Alton Webteam: July 2019
Where there is a celebration there is usually cake!
As I write this I am wondering what to do about the Church Anniversary Coffee Morning cake competition this Saturday 13th July. Googling "celebration cakes" is a little demoralising and, given my limited patience and icing skills, definitely elicits the response "not in a million years!"
I thought may be the children's "Bake off" ideas would give me some inspiration and I discovered some pictures of cakes that are all very colourful and usually involve throwing a lot of sweets in the middle or on top of a basic cake mix. This I might manage?
As I thought about it a little more, I came to the conclusion that the idea of a lot of different colours and shapes at the heart of the cake is quite a good picture to consider on our Church Anniversary. If I'm really brave perhaps I could get the cake to resemble our church building? (only 2D don't get excited!)
What are we celebrating this weekend? The family of Alton Methodist Church in all our diversity. We thank God for one another, young and old, and recognise the many gifts and talents that are to be found amongst us. We are grateful to all who use their time and energy within the life of the church to support one another and reach out to the wider community. The colourful sweets on the cake make it look attractive and exciting — especially to the young — and that's a challenge for most churches today!
We pray that we will continue to grow in love for God and one another. We ask for God's direction as we seek to serve him alongside the other churches and voluntary groups here in Alton and to make the message of Jesus attractive to those who have not heard it.
I like the image of a family standing together holding hands but facing outwards and always ready to enlarge the circle and welcome others in. (Perhaps that would give me a "get out" to make a round cake!)
I look forward to seeing the cakes entered by those in our congregation with the cake making talents — I know there are quite a few!
Happy Church Anniversary Liz
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