Over the past two years many people have followed the Elm Ridge Prayer Trail (based on the Lord's Prayer) around the grounds. This has now been renewed and refreshed and a new Prayer Trail will be unveiled on Sunday 11th August.
The Apostle Paul wrote letters of encouragement to the early Christian Church, and in his letter to the churches of Galatia, which is in modern-day Turkey, he listed the 'Fruits of the Spirit'. It is Paul's list that forms the basis of the new Prayer Trail.
Please feel free to call in at any time, pick up leaflet at the start of the Trail on the drive, and follow the directions around the grounds There are nine Prayer Stations, and it is suggested that as each Prayer Station is reached you pause for a while, take in your surroundings, and ponder upon the reflections provided, spending time with God.
'But the fruit of the Spirit is love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control' — Galatians 5:22-23.
During the Summer many of our weekly groups are taking a break, but the Craft Group, the Banner Group and the Active Life gentle exercise group on the 1st Saturday of each month are still running as normal. Do join us at our two Saturday coffee mornings on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month 10-11.30am.
We are taking the opportunity whilst the premises aren't too busy to re-paint our large kitchen and have our small car park re-surfaced.
If any Circuit Circular readers are avid book readers, you may like to make a note in your diaries of a Bumper Book Sale on Saturday 21st September from 10-1.30pm. There will be an amazing amount of books on sale, a cake stall and morning coffees. Bookings for Pie & Pea lunches are also invited.
Over the Summer so far we have enjoyed sharing a meal together with friends from St Thomas Aquinas and St Mark's Churches as part of our membership with Churches Together in North Darlington. This ecumenical group is also organising a coach trip to Hexham on Saturday 28th September.
Our Harvest services will be held on Sunday 18th September. The morning parade service at 10.30am is led by Mark McKnight, and by Peter King at 6pm. Once again, we are collecting dried foods and tins for the Basement project at Darlington Baptist Church for their soup plus sessions.
At Haughton on Friday 25th July the café supported a fund raising event for Rose McEwan, who is the daughter of Councillor Chris McEwan, Rose is Involved in a government V.S.O (Voluntary service overseas ) and will be spending three months in Kenya o promote Women's rights and gender equality.
Rose worked alongside us in the café for the entire morning, and the café donated the takings of the day. Also donation baskets were put around the café so the total amount raised was café £77.50 / baskets £149.73. We wish Rose every success.....
Our Chat and Craft group meets every other Thursday from 2-3.30pm, this is going from strength to strength and we average 12 to 14 people at each session — all are welcome to come along.