Dear Visitor, welcome to your October issue of Rock News.
BRIDGFORD SUNDAYS: A massive first for The Rock took place this month, the wedding of Shaun and Lena at a Sunday evening service. It was a brilliant evening with lots of Shaun and Lena's friends packed into The Hub. Several members of the church family helped out to make the day extra special doing flowers, taking pictures, making cakes and lots more. The rest of the month saw Effie Newton being honoured as she celebrates her 90th birthday. It was also great to welcome back our interns after their summer break Arnold, Lydia and Saffron all return for another year and are joined by Barney Hooper who will be running the youth alongside Lydia.
COTGRAVE SUNDAYS: It was great to be back at Candleby Lane this month after the summer services together. Ali, Roger and Kerrie all preached messages that were insightful and challenging. Phil Williams led the church into a time of communion and Paul Sharpe shared about the Cotgrave community.
EGM: On the 6th September we had an Extraordinary General Meeting where it was announced that we are merging our morning and evening congregations at The Hub. The combined outcome will be 'The Rock Church - West Bridgford' holding its services at 10.30am each week. Members are encouraged to respond by the end of the month at which point an official announcement will be made. In the meantime we have set out as we mean to go on and have kept the combined services running from our Summer programme.
LITTLE ROCKETS: Back after the summer break, the toddler groups on Monday and Thursday mornings have seen numbers increase over the last few weeks as they contiune to have new members attend and build relationships with the families.
NEWCOMERS MEAL: 9 people attended the newcomers meal cooked by Sarah Flatman. After food the group heard from Ali and Kate about the vision of the church, ministries, The Rock journey and lots more.
STRETCH CONFERENCE: The women came together for their annual conference the theme for the day being 'Stretch'. Kate Kent and Kerrie Robb both preached some brilliant messages that left the women challenged, impacted and stretched. The ladies heard about Hope For Justice a charity that works to help end slavery, a representative for the charity talked about the work they do and shared the heartbreaking facts about slavery that goes on. You can find out more about them here. Rebecca Foster got a well deserved honouring, the ladies heard about a new creative way of getting into the word through Bible journaling before ending the day with a phenomenal evening of worship, prayer and ministry.
Last month in pictures
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CEO SLEEPOUT: One of our church members Rob Brown is sleeping outside overnight at Notts County on the 5th October for the CEO Sleepout. This fundraising event will see buisness leaders from across the UK give up their bed to help those who don't have one. Rob's raising money for The Friary, a charity that works locally to end homelessness. You can find out more about what Rob's doing and how to donate by clicking on this link to his JustGiving page. Well done Rob, truly epic!
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