I must confess that I am an avid reader of church magazines in this area and beyond. I look forward to receiving postal copies from friends who send them to me on a regular basis. Additionally if I am visiting a church and a magazine is available I make a point of buying one. A church magazine not only reveals the spiritual side of church life but in many cases the social side of the structure.
Since the opening of the Parish Centre a few years ago, stronger links have been forged between St. Barnabas Church and the community. The premises are used on most days of the week and the activities span the age spectrum from the very young to senior citizens. There are groups, which promote learning about faith in a variety of different ways. Arts and crafts take place on a weekly basis and monthly meetings are arranged for those who have been bereaved, and those who seek a quiet time in the hurly burly of life. Fellowship for older people is held twice monthly, one gathering of which includes a simple lunch.
Many churches are finding new ways to promote the Gospel message and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to build on the framework of the church and community being entwined in a meaningful way. We are custodians and stewards of what has been bestowed upon us relating to furthering the church/community link and another manifestation of this remit is the annual fish and chip supper when fun, food and fellowship are much in evidence.