This October is one of those few months in the year that has five Sundays. When I looked at the Horeb calendar for the month there is a definite pattern of it having a beginning, a middle and an end.
The beginning of the month is marked by our Harvest celebrations. At the Harvest supper on Friday 30th September we will welcome Margaret Williams from North Wales Superkids. For many years the church has supported Superkids with gifts for children at Christmastime. These are always very much appreciated and so we wanted to give Margaret the opportunity to remind us again of the valuable work that Superkids does in North Wales and how we might continue to support them.
On Sunday 2nd October our Harvest celebrations continue with the Harvest Festival service when once again we will be collecting food items to be taken to Tŷ Golau – the emergency accommodation service in Rhyl. We also distribute flowers among members of our own community assuring them that they are remembered by the church. A loose change collection for Christian Aid will also be available.
That’s all at the beginning of the month.
In the middle of the month we have another special weekend when, on the 16th October, we welcome the Revd Kevin Watson to lead our worship. As many of you will remember, Kevin began his ministry in North Wales in 1982 when he was ordained and inducted to the pastorate of Tynewydd Road Rhyl and Dyserth. He served here until 1987 when he, Lynne and family moved to Swansea. Kevin is now Moderator of the URC Yorkshire Synod and, for 2016 – 2018, one of the Moderators of our General Assembly. As well as worship, there will be an opportunity to meet Kevin and Lynne over lunch on the 16th – further details are to be found elsewhere in Praxis.
Then at the end of the month, on the 30th October at 6pm, we are holding an evening that we are calling a Noson o Ddiolch – an Evening of Thanks. This will be an opportunity to come together as a church to express our thanks to each other for the gifts that we share as a church – time, talents, energy, care and concern and just the gift of ourselves to each other. We are not quite sure yet what form the evening will take – but there will be music, singing, food and fellowship – hopefully an evening not to be missed!
In the words of a well-known harvest hymn: ‘Come ye thankful people come’. And I hope you will come and enjoy the various things that are happening at Horeb during October.