To celebrate another year of God’s goodness to us as a church, on 28 October we gathered all three All Saints congregations together for an All Saints Day festival.
We started off with an all-age church service where the capacity crowd lifted the roof in singing God’s praises, led by a specially-formed multi-congregational band. A video recap reminded us of some highlights of the last 12 months and a few church members shared their own stories of how All Saints has blessed them. We gave thanks to God in prayer, led by members young and old. We did some all-age Bible study on Psalm 100, with kids and adults discussing together and collaborating on a craft activity reminding us that we are God’s people, the sheep of his pasture. Paul Sampson spoke on James chapters 3-4 with its exhortation to use our tongues wisely, and we began to consider how we will invest in All Saints in 2019 with our time, our relationships, our skills and our finances.
After the service the celebrations continued with morning tea and lunch together, along with fun for all ages including jumping castle, face painting, three-legged race and a game of catch-the-water-balloon that didn’t quite descend into chaos.
All Saints Day was an occasion when God’s generosity to us was mirrored in the way so many volunteers contributed to the occasion by preparing craft, speaking up the front, rehearsing music, catering lunch, organising games, painting faces and much more. We look forward to God’s blessing on another year of church life in 2019.