Revd Dr Rae Caro

The Curate Writes

Wednesday 29th August 2018

September - A Time of Beginnings

September is often regarded as a time of beginnings. A new season of autumn, a new school year and for some, returning to work after a summer break. For MINE, September marks a very significant event- our Pathways Mission on 6th-9th September. The Pathways Mission is an initiative for the whole diocese of Newcastle. Each area will be sent a bishop and a team to help us in our mission work for the weekend. Newcastle East, of which we are a part, are very pleased to welcome Bishop Philip North and his team from Blackburn.

As part of MINE, we are churches who are passionate about mission and finding ways to serve our communities. St Martin’s have several exciting things planned such as an evening with Bishop Philip North to share what life and church are like in Byker and other urban areas, Prayer Spaces in local schools, a beer and hymns event at the Chillingham Arms with Ace from Gladiators, and the launch of Twinkle Tots our exciting new toddler church group to name a few. My hope is that these won’t just be one-off events but rather a kick start for the beginning of new relationships and new conversations.

twinkle totsI have been particularly involved in the planning of Twinkle Tots. We are launching it at St Martin’s on Saturday 8th September 10-11.30am. It will continue on the 2nd Saturday of every month and will be a time for 0-5s and their families to get to know God through play. There will be soft play, activities, games, songs, stories and snacks. There will also be things to do for older siblings who come along. We are so pleased to offer this fun, informal environment for families to explore faith and build friendships. We are so blessed with the many families we come into contact with through baptism, the centre and Sunday church and we look forward to welcoming our new Twinkle Tots too. September is definitely a time for exciting new beginnings!

For more info on Twinkle Tots or other events contact Rev Rae