Friendship club at Weston, Runcorn


undefinedA highlight of the week at St John's parish, Weston, Runcorn, is the Meet �n' Eat lunch each Wednesday. And after each lunch, Christ Church Friends stay on for social activities. The two popular activities have been both been going for ten years.

The Revd Vivien Gisby, Vicar, said: “The friendship afternoon is run by Doreen Thomas and Joan Davidson who organise something different every week. There might be an outside speaker or a game or a quiz. Sometimes there will be a DVD to watch. Then there is tea and biscuits and after that a short act of worship with a reading and a talk, a hymn and prayers.

“And the lunches are very popular. Many of those who attend are elderly, some are a little younger and our youngest attendee is aged just three! The tasty home-cooked food is prepared on the premises (Christ Church Hall) each Wednesday by Betty Clarke, Lyn Blackmore, Jackie Parr and their helpers.”

Vivien, who came to the parish a year ago, says she has been impressed by the strong fellowship found in both the Meet’n’Eat and Christ Church Friends.

She added: “There is always such a lot of fun and laughter over lunch and on into the afternoon. To finish off our time together with prayer and worship makes for the perfect ending. We regard it as a real privilege to serve the community in this way, and St John’s is blessed by having such dedicated, able and Godly volunteers.

“The Fresh Expressions movement, of course, has been gathering momentum in recent years with its messy churches and other alternative ways of ‘being church’. But here at St John’s we’ve been running what might be described as a fresh expression of church for many years in one of our church halls.”

Pictured above - Joan Davidson and Doreen Thomas leading a recent Christ Church Friends afternoon