Having spent a frantic few weeks fundraising, the staff and pupils at Corpus Christi High School presented us with 20 Rucksacks all full of underwear, socks, sleeping bags, chocolate, t-shirts, shower gel and a New Testament. They also had a few items spare! We were blown away by their efforts and generosity especially in such a short space of time. The people who attend our Wednesday Drop-In were delighted to receive such a useful gift for Christmas and were so touched by the love and care that was demonstrated to them. If you would like to be involved in a similar project in the future then please get in touch.
Our Advent Series exploring the Canticles at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel was a great success. We had four very different speakers who each inspired us with their teaching, testimony and deep faith. (More info here) Each of the canticles sung by Zechariah, John the Baptist, Mary and Simeon respectively teach us so much about the nature of God and how He is constantly working for the good of each one of us. The talks were all well attended and we were all well-prepared for a deeper encounter with Christ at Christmas.
In June we were honoured to host Rise Theatre who spent an evening sharing some of their sketches with us here at St Wilfrid’s.
The theme for the evening was ‘Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows’ (Matt 10:31) and we explored this through prayer, music, talks, testimony and of course short pieces of drama from Rise Theatre. Anyone who had never encountered Rise Theatre before was suitably impressed and surprised at their professionalism, creativity and ability to move and inspire.
In the past Rise Theatre have performed two full-length plays here in Preston which have both been extremely well received. You may remember ‘Soldier to Saint’ – the life story of Saint Alban brought to life in the gritty world of London 2030 where religious expression has been made illegal, and ‘White Rabbit’ – the magical tale of two world weary adults who discover what it means to dream and believe again.
We are very excited to announce that Rise Theatre are coming back to Preston this autumn with their brand new play which they will be performing right here in St Wilfrid’s Church! ‘Romero: Heartbeat of El Salvador’ looks at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice.
This is a brilliant opportunity to see this professional, Christian theatre company who have performed around the world right here on our doorstep. It promises to be an informative, enjoyable and inspiring evening so don’t miss out! Tickets are available from the Bookshop or from Joe and Ruth White of Metanoia Project 07957 566741. We hope you can join us!
The Seekers Group all had a wonderful evening of fun and games and lots of food to celebrate all we have been doing together over the past year. It was lovely that Fr Andrew was able to join us for a while too. Thanks so much to all the volunteers who make the group possible and we wish everyone a happy and fruitful summer. We look forward to seeing you all again in September!