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Church Family Weekend - September 2017
 

For the last few years, a large number of people from the Wesley Place Church Family have got together for a weekend retreat in a nearby locality. This year we met at Thornleigh Hotel in Grange-over-Sands.

The weekend away gives us time to meet together in less formal surroundings, enjoy meals together, and have times of fellowship with one another. The weekend has a theme which is examined in depth, in presentations, discussion groups and workshops. The theme this year was "Will You Come and Follow Me," in which we looked at the verses of the well known hymn, to understand how it challenges us to live the kind of life God would have us live...

A time to relax after our journey, to enjoy the food, and to get to know our new minister, Rev'd Rob Hilton, and his family.

The weekend was led by Rev'd Jo Rand, minister of Grange-over-Sands Methodist Church, and her husband Paul.

We explored the meaning of names, had to find others with the same name as ourselves, and then examined why Jesus calls us as named individuals to follow Him.

In our group sessions, we looked at the risks we must take if we decide to  "leave yourself behind", and looked at how others outside the Church see us. In other workshops, we learned new songs, helped to design a church that might attract others, and explored what is the hidden "you" that you hide and which might prevent our light shining out in the world.

A valued part of our Church weekend is our sharing together in an entertainment on the Saturday evening, with songs, recitations, games, and having fun together as a Church family

On the Sunday morning, we shared an act of communion while seeing what it means to "grow in You and You in me".

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