and believed him to be the son of God before he uttered a word.They surely couldn’t have known how huge an impact Jesus would have in his lifetime and far beyond.

    Jesus came to us so we could learn more about God our Father by seeing him through his son’s actions, words and teachings.Without the birth of Christ there is no Christmas to celebrate. Without that baby growing and living among us, gaining followers and showing God’s love to all humanity there would be no Christianity. The power and wonder of that event (recognised by many non-religious writers in the early A.D. centuries as well as the Bible’s writers) has shaped our world and been the building block for other steps.

    Our reactions to the birth of Jesus may not be as extreme as those who lived through the events so many years ago but, as we rush around trying to make that “perfect” Christmas with all its trimmings, presents and social “must” events, we should take time to be wrapped in the knowledge that God sent his son to earth to help us to be who we really should be. What a present to savour and to share!

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas – Stephanie Goodwin

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  • Weekly Newsletter 01 December 2019

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  • Exploring faith the multi sensory way

    Exploring faith the multi sensory way

    28 Nov 2019 • Articles

    Exploring faith the multi sensory way

    Origami doves, making and trying out mocktail recipes, playing Jenga. In the Uttoxeter Area in November we ran another of our creative faith half days. This time it was on the Beatitudes. We use activities as a basis for discussing deep questions of faith and those who come, love exploring and deepening their faith this way.

    The afternoon was based on material from the Church of England Pilgrim Course: The Beatitudes. Usually each session in the main booklet is matched to an activity and the session material used to stimulate discussion. Our newest afternoon and earlier ones have been a great way for people around our multi church Area of Parishes to come together to explore their Christian faith and socialise.

    After a bring-and-share lunch, our half day always starts with worship and prayer to focus our selves on God and always ends with prayer.

    This time we started as one large group and used relaxation techniques to explore 'Living with Openness to God'. Then we split into smaller groups to take part in a rotation of activities - making origami doves - 'Peacemaking'; playing Jenga - 'Foundations'; making up mocktails - 'Thirsting for What is Right'; and making suncatchers - 'Living Transparently'. We ended back all together to look at 'Living as Citizens of God's Kingdom'.

    We have previously also used the Pilgrim material booklet on The Creeds - we painted and sketched, used playdough, made jewellery, had a go at creative writing to explore ideas relating to God, Father, Son and Spirit. We also had a go at writing our own creeds.

    Last year we used the same technique to explore the story of Jesus calming the storm on Lake Galilee. For this half day we had chocolate dipping, making cargo boxes, creative writing, marbling and collage all based around a junk model boat to represent our journey with God.

    Alison Hunt one of the main organisers explained -

    "This is a multi sensory approach to explore our faith. It is a fusion between a bible study group and Messy Church. Activities are adult focused and deep issues and personal experiences are discussed.

    Adults enjoy trying new things, making, doing as well as listening and talking as much as children do. And there are tangible reminders of the day.

    It appeals across the generations and many of our most enthusiastic advocates have been in their seventies. They enjoy the approach and are excited by the new ideas. An integral part of things, the lunch, and tea and cake are much enjoyed too!".

    Timing can be difficult as the sessions are adult only at present and not suitable for children given the personal discussions.The format would be suitable though for ages 14 plus - the discussion and eating age!

    If you would like more information on adapting materials and looking at a multi sensory approach to exploring faith please contact Alison Hunt at uttoxeterareaparish@outlook.com

    Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey - materials are available from www.pilgrimcourse.org

    Alison Hunt

    November 2019

    Comments from participants - Beatitudes

    'This afternoon was a really thought provoking time for me - along with enjoying getting to know friends.'

    'Thanks so much for this afternoon. It was really enjoyable.

    'Delighted to have a souvenir to remember it by.'

    'Enjoyed having my mind stretched.'

    'Creative arts and great conversations.'

    Comments from participants - The Creeds

    'It was most enjoyable.'

    'Good for us all to get together and talk about things that mean a lot'

    'Sometimes we say it without really thinking about it …'

    'I met people I didn't know at all. Very good.'

    'The Trinity is a swiss roll. I like that.'

    'Did we agree? No! The only thing we agreed upon is that we are all different!'

    'When's the next one?'

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  • Advent and Christmas

    24 Nov 2019 • Articles

    A seasonal article by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Weekly Newsletter 24 November 2019

    21 Nov 2019 • Weekly Newsletter
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