Televisions, computers and mobile devices have had a profound effect on the way we learn and acquire information. When I was a child, if I wanted to know something, Arthur Mee’s Encyclopaedia was a standard source of knowledge. Today, I consult Google!
This is also true of the church. Not so long ago, a worshipper would be given 2-3 books when entering the building. Now-a-days, hymns are projected on a screen along with videos about the charities we support.
Even the way we learn about Bible stories is changing. At one time, the Nativity play was a rare sortie into visual learning. Now, the visual possibilities are plentiful and varied. At All Saints, we’ve had theatre groups, magicians, clowns, and ventriloquists. Indeed, we tend to start the New Year with an entertaining visit from the Coverdale puppets.
However, even though the technology is modern, the idea of communicating Bible stories via visual means has a long history. When Jesus talks about camels or sheep or vines, he may have been standing next to them. Also, many theologians believe that the Gospel of John was written to be performed. And, of course, our church buildings (including All Saints!) have Bible stories all over them!
Never-the-less, even though technology changes, the message remains the same: God loves you! And you are always welcome to come and celebrate that message with us in 2015 at All Saints church.
May I wish you every blessing for the New Year!
A Happy & Blessed New Year to one and all!
Every January, at church, we treat ourselves to a visit from the Coverdale Puppets. The Coverdale puppet theatre is run by Ian & Elaine Coules from Kids-Inc Ministries in Liverpool. Their vision is to present Bible stories and Christian teaching in an exciting, fun and relevant way to both children and adults, using muppet style puppets. Ian says: “We then aim to stimulate these people to read the stories for themselves.”
Ian and Elaine’s vision is being fulfilled in several different sectors: in schools, in churches and through community projects. Every December, they put on hundreds of performances for school children across the North West, including an annual visit to Thelwall Junior School. In fact, I had the privilege of watching the Coverdale Puppets with the rest of the children when they visited school last month. The show was inspiring and hilarious at the same time!
I’m really pleased to announce that the Coverdales will be performing the same show at our Family Service on Sunday, 4th January at 10am. It’s really worth seeing, and you’ll receive a very warm welcome (from humans & puppets!). I’ll also have the pleasure of being able to wish you a Happy New Year in person.
We are trying to find contact details for the following deceased who are buried in All Saints churchyard. The monuments on these graves are unsafe and require attention. We have taken temporary measures to make these safe but if we are unable to contact relatives we will ask the Diocese of Chester for permission to lay these monuments flat.
Can you help us locate and contact relatives? If so please contact us.
Josephine Aimson d.1999
Olive Allington d.2000
Frederick Littler d.1982 and Ada Littler d.2002
Mary Capps d.1994 and Peter Edward Capps d.2001
Vera Goodall d.1993
Dorothy Constance Whitlow d.1991 and Herbert Whitlow d.1996
Gertrude Elaine Lucas d.1987
Mary Josephine Moon d.1985 and Joseph Edward Moon d.1985
Violet Harbourne d.1984 and Frank Harbourne d.1991
John Finch d.1970 and his wife Matilda d.1989
Jamest Hewitt d.1974 also Dora Hewitt d.1983 and son Geoffry Lawrence Hewitt d.1963
Dennis William Dunbabin d.1983 and wife Nancy Iris (Billie) d.1981
Cecil Arthur Bolton d.1981 and Bessie Bolton d.1986
Raymond Johnson d.1981
Fred Wood d.1982 and wife Mary Wood d.1991
Harry Walter d. 1935 and son Harry d.1943 and Jane d.1973
Frank William Reynolds d.1899 Lewis William Reynold d. 1907 and Edith Reynolds d.1907
Peter Rylands d.1887 and wife Caroline Wright Rylands d. 1920 and Louisa Caroline Yate (daughter) d.1920
William Houghton d.1885 and Elizabeth Houghton d.1897 and son died 1889
Louisa Houghton d.1889
Alice Maud Greenway died 1942, George Warburton d.1948, Gladys Greenway d.1986 and Philip Leslie Greenway died 1990