October 2022 Gathering

October 11th

“Amazing Grace How sweet thou art!”

This joyful and spiritual hymn of praise started our morning in Saint George’s church which was decorated with knitted chains, which are now on their way to the Cathedral as part of raising awareness of modern-day slavery.

There was a warm welcome to all followed by an Introduction from Alex, as we continued our series looking at the lives of influential Christians or “Heroes of Faith.”

Then Jan B unfolded the interesting, diverse and sometimes surprising story of

John Newton


This was extended into an insight into the slavery situation in Britain and other parts of the world with some shocking statistics and the work being undertaken to stop this. We had time to reflect and to pray. Thank you, Jan.


Sue explained the variety of activities for the morning: some knitting of chains, chain stitch, making of bookmarks and creative writing. The prayerful knitting was available as well as a colouring activity, which are both very calming.

The large group of knitters became most animated and inspired a poem!

The delicate chain stitching became birds and many memories were shared, whilst the designing and making of bookmarks was also popular.

The coffee and biscuits were plentiful, thank you Pam and Carolyn, and aided the creative juices!

At the end of the morning there was the opportunity to share our art work, creative writing and feelings.

To see this month’s creative writing, click here.

Jan K promised us home-made soup, “parsnip and not much apple” or gazpacho, it was excellent!


The next meeting is on Tuesday November 8th with coffee from 9.30.

Please come and join us, but do check this site or our Facebook page before your journey to make sure the session is not cancelled! We look forward to seeing you.