We’ve had some variety in our services in June.
First, the Pet Service at 2.30pm Sunday 8 June. There were about 60 there (including the pets). Everybody seemed to have a good time. We were not quite up to Vicar of Dibley standard, but remember they had all the resources of the BBC at their disposal.
We sang a few songs. Perhaps “If I were a butterfly I’d thank you Lord for giving me wings” is not your favourite, but it’s very popular with the children.
There was a talk-cum-discussion in which people were asked to think about what we could learn from their pets. Some people thought that they could learn about love and loyalty from their pets. Others thought that they could learn about caring for others through looking after their pets. All animals are worthy of respect – you can be a mongrel Moggie or a pampered Persian but you still count and you should walk tall! Amy and Henry Richardson led the prayers.
Secondly, in the evening of 8 June we had the Sandbach Young Farmers Chairman’s Service. There was something rather solid and noble about this. All farmers – young or old – have one great privilege: even with mechanisation and commercialisation they live close to nature and the rhythms of the seasons and so have a window on God’s Creation. The theme of the talk was that all of us must neither cling to the past nor go with the crowd, but rather pursue the course of Wisdom.
Thirdly, Sunday 22 June was a Songs of Praise service. If you love hymns and hymn-singing, and if you are moved by the words and music of hymns, you had a treat.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer!