This Christmas you can get in the picture at Aroma Coffee Shop. Come along to Aroma on Saturday 14th or Saturday 21st and bring your camera/phone.
In front of the coffee shop you’ll have an opportunity to put yourself, friends and family in to the nativity scene and become part of the Christmas story this Christmas.
Here are some people who’ve already put themselves in the picture.
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Yes – it may seem early but we are now making a start to organise the Scarecrow Festival for the first weekend in May – 3rd, 4th and 5th. If you have any new ideas of how we can improve the festival, or can offer help at any level we will be pleased to hear from you.
Our Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 29th September, and this year, in addition to the harvest of the usual fruit and vegetables, there will be a harvest of tools.
We’ll be accepting gifts of unwanted tools for use overseas where they will be put to very good use, thanks to the charity Tools With a Mission (TWAM)
TWAM started over twenty-five years ago collecting and refurbishing tools and equipment no longer needed and sending them overseas. All consignments are sent to known agencies for defined needs who are invited to contribute by payng for transport.
If you have unwanted equipment or tools then why not use them to help people become self sufficient. Please bring gifts of unwanted tools to the church hall on Saturday morning (28th) (10am to 12noon) or to the service at 10:30am on Sunday (29th).
The kind of tools we’d like to receive include:
- All types of hand tools for carpenters, motor mechanics, builders, electricians, plumbers and engineers
- Electric power tools (drills, sanders, planers), lathes, bench and band saws
- Sewing machines, knitting machines (please make sure thay are complete)
- Laptops and flat screen computers
- Sewing and craft items
- Garden forks, spades, hoes and rakes
- Sledge hammers, pick axes
- Manual typewriters
- Motor lawn mowers, strimmers and chainsaws (electrical versions of these items cannot be accepted)
You can find out more details on the website: www.twam.co.uk
Philip and Cameron join in cutting the Aroma birthday cake. Photo:Scott Jones
Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church was packed out this Sunday as people gathered to give thanks and celebrate five years of Aroma Coffee Shop.
Our previous minister, Rev Cameron Stirk, was the driving force behind starting Aroma and he returned, with his wife Lucy and their family, to lead this special service. Cameron spoke about the parable of the great feast and the importance of Aroma and the church being places, like the Kingdom of God, where ALL are made welcome.
After the service many people stayed to share in a faith lunch. The church hall was only just large enough to seat everyone.
A big birthday cake had been made for the occasion by Angie Padfield. Cameron joined forces with our current minister, Rev Philip Turner, in cutting the cake.
The shoe boxes from Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church went to Swaziland last year – here is the report from Operation Christmas Child:
Your shoebox was one of nearly 80,000 gift-filled boxes that were sent from the UK to children in Swaziland.
More than a quarter of Swaziland’s population lives with HIV, and most of them live in poverty. This equates to lots of children without parents, and there are not enough adults in the country to care for them all. Our partners are working hard to distribute Christmas shoeboxes to the thousands of children living this way in Swaziland, and bring them some hope.
Tekugana is 11 and is part of a child-headed household. When he received his Christmas shoebox, his face lit up with a dazzling smile. He was thrilled to get a notebook with pencils and pens, and avidly started writing and drawing.
Edward, 8, was lying in a hospital bed with two broken legs. To his surprise and delight, there were several small cars inside his shoebox. As the cars were pushed around on his hospital bed, Edward started to smile, then chuckle and then burst out with a bright, hearty laugh that reached his eyes. His mother also began to laugh as she encouraged him to push the cars around. She explained, “Without these gifts, my son’s 6-week stay in hospital would have even unbearable.”
Aroma Coffee Shop is celebrating it’s 5th birthday this September.
We have a lot to celebrate because Aroma is more than just a great coffee shop. During the past 5 years aroma has reached out into the community in many ways. Here are just a few examples of what’s been going on over the past few years -
- Parenting courses, supporting parents inthe community
- Living alongside dementia support group
- Helping primary and secondary school pupils find out more about fair trade and business through visits and study projects
- Alpha and Puzzling Questions courses
- Youth Cafe drop in
- Book clubs
- Aroma day trips by coach to places of local interest
During the week beginning Monday 9th September Aroma will be stepping back in time by reducing prices by 15% to 2008 levels as a thankyou to all it’s loyal customers. They will also be giving away 30 vouchers worth £5 by entering customers into a draw.
On Saturday the 7th all the staff and volunteers – 140 of them – will be celebrating at a special birthday party.
There will be a short service of Holy communion in Aroma on Sunday 8th at 4pm followed by coffee and cake. And the following Sunday will see a service of thanksgiving at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church at 10:30. All welcome.
15% Price Reduction
on all our prices for one week only!
plus a chance to win one of 30 £5 vouchers
week beginning 9th Sept 2013
Aroma Coffee Shop is managed by Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church as an expression of God’s love in and for the local community.
Explore the Bible with us in creative ways this summer and experience God afresh. Suitable for all ages.
This summer the 10:30 worship will be taking a break from the usual format.
We will all start together as usual, and then, instead of just young church going out, there will be an opportunity for everyone to explore the Bible passage in different ways. Everyone will be able to choose from creative, active, contemplative and discussion based alternatives or engaging with a sermon. We’ll all join together again at the end of the service and there may be opportunities for sharing.
Why not prepare by reading the bible passage before you come?
- 21th July, Mary and Martha – Luke 10:38 -42
- 28th July, Ask, seek, knock – Luke 11: 1-3
- 4th August, Parable of the rich fool Luke 12:13-21
- (11th August – A service of confirmation)
- 18th August, Cloud of witnesses – Hebrews 11.29 – 12:2
- 25th August, Do good and to share with others – Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Had a great time yesterday sharing South African photos and stories with my Year 1/2 class. They were so interested in all that we had done, and couldn’t believe how small the shacks looked. They loved playing ‘Riding on My Little White Pony’ (thanks Sammi!) which we had played with the children at both Mokone and Barcelona. The great fun we had both yesterday, here in Haxby, and in South Africa made me realise just how similar children are the world over, even though the lives of the children in my class and those of the children with whom we came into contact in SA are vastly different..
As a family we realise that we’ve been so fortunate to have experienced this trip together, and no doubt it has strengthened our family unit, with all the experiences we’ve shared. Only today Peter was asking how Lumingo was, and then went on to say that he thought there should be a charity to raise funds for people in Gugulethu to have good treatment in hospital.
As Kim and Mark say, I think we have all been changed, as a result of all we’ve seen and done but it may well be future conversations/observations and actions that make us realise just how much.
From Andre – Thank you so much to the team who were with us. Your constant support and willingness to travel so far to come and share with us is very encouraging. During my time at Pinelands I have seen two of your teams come and share with us and every person has enriched our fellowship and mission here. Unfortunately I was not able to spend much time with you all at this time of year but the …brief moments were very special. Thank you for your generous spirits, willing hands and hearts of love. May God continue to bless and use you all! With much love and deep appreciation, Andre Buttner.
P.S. Maybe you can bring Philip Turner with you in your next team so that he can see how you treat me!