Praying, exploring, and sharing
Join in with Wild Church for Candlemas!
This Sunday, after doing a LFT, please bring along your own drinks (travel cups of coffee; water bottles); wrap up warm, and join us in the school field at 3.30pm. The perfect event to bring along friends and family to.
Join us burning the Christmas Greenery, planting snowdrops, and learning a traditional Candlemas Carol… followed by marshmallows on the embers of the campfire. It would really help to get an idea of numbers: read all about it then sign up via our website
Space to “be” on Wednesday Night
Join Beth at Church House at 8pm on Wednesday for just under an hour of contempory wisdom, silence, and the ancient poetic-prayers of Compline. Weather dependent we might be outside around a campfire, or in the lounge (windows ajar). Let her know if you are coming for more details - see more on facebook
Coming soon: plans up to Easter
Something particularly exciting about Pathfinder Church is the ecumenical backstory that continues to shape us. We’re the result of many years of prayer from local churches across different traditions, who continue to support and encourage us to grow as a church for this time and this place.
Our minister, Revd Dr Beth Cope, is an Anglican Priest, but those who are coming together to form Pathfinder Church come from all traditions and from none: together we are pilgrims on a journey, asking questions and exploring the connections we find between everyday life and our spirituality and faith.
In the run up to Easter this year, we are digging into our Methodist heritage, exploring the spiritual practices promoted by Charles Wesley… and trying them out for ourselves: praying, exploring and sharing. Why not come and find out more?
This term, we’re meeting in Pathfinder Primary School every Sunday (except school holidays) at 3.30pm.
On the last Sunday of the month, we head outside (weather permitting) to gather as Wild Church around the campfire.
And of course, we’ll be celebrating Easter itself with a week of special events in including a Palm Sunday Adventure Trail; Maundy Thursday Campfire Music Night, and Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, culminating with our now-traditional campfire communion (9am, Easter Sunday), Watch social media for more…
Before we advertise any wider… who’s around?
We know that many of us have family and friends spread out across the country. Northstowe often empties out during school holdiays! So before we comitt any further to our special events during Easter holdiays, we’d love to get a feel for who is likely to be able to come… and who might help ensure we run safely and well.
Please let us know your availability using this form. (Typical completion time 3 1/2 mins)
CHANGING SUNDAY GATHERING PATTERNS- a pause on current Breakfast plans, but more campfires.
One of the things we’ve always loved doing as a community is eating together. but right now, it’s really hard to make this happen safely without it becoming too heavy for our local team to run. So Church Council have decided to PAUSE the monthly breakfast until Easter, and then revisit how and when we reincorporate ways to eat together. We’d like to try a picnic communion in the Easter Holidays as the next step.
We don’t want to loose the spaces to get to know each other better through informal conversation. The safest place, right now, for that to happen, is outside. And the best way to meet outside in the winter is around a campfire, ideally armed with marshmallows.
So, after all the fun we had around campfires last term, we’ve going to keep on using the last Sunday of the month to have a more informal gathering with a nature-focus which we’re calling Wild Church.
This Term, covid-permitting, we plan to meet EVERY SUNDAY at 3.30pm, with the exception of our normal half-term break (this year on Feb 20th).
Check social media for details, but expect to be outside (weather permitting) on the last Sundays of the month). And don’t forget to LFT before coming, and bring a mask.
More immediate dates for your diary:
Half Term opportunities for all ages
13th Feb: Sunday Afternoon Gathering
Join us praying, exploring, and sharing as we gather for communion at the start of half term: 3.30-5pm, Pathfinder Primary School Hall.
12th & 13th Feb: Xcellr8 Weekend (Non-residential)
GenR8 who visit over 100 primary schools in the region have for many years run a weekend for children aged 8-11 (primary) called Xcellr8. There are still a few spaces to book into our 2022 weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February at Histon Baptist Church.
Whilst the weekend won’t be residential for this year, it still contains many of the elements of previous Xcellr8 weekends including wide game, swimming, team challenges, small groups, praise party, quiz and loads of fun!
The theme for 2022 is illumin8 with a focus on understanding Jesus as the light of the world, and the power that light can have in transforming our lives.
For booking forms contact Eliane Hamaia at firstname.lastname@example.org
18th – 20th Feb: Fort Rocky (residential)
Fort Rocky is the ultimate weekend break for those in school years 7-9. They have an action-packed programme full of fun, games, and opportunities to build relationships and create memories, all with a focus on sharing the good news of Jesus relevantly. It’s one of the highlights of the year so if you haven’t been before, make sure you book on!
The Fort Rocky Programme has something for everyone. Each weekend looks a little different but there is always a range of sports, wide games, and workshops alongside time to hang out with old friends and make some new ones. Excellent food is always provided and there are four Roadshow sessions, where everyone piles in together for challenges, interviews, gunge, videos, creative prayer, and an opportunity to hear from amazing youth communicators.
Fort Rocky is for anyone in school years 7-9. It’s particularly aimed at those with little to no connection with church or who are exploring faith for themselves.
Several Northstowe Young People have already booked to go as part of a group of local young people meeting in Willingham. If your teenager is interested, we’ll put you in touch with the brilliant Jim Overton.
And if they are looking for something fortnightly, let us know too. Our young people head over to Willingham straight after church on alternate Sundays for youth group: we’d love your teenager to get involved.
18th - 20th Feb: Beginners Retreat (residential)
The aim of this semi-silent retreat weekend is to help you enter the world of silent retreats gently and with plenty of support. There will be guidance on how to use the time; periods on your own and with the other retreatants, and the opportunity to share your experience with others if you wish to do so. During you stay at Launde you can join in with the community’s rhythm of prayer and worship; walk, paint, potter or simply rest, as the spirit takes you.
Book direct with Launde, letting them know you are part of the group from Northstowe.
Can’t join us? Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our learning… and invite you to help us plan some local Quiet Days to put it in practice.
20th Feb: Northstowe’s Half Term Community Litter Pick
10.30am on Sunday 20th, join with the wider community to spend an hour clearing up Northstowe, counting plastics and holding the big companies to account, and having fun!
With Beth taking part in the Launde Abbey Retreat, we’re looking for a couple of people to be the “leads” from Pathfinder Church that morning, working with the team from Sustainable Northstowe. Get in touch if you have happy to do that. Otherwise, invite your friends and neighbours, and come and join the fun!
NOTE: No Sunday Afternoon Gathering on Feb 20th
Stay in touch
Whatever the coming months bring, please remember that we are all still here praying, exploring, and sharing. And keep using the WhatsApp Chat to stay in touch - let us know if you want to join!
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