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Come and See Week 21-28 September

Come and See Diary 21-28 September 2008

Come and See Lifts Spirits in Cambridge

Spirits lifted at Westcott House College Council meeting when, after a somewhat gloomy agenda, trainee vicar Tim Hayward told them all about the Come and See week 21-28 Sept, in the Halstead area churches.

The council, made up of college dignitaries and two Bishops said it made their day to hear of such a well organised and enthusiastic team mission which had such a profound effect on both the Trainee Vicars, the church members who were involved and on the individuals who took a small step towards understanding more about the love of God through Jesus.

Come and See Review Team

On Saturday 8th November a party of team clergy and parishioners visited Westcott House for debrief on the Come and See week. Greeted by Michael Beasley and most of the visiting trainee vicar team, we looked at a presentation of photos of the events, discussed the impact of the week, what effect it had on us and how things may have changed in our parishes.

Later during Bible study, we thought about the mission from the perspective of the Bible, looking at Paul in Athens (Acts 17 16-34). In groups we discussed various questions including looking at the implications of this passage for mission in the Halstead team.

After Eucharist and a plentiful lunch we re-grouped to discuss the way forward from now, and enjoyed a ‘Blue Sky’ look at how the Halstead Team Churches might look in 2018. Importantly we all came away with one action point we must put in place in the next 6 months.

The day ended with breaking news of ‘Come and See week – the sequel’ to be held 20-27 September 2009, so please put those dates in your diary and why not make your 6 month action point to get involved in the planning? There are plenty of jobs for all in the 2018 vision!

28 Sept - Pets Service in the Sun!

A good turn out on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon to the White Colne Village hall for the Pet and Harvest service. The service took place outside which seemed most appropriate as even a horse had joined the congregation, along with many dogs and cats. A collection was taken for Send a Cow Charity.
Send a Cow charity
Becca Harkness

27 Sept - Hastead Has Talent!

Great fun and suspense had by all, as a variety of acts displayed great talent from a mixed age group at the Halstead's Got Talent contest on Saturday 27th at Holy Trinity School hall in Halstead.

Ten acts took part with the Naatja East Dance Group, Indian dancers' winning the under 16 section and Becca Harkness, pianist and singer winning the over 16s section. Included in the contest were two of the trainee vicars, Mike Rose and Tim Hayward in a comedy pairing as Sarah and Tobias.

27 Sept - Funky Food Cafe

Delicious mid morning drinks, cakes, soup and lunches at 'credit crunch' prices were the treat for visitors to the Funky Food Cafe which ran from 10am-1pm today at the St Andrew's Centre, Halstead with proceeds going to the Send a Cow charity.

Served by members of the youth group, named CRUSH, (as they all cram in one room and so it's often a crush!) visitors enjoyed lots of great service and good companions with several trainee vicars and clergy ready to talk and listen.

Over the road in St Andrew's Church we had the opportunity to take the Prayer Labyrinth which was enjoyed earlier in the week by Year 9 pupils at Ramsey College.

Jonathan Elcock points out angels
Greenstead Green Evening Meal

26 Sept - Greenstead Green Evening Meal

'Delicious food, great company, interesting conversation and a good time had by all' sums up the meal held at Greenstead Green Village Hall last night. The event was a sell-out so almost 60 people attended the supper.

During the evening two of the trainee vicars were invited to tell of their personal journey to being a Christian which inspired others to talk, listen and learn from others. Everyone enjoyed seeing the rolling slide show of the photos from the Come and See week.

26 Sept - Coffee Stall on Halstead Market

On this lovely bright September morning, the Westcott House team were up early with the market traders, to set up a coffee and tea stall at Halstead Market for morning shoppers.


Coffee on the High Street
Westcott House talk to Halstead shoppers

Shoppers and traders up and down the High Street had the opportunity to chat to the Trainee Vicars, wearing their distinctive T shirts.

All this coincided with a good report in the Halstead Gazette with photos of Sunday's Jeaux Sans Frontiers at Gosfield and the Angel project with Earls Colne Schoolchildren.

25 Sept - Life Stories at the Lion

We rarely hear what has made people Christians and it was a great priviledge to hear some very personal stories first hand. This encouraged us all to sit and discuss our own stories which helps to re-discover their strength and provides great encouragement for others.

Stories at the Lion
Michael Beasley talking to the crowd

Interestingly, although some people have very strong 'aestheist to ordinand type' experiences, for many of us there the route has been less dramatic.

Perhaps the Mission Prayer best describes the evening.

Father help us:
To know ourselves better,
To know each other better,
To know you better,
To grow together as a family.

Thank you to Janine at the Lion for letting us run this event in her pub and we are only sorry that she could not be with us.

23 Sept - 'Hard Questions' fills the Bells

We hear reports of a very worthwhile and enjoyable evening last night at the 5 Bells with a good crowd of all ages. The sausage and mash was a great hit at this men only event, especially as it was available in huge quantities! Well fed, attendees enjoyed the informality of the evening to meet meet and talk to old friends whilst discussing some fundamental questions with the clergy and trainee vicars who joined groups at their tables.

There are plans to meet again in January.

Mike Rose and Jonathan Elcock ready for Hard Questions
Singing in the pub

22 Sept - Rowdy Hymn Singing at the Dog!

The pub was packed, all joining in the hymn singing accompanied by David on keyboard and Geoff's guitar. The hymn choices were varied and not always to the liking of everyone! Everyone joined in and voices were increasingly hoarse by the end of the evening.

Thanks to landlady Rachel for her hospitality and sandwiches. This was a great way to round off a busy day for the ordinands who had been in several of the team area schools.

Through the window of the Dog
Fun and Games at Gosfield

21 Sept - Fun and games at St Margaret's School, Gosfield!

Throw the wellie, beat the goalie, table football and many more games to test physical skills and keep groups of families and friends busy and laughing. But that was not all - there were mental games such as piecing together George the skeleton, quizzes, packaging competitions and more...

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon in full sunshine and lots of opportunity to meet others and chat over a cup of tea. Songs of Praise included all the most voted hymns and worship songs voted during the afternoon and was followed by a welcome barbeque. A very good start to the public activities in our Come and See week.

21 Sept - Live on BBC Essex

BBC Essex's Andrew Merchant interviews Trainee Vicars, Tim, Mike and Jenny on Sunday 21st September at 8.45am live for the Ian Wyatt show.

BBC Essex live interview
The Trainee Vicars arrive
Viv, Tim, Jonathan, Michael, Mike, John, Jenny, James

Sept 20 - They've arrived!

The trainee vicar's have arrived - the week starts here! There are a few more to arrive during the early part of the week so you may meet some wh oare not yet captured on camera! The trainees are pictured here with Michael Beasley, Vice Principal of Westcott House and some members of the Halstead Area Clergy team