Summer solstice – the longest day. A time to get outside and celebrate God’s abundant creation.
So that is what we did today, we had a work morning and barbeque. Because of the beautiful weather we spent nearly all of the time out in the church and vicarage gardens, cutting the abundantly growing grass, planting more fruit trees, tidying the memorial garden, clearing the access route to the new gate into the garden and cleaning the patio area.
Many visitors dropped in to say hello and inspect the garden and it was great to have visitors from the meditation group and a couple from Norfolk who studied here in Leeds back in the 1960s.
The barbeque helped to refuel us and we are very pleased with the progress we have made. The garden is beginning to look fantastic and fruitful with apples, strawberries, peas and rosehips (eventually!) There is a long way to go, loads still to be done but progress is being made and the garden shows that even with poor stony soil it is possible to grow food. If only we shared God’s abundance more equally I am sure there would be enough to go round!
My apologies for the lack of photos this time, we were so busy I forgot to take many!
I don’t know about everyone else but I’m shattered! I thought we were going to have a work morning but it felt more like a work day and some people were so keen they wouldn’t go home!
It was a brilliant day and a big thank you to all who came and took part. The main church looks wonderfully polished, clean and tidy (special thanks to Florence), the children’s room looks amazing, a load of unwanted “stuff” has been removed, reduced or recycled, the Memorial Garden looks better than it has done for a while, and the new mower has been well and truly tested by several people. Loads of other jobs were done and we even found the controls for the water feature. Bacon “sarnies”, mushrooms and flapjack along with a gallon or two of tea helped us along.
The requests for more work mornings has been heard and as soon as I have recovered from this one I will book a date for the next.
My apologies for the shortage of photos this time, I think we were too busy working!
Spring is on its way. Honest! One thing we can be certain of is that God has established the seasons and Spring follows Winter. It’s just that we don’t know if it will be a good one or a poor one!
Anyway, Spring makes some people think of spring cleaning, and that’s partly where the next work morning at church comes in. Inside and out there are lots of little and big jobs to do in order to keep the church looking good and fit for purpose. There will be some very important jobs like tidying the memorial garden, some more mundane jobs like cleaning windows, some rubbish to go to the tip if anyone is willing, and some daredevil jobs like changing lightbulbs!
Church will be open from 8:30 am, arrive any time you like. All are welcome, adults and children, humans and dogs! And any offers to do a breakfast or lunch or BBQ would be welcome! Any questions, ask Paul.
Oh, and don’t forget your marigolds! Or gardening gloves!
Lots of love
Sometimes I am amazed at how much work we can get done when we put our minds to it and someone dangles a carrot (or a bean stew) in front of us! Our plan for this work morning was to clean the cooker hood which needs an annual degrease, polish and shine. This was duly accomplished with lots of elbow grease from Steve and Di and passed inspection from Sonja. You may have to wear sunglasses when you visit the kitchen if all the lights are switched on!
Several other jobs were finished as well including:
- a TV and DVD player have been installed in the meeting room and the TV will be able to connect up to a computer if required;
- the old sign at the front of the church has been taken down and a Rowan tree (mountain ash) has been planted in its place;
- the gents toilet has a new toilet seat!
- some of the windows now look so clean it looks like there’s no glass (well done Nick and Jan!)
- some pallets for making compost bins were delivered and moved into the back garden (thanks Richard!)
- Jan and Di cleared and tidied the vestry, the cleaning cupboard, the safe, …… If you can’t find anything now, ask Jan!
We finished our morning’s work with a shared meal including a bean stew made by Steve. I think we must have a look at Steve’s job description again!
Thanks to everyone who took part, and those of you who would have been there but for circumstances – we remembered you as we worked.
And now a chance for everyone to take part in a caption competition – what captions would you add to these photos?
I arrived at church this morning just in time to “capture” the sunrise in the church windows and I thought how wonderful it would be to be able to remove the grills one day soon and “free” the reflection of the sun!
We weren’t expecting many workers to day but we managed to achieve quite a bit. The windows at the front of the cafe and office were sanded down and under-coated by Richard (except we ran out of paint!) Sonia and Iris made some progress in the kitchen closely supervised by Danny!
The garden has not had the attention it should have done over the last few weeks with Tony and Joanne moving away – they are greatly missed – but I managed to get the posts and wires set up along the fence at the top of the wall. We will be growing some plants up the posts and wires to provide some protection from the wind and to help make the fence more secure and safe.
Despite a bit of neglect the peas and beans have done very well and I was able to pick half a washing bowl full. The rose-hips look fantastic – perhaps someone might like to make some rose-hip syrrup (or wine!) and the apple trees have done very well, especially the “Bloody Ploughman”.
So, another productive work morning. Here’s to the next one!
A huge thank you to the “work crew” who helped to achieve so much on Saturday morning. Loads of jobs were done including:
- The memorial garden looks amazing mainly due, I think, to “Farmer” Dave with a little help from his parents and sister!
- Pippa, fresh back from Australia and Holyrood house, attacked the bush with vigour – it looks like there is now room to park extra cars!
- Repairs to the window grill
- Cleaning the weeds from the paving slabs at the front and of the church (Burj et al)
- Litter picking (“Farmer” Dave got quite good at using the litter picker tongs)
- Grass cutting
- Church cleaning (thank you Catherine)
- Bid writing (Jan and Rachel)
- Gardening and child minding (Tony and Joanne)
- and lots of other jobs and people – I didn’t keep an eye on everyone so I can’t record you all!
We also had plenty of time to chat and had a great barbeque with a brief but welcome appearance from Rev Steve over the fence – we wish him a speedy recovery.
So, apologies if I missed your name or the job you did from the list. You are an amazing lot and I hope you enjoyed the morning.
Our next work morning at church is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 8am. There are lots of small and big jobs for us to get on with – cleaning, painting, tidying, gardening, chatting, planning, eating and drinking, etc.
We plan to have a barbeque at lunch time and Burj has offered to help organise this. He is already talking about marinading things so it should be excellent! The barbeque will be open to anyone, you don’t have to have helped out in the morning but contributions towards the barbeque would be welcome.
So dig out those work clothes, dusters, brushes and trowels and come and join us for a fun morning and a lunchtime feast!
A huge thanks to everyone who came and helped at the work morning last Saturday, especially to those who had a late night at the Friday gig and managed to crawl out of bed for Saturday morning. I didn’t feel like I was firing on all four cyclinders but the cooked breakfast provided by Rev Steve helped fuel a flurry of work. We managed to do some more tidying and clearing out of “stuff” for recycling. It’s amazing what you find when you start to de-clutter. The exciting find for this month was a load of banners that church groups have made over the years. Chris S kindly photographed them and so I have included them in the next few posts in the hope that people “out there” might add their memories to how they came about and were used. There must be some great stories out there so do please share them with us!
Sorry for all the confusion but we can now confirm that we are planning another work morning on Saturday 2nd February starting at 8am or as soon after as you want to join us, we will be having a cooked breakfast together about 9am.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down but the cold weather hasn’t gone so one of the jobs we are planning is to track down the major drafts and see if we can deal with them. We still have the window grills to finish and there are lots of minor repair jobs to do. Steve is aiming to try and tidy the vestry. And if anyone fancies polishing the piano ……!
So, as always, if you would like to join us for an action packed morning full of fun and new discoveries, join us then. If you plan to come it would be appreciated if you could let us know (Steve, Jan or myself) then we can make sure there is enough food! Children and adults welcome.
Ooops, it appears that we are double booked and the church is being used for a recording session so we won’t be able to do any work that morning! Sorry! Watch this space for a new date.
We are planning another work morning on Saturday 19th January starting at 8am or as soon after as you want to join us. Hopefully we will have breakfast together about 9am.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down but the cold weather hasn’t gone so one of the jobs we are planning is to track down the major drafts and see if we can deal with them. We still have the window grills to finish and there are lots of minor repair jobs to do. If Steve is available we also aim to try and tidy the vestry. And if anyone fancies polishing the piano ……!
So, as always, if you would like to join us for an action packed morning full of fun and new discoveries, join us then. If you plan to come it would be appreciated if you could let us know (Steve, or myself) then we can make sure there is enough food! Children and adults welcome.