Thursday, 28 October 2010

Hand in Hand at St Peter’s Church, Newdigate


Members of Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand, having celebrated Mass with Bishop Kieran at the Annual Fiesta at St Joseph’s, Cranleigh earlier in the year, were invited by RevAndrew Coe to participate in the Family Holy Anglican Communion Service at St Peter’s Church, Newdigate on Sunday, 19th September.

It was a beautiful service in a wonderful old church, which was originally built in the 11th century, with a bell tower added in the 13th century. The service started with a peel of bells and continued in a very reverend and inclusive manner. Before the confession, the Hand in Hand group took the lead in ‘God gave us hands, Hands to create, Hands to love….’. Then after the Creed they prayed using a dance movement to ‘Lay Your Hands Gently Upon Us’. Our final contribution, just before the blessing, was signing (not singing!) ‘The Peace of God I Leave You’, a beautiful hymn written by Bernadette Farrell.

The congregation was very welcoming and appreciative, and thanked us warmly for taking part in their service. After a welcome mug of tea in the church, we were then invited across the road to a sumptuous shared meal in the garden of a converted barn. A good time was had by all.

Hand in Hand is a group, some of whom have learning difficulties, which aims to discover Christ’s presence in and among us, and then bring this to others in a prayerful way, using all types of drama and movement. If anybody is interested in joining Hand in Hand, Contact Denise Adamson 01444 243361 or Email daadamson@btopenworld.com.

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