This Friday we have a new group starting for children age 8-11 (school years 4-6). This exciting new group has come from an idea from some of our local school children and we can’t wait to get started. All children attending need to bring a parent to the first session to register them and complete a consent and contact form (you can send them away again once completed!) Sessions are £1 each, and there will be a tuck shop so bring some pennies to spend (no more than £1 please). There will be healthy bits available every club night too. For more information please contact us.
To mark the completion of the works to St Mary’s, we are planning a grand reopening ceremony and festival on the weekend of 14th-15th September. We hope to announce a special guest to reopen the church soon. Watch this space for more news as plans develop.
We are pleased to announce that following 4 months of work, the long anticipated reordering project at St Mary’s is complete. We have uncovered all sorts of challenges along the way, but it looks great now and we look forward to discovering ways of making the most of the new flexibility.
I’m writing this surrounded by boxes in my new house. It seems only a very short while ago that I first came to visit Berrow and Brean to see whether God might be calling me here for curacy. The warmth of welcome that greeted me then has only continued to grow – I was blessed by arriving to not only a spotlessly clean house but one with supplies of essentials (and goodies!), a beautiful hanging basket and greetings from neighbours. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to the welcome, either in time, finances or prayer. The generosity and kindness that has been shown to me, reminds me of the One who called me here in the first place, and who’s Spirit is alive and active.
This is not my first time living in the South-west; I am a Devonian by birth and lived the first four years of my life down in Torquay. It is a joy to me to return to my coastal roots and to once again be within a stone’s throw of the sea. My boyfriend Sam and I went for a wander over the golf course to the dunes yesterday evening (keeping an eye out for stray golf balls as we went!) and, as I was taking in the beauty around us, I noticed a footpath sign pointing toward the path and the sea beyond. Today, I am thanking God for the people whose welcome is pointing me to God’s goodness and the promise of all that is to come.
Rev Jo Barr
As many of you know, St Mary’s has been closed since 18th March for substantial reordering works which have been planned for over a decade. The works are to make the church building more accessible to everyone who would like to come in either to visit, to attend worship, or simply to find a place to rest.
Work is going well as we speak. The walls and ceiling have been given some fresh coats of limewash, the new ramp at the door has been installed. The floor platforms have been lifted, a new limecrete base has been laid, and the wood floor will start to be relaid on Monday 17th June. Repairs to the heating system, and electrical system are underway and should be completed in the next week or so. The frames to hold the casing for the heating pipes have been built in, and the casing will be installed in a few weeks time. The pews at the rear of the church have been adapted ready to go back in, and the new chairs ordered for the front section of the church have arrived ready to go in. The handrails for the ramp are currently being constructed and should be fitted soon.
The programme of works is running slightly behind schedule because of the length of time taken for the limecrete floor base to dry out to a point where the wood floor can be relaid. At the moment, we are planning for our first Sunday back at St Mary’s to be on 21st July, but more information will follow in due course as we get nearer that time. We will be planning something to celebrate our return and the future possibilities that lie ahead with a more flexible building. Watch this space, and thank you for your patience as the works have been carried out.