Wednesday 30 July 2014

12-13 July 2014 Worship Works in St Austell

Roger on his new keyboard!
Less than a week after the visit to Hull, Roger, Helen, Marilyn, Wendy and Bob travelled down to St Austell for a Worship Works weekend.  Mount Charles Methodist Church had invited us, and they were very excited about the weekend, and as a result, the day on Saturday was well attended with people from the church as well as visitors from beyond.  It was lovely to see so many familiar faces in the group, including a number who have regularly attended our music weeks at Treloyhan Manor or Sidholme.  Helen was also delighted to be able to catch up with a couple she had known 25 years ago.

The congregation learning a new song
Mount Charles Methodist has put on a different musical at Easter every year since the 1980s (not always one of Roger's of course), and this is what led to the invitation to share with them on worship.  Topics such as 'The Worship Seeker', 'Praise and Sunday Morning', 'Repertoire' and 'Enter his gates' were covered on the Saturday.  One of the highlights of the Saturday was the ministry time at the end of the first session, where a couple of words of knowledge were shared and claimed.  There were also some great conversations throughout the day.

Marilyn, Wendy and James 
On Saturday evening Bob left for home, and the team was joined by James in time for a lovely dinner in Charlestown.  On Sunday the team led the morning service, and Roger spoke on Jesus' baptism.  It was a lovely morning, and included an unusual item as one of the members of the congregation was celebrating his 70th birthday, and two of his grandsons who are choristers at King's College Cambridge came to sing.  Accompanied by Roger (who was terrified) they sang Panis Angelicus and Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu.

The team was looked after amazingly well all weekend by our hosts as well as the church leadership team, and Helen and James were given a lovely send-off for their holiday!
Learning a new song on Sunday morning

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