It included the enrolment of three more of our servers into the Guild of St Stephen and the presentation of certificates, a gift from our church community and the annual formal invitation to join the burgeoning team of altar servers reinforced that both Sacraments are an initiation into an active, transforming life with Christ in the church.
We continued with an evening of fun, fundraising and friendship with a youth-led Missio fundraising event. Our Confirmation group had already been the first in the diocese to invite a Missio rep in to learn about and discuss their work and the evening was a joyous practical response.
Anne Lucie led us all in prayer and gave us insight into the difficulties many Christians face in her home country of Cameroon. She cheerfully compered an evening of song, dance, violin and piano, rock band, poetry and of course a performing dog!
Lorretta and Ian Peck, who had orchestrated the event, provided a snack stall and there were various competitions devised and run by our youngsters especially our Missio Youth reps Gen and Aoife, including a Fairtrade raffle.
A prayerful, positive, proactive and prophetic evening that uplifted us all and reminded us that we bring all our gifts to the love and service of God and each other. £230 was raised and many seeds sown for the future of not only our young church in a rented building in East Anglia but our fellow Catholics far and wide.
Pictured above are the young people at the Missio evening.