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Stalybridge Methodist Church Flower Festival 2015
‘Take my hands’
weekend of 5th – 7th September saw Stalybridge
hold its fourth Flower Festival. The theme for this year’s festival,
‘Take my hands’, was taken from the
famous hymn written by Miss Frances R Havergal, Take my life and let it
be. The line chosen from this hymn to reflect upon this was ‘Take my
hands, and let them move, at the impulse of thy love’.
This hymn has been an inspiration to many to think about offering
everything that they can do for the glory of God.
Nineteen flower displays arranged in the church depicted the theme. Through the various displays, we were able to reflect on the wide use of hands, though the displays were just a selection of the ways in which this can be achieved. They ranged from the hands of a carpenter to hands that make music and hands that care.
The many visitors to the festival commented on the high standard of the displays and were also able to enjoy the foyer displays, sample the refreshments from the café as well as browse and buy from various stalls.
Three services were held as part of festival worship: 9.30am early communion led by our Circuit Superintendent, Rev Julie Coates, 10.45am service led by Rev Alan Wickens of the Ashton under Lyne URC church and a 4.00pm Songs of Praise service led by our own minister, Rev Karen Hilsden.
A tremendous effort is required to stage an event such as this. We are grateful to everyone who was involved in preparations and also to all our visitors who came to share in the festival.
Our next Flower Festival will be held 2nd - 4th September 2016, when the theme will be ‘Give thanks’ based on the hymn by Henry Smith. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of the church on its present site. We look forward to seeing you then
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Church, Ashton- under- Lyne Circuit 2010
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