Splash

It’s important to the churches in the Waltham Group, that we have a generous policy of baptism. God’s love runs ahead of us, and we want you to be able to celebrate new life whenever you want to, without putting hurdles in the way.

And yet — baptism is a big thing, and we also want to support you in your life of faith. So, once a month, we meet on a Saturday afternoon between 3 – 4 pm for Splash.

Splash is for parents, godparents, children and friends, who want to learn more about baptism.

If you can come to Splash once or twice before you or your child is baptised, it will help you feel more relaxed, and engage more deeply with what’s happening. Or, you can come after the fact — immediately after baptism, or when your child reaches toddler stage and begins asking questions, or any time at all that you want to explore what baptism means for you, for your children and for your godchildren.

Splash runs on a cycle throughout the year — each time is different, but the themes repeat so you can join in whenever it suits you.

Dates for Splash – Autumn 2017

16 Sept — Water & Promises. Chat & activities to help you get ready for baptism.
14 Oct — Friends for Life. Being a fabulous godparent.
16 Nov — Every Day Sacred. Creating family rituals to make good days better, and hard days more manageable.

The first Baptism at Splash will be in January.

Where do I begin?

What sort of God do you believe in?
What sort of God don’t you believe in?

This year, we’re offering a set of conversations for those who are exploring faith. The conversations will be open ended — a chance to explore together, and to learn about the Christian tradition without any pressure to believe specific things.

We begin on Tuesday, 12 September, and meet for 3 consecutive Tuesdays. You can come for one night, or for all three, and there will be another chance to join in in January. We meet at the rectory, around a dining room table. There will be coffee and cake.

Tuesday, 12 Sept — Sacred Stories (Scripture)
Tuesday, 19 Sept — A Gift of Time (Worship and Prayer)
Tuesday, 26 Sept — Life (How does faith connect?)

We gather at 7 pm for a 7.15 pm start at 95 High Street, Waltham. There is parking on the drive.

If you would like to talk with us before hand, do stop by on a Sunday and introduce yourself, or ring the rector, The Revd Kimberly Bohan on 01472 822172.

smAll Saints – every Sunday

Starting on the 10th of September, smAll Saints will meet every Sunday at 11.30 am.

Each month, we’ll start with a word that will hold our stories, crafts and prayers together. And once a month, we’ll celebrate by making waffles, and sharing stories about holy meals where God has drawn close to God’s people.

smAll Saints is always planned with mixed age groups in mind. We try to be accessible for our youngest members, while also making space for older people to deepen their awareness of God. Come on your own, or with friends or family. Young children should bring a grown-up. Older children may come on their own, so long as parents come along at first so we can all get to know each other. Single people and couples who are new to faith might also find this an easy place to start exploring what life with God is all about. Older people might find this an easy place to worship without having to sit still, or worry if there’s need to get up and walk out for a few minutes. It’s all very relaxed. Holiness emerges from the normal messiness of life.

On waffle days, we’ll ask each of our regular members to take a turn helping us prepare or clean us afterwards. If you like cooking and setting the table, and would like to help make our first waffle church special, then do get in touch. 

Here’s the plan for autumn, every Sunday at 11.30 am at All Saints, Waltham.

September — Begin

10 & 17 September — Story, Crafts, Songs & Prayer

24 September — Waffles & Stories

October — Share

1, 8, 15, 30 October — Story, Crafts, Songs & Prayer

22 October — Waffles & Stories

November — Time

5 & 19 November — Story, Crafts, Song & Prayer

12 November — no smAll Saints.
Please join us at the Cenotaph at 11 am for Remembrance,
followed by an All Age service in Church.

26 November — Waffles & Stories

December — Light 

3 December — Crafting Kindness.
This week, members of our other congregations
will join us to make gifts for those for whom Christmas is a hard time.

10 & 17 December — Story, Crafts, Song & Prayer

24 December — no smAll Saints.
Join us instead at 2 pm or 4 pm for the Christingle

31 December — Waffles & Stories to bring in the New Year

Summer Craft Project – Ps 104

You are invited to join in a Waltham Group Crafting Project.

This summer, we are praying with Ps 104, and making a collage together.

We’ll be making the collage at smAll Saints on Sunday, 20 August, with pictures prepared at home an in small groups throughout the summer.  If you would like to join in, either bring your Psalm Square (details below) on the 20th, or drop it into All Saints church before then.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a blank ‘Psalm Square’ in church, or make your own by cutting a piece of A4 card down into a square, and then again in quarters. The base unit for our collage is 1/4 of an A4 square.
  2. Gather your supplies: pens, paints, collage — whatever you like.
  3. Read the psalm a few times, slowly and prayerfully. Even better: have someone read it aloud to you, so that you can picture each verse as you listen.
  4. Watch for what ‘lights up’ for you,  makes you smile, or laugh or stirs your imagination.
  5. Choose one of the verses that you like, and start crafting. Feel free to include words, or just colours and pictures.

You can make as many squares as you like, and do invite your friends to join in.

The congregation from smAll Saints have already chosen their verses and are busy crafting birds, and sun & moon, and playful leviathan.

Psalm 104

Bless the Lord, O my Soul;
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness,
you are clothed with majesty and splendour.

You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak
and spread out the heavens like a curtain.

You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above;
you make clouds your chariot, and swoop on the wings of the wind.

You make the winds your messengers,
and flames of fire your servants.

You have set the earth upon its foundations,
so that it never shall move at any time.

You covered it with the deep as with a mantle;
the waters stood higher than the mountains.

At your rebuke they fled;
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.

They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath,
to the places appointed for them.

You set limits that they should not pass:
they shall not again cover the earth.

You send the springs into the valleys;
they flow between the mountains.

All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them,
and the wild asses quench their thirst.

Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
and sing among the branches.

You water the mountains from your dwelling on high,
the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.

You make grass to grow for flocks and herds
and plants to serve us all;

that they may bring forth food from the earth,
and wine to gladded our hearts,

oil to make cheerful countenance,
and bread to strengthen the heart.

The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,

in which the birds build their nests,
and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.

The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats,
and the stoney cliffs for the rock badgers.

You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows the time of its setting.

You make darkness that it may be might,
in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.

The lions roar after their prey
and seek their food from God.

The sun rises and they slip away
and lay themselves down under their dens.

The labourer goes forth to work
and to toil until the evening.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number,
creatures both small and great.

There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan,
which you made to sport with.

All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season.

You give it to them and they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good things.

You hide your face and they are terrified,
you take away your breath, and they die and return to dust.

You send forth your Spirit and they are created,
and so you renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever,
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

He looks at the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains an they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live,
I will praise my God while I have my being.

May these words of mine please him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Alleluia.

 

smAll Saints will meet at 11.30 am, Sunday 20 August at All Saints Waltham to make the collage. From 10 September, smAll Saints meets weekly at 11.30 am in Waltham.