Ongar Town Festival
Don’t forget the Festival on Sunday 5th May. We are number 9 on the programme map, serving refreshments in the Church garden after the service and we will have a stall in the Library Car Park where we will be alongside the History Society stall. This will give us an opportunity to explain to visitors about our association in the new Museum to be created in the Taylor Gallery and perhaps raise some more funds for the hall modernisation!
Cakes will be welcome for the refreshments and soft toys for the Tombola stall. All donations will be very welcome and help on the day also will be much appreciated.
Building for the Future
The builders have got off to a very good start with the removal of the old floor and stairs. As with any building project there will be inconveniences along the way but we should remember what we are working towards. During the clear out I’ve been reading some of the old Church records and it’s apparent that our forebears had similar challenges when building our present halls and thanks to their vision, generations have made good use of the building. Let’s hope, in 100 years’ time, our descendants will still be witnessing to the town and embracing our community in the same way.
I want to pay tribute to Brenda without whom this project would never have got off the ground. I don’t think we are all aware just how hard she has and is still working on behalf of our Church. As well as a full-time job and busy family life, and her role as Treasurer and Elder she spends hours and hours researching, negotiating and liaising on our behalf. This includes many days and nights physically working on practical solutions to get things moving and make economies. Her husband Ken should also be thanked for his support to Brenda and to our Church. For many decades he has been quietly helping in the background, on maintenance of the Church and halls and attending to setting the time on our heating to ensure user groups have a warm building to meet in.
Coffee Mornings continue on a smaller scale on the last Saturday of the month. This month on 25th May. Please remind your friends to come and visit us and cakes to sell are always welcome. At the April coffee morning we raised £140.
COME AND LET YOURSELVES BE BUILT AS
LIVING STONES INTO A SPIRITUAL TEMPLE
1 Peter Ch.2 v5 (New English Bible)