During September we have had a series of services thinking about the most essential part of our lives - love.
Sanctus 1 sported a Christian presence at the Mind Body Soul Exibition held at Central in Manchester on 10th/11th May. Our stand was prominent and different from other stands around us. What was also different was we weren't selling anything, just talking and sharing. We developed an amazing prayer wall over the weekend. We gave away blessing bracelets, crocheted hearts and love heart sweats.
We are privileged in that a lot of our community really look forward to meeting up for a full day together. Given we have two regular services, a large proportion of Sanctus 1 rarely see each other. This was our third annual away day and this time we met at St Agnes church in Reddish.
Guest speaker and Fresh Expressions researcher/theologian, Michael Moynagh, talked to us and with us over the course of a few sessions about the subject of mission. He brought some interesting perspectives and some much needed reassurance about what could be (and what might not be) considered mission.
We realised that actually a lot of us are already engaged in some form of mission, which is a good thing given one of the Sanctus 1 shared values is to be missional. It gave us lots to think about (as these away days often do) and I'm sure we will explore the subject further in upcoming services.
Last week Sanctus 1 had a social night revolving around games. It was great fun and there were plenty of games to choose from, both well known and obscure. No traditional games like Chess or Monopoly though - this went slightly off piste and properly into table top gaming land.
Everyone who came had a lot of fun, so it looks like this will be back. We'll keep you posted for news of the next gaming night and feel free to bring a friend with you.