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10th September breathe

Posted on Thursday September 7th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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It is lovely to say that breathe is back after the summer break this Sunday evening. It would be great to see you if you can make it.

Our reflections this month will be on ‘landscape’. Maybe you have been away or spent sometime stopping over summer  and encountered the energy and beauty of nature in all its diversity- be mountains or river, sea or woodland, garden or parkland. As we pause to remember those moments we will contemplate how we could carry this tranquility and life into the landscape of the lives we lead day to day. As ever will do this in the usual way we do at breathe with stillness and quiet, silence and short reflects, video and simple sung music, readings from the bible, images and ritual.

The service will last for about an hour and we would love it if you can stay for cake and refreshments afterwards.

It all begins at 7.30pm and will be in church hall so please use the side door to get it.

Summer Fair Saturday 29th July

Posted on Sunday July 23rd, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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The Waits will have a festival feel this coming weekend. The Norris Museum will be reopening and it’s the summer fair this coming Saturday at St Ives Methodist Church. The money we raise will go towards Project 200- the amazing vision we have for our building and community. We would love to see you if you can make it. Come for a coffee or have a look at the things for sale.

Project 200 Month of Giving

Posted on Sunday July 23rd, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Over the next three weeks we are trying to raise fund to begin the first phase of the vision for our renovated and renewed building. Please take look at the flyer above to see if you can help in a small or a big way!Slide1Slide1

9th July breathe (Please note change of venue

Posted on Thursday July 6th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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We are pleased to say that breathe is back for another reflective and contemplative time but this time in a different place.

Seeing as the weather and after a wonderful time last year, we are returning to Holt Island (a nature reserve opposite the church) for a summer evening of contemplation and reflection- listening to the birds and being cut off from the busyness of the world for just a while.

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The theme we will explore together is ‘attention’. Reflecting first on the things that clamor for our attention and easily distract, we will then turn our thoughts to what parts of our lives need attention as we enter a time of slower paced life of summer.

It is a simpler stripped down breathe as we can’t take a computer and projector- but there will still be the simple chants, readings from the Bible, silence, ritual and of course cake! 

You can access the island via a small bridge which you can get to via the Parish church grounds and you will find breathe setup in the middle of the island please follow the signs that we will have put up. You can see the Island website http://www.stives-town.info/locations/detail.asp?GetLocID=510

Please bring a camping chair (or two) if you can but no worries if not we will make sure that there are some spares. Maybe a blanket in case it drops cold and a hat might help keep the bugs away!

It is our last breathe before we have a break in August so it will be lovely to see you if you can make it.

 

Matt and the breathe team.

11th June breathe

Posted on Thursday June 8th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1It’s breathe this coming Sunday and it would be lovely to see you if you can make it.

In the midst of all the election debate (and the results by Sunday), the terrible attacks in our country and the complexity of our own lives space and time to reflect seems like a good idea.

We will be thinking about the idea of ‘here’. Firstly, what are the hopes and struggles in the places we find ourselves? Secondly, how is God with us in all of the places we live our lives?

It all begins at 7.30pm and will last for an hour. It will be a time spent in stillness and silence, there will be video and image, ritual and singing. We’d love it if you could stay for a chat afterwards over a drink and some cake.

 

 

 

 

14th May breathe

Posted on Wednesday May 10th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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breathe is happening again this month and we would love to see you if you can make it.

As we were planning this month we realised that the world seems an angry place right now. Be it people and places, general elections and nations at war. And perhaps, if we are honest, in our own lives there is anger.

In our time together we will explore the idea of anger and how it could be constructive. In the quiet, we will reflect on the things that trigger it in us and others, and how faith informs our engaging with our world.

As ever, there will be silence and stillness, chants and ritual, image and film to help us listen to ourselves and God.

It will last around about an hour and if you have time we would love to have a chat over a tea or coffee and cake!

We begin at 7.30pm and it all takes place in the hall at St Ives Methodist Church so please use the side door to get it.

Take care,

Matt and the breathe team

 

 

Easter Day Cafe Church

Posted on Thursday April 13th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1It is with great excitement that we let you know about this months cafe service which is also Easter Day. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to think about and celebrate the most important Sunday for the church.

We would love to see you if you can make it (in amongst the chocolate egg eating). It will still be cafe church as usual with all the coffee and pastries, the activities and the talking and the exploring of what faith means today. 

Being Easter Day there are a couple of bits of information it is worth you knowing as you might want to take part.

Firstly, we have an early morning communion at 8.30am if you would like to join us, this is followed by breakfast together. Just let us know if you would so we can make sure there is enough.

Secondly, as part Easter celebrations we will be decorating a cross with flowers which we then put outside the church. There is no pressure but if you fancy brings a few flowers to place on the cross that would be lovely.

So, we hope to see you but if not have a restful and life-giving Easter weekend.

Matt and the cafe team

9th April breathe

Posted on Thursday April 6th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1It is breathe this coming Sunday evening and we would love to see you if you can make it.
Being the start of Holy Week our theme for reflection this month is ‘revolution’. We will be working our way through the events from Palm Sunday through to Good Friday considering what each moment might mean and what kind of revolution God was beginning through weakness and humility. As ever it will be in the way we love best at breathe, with simple music, ritual, images, video and plenty of silence.
We start 7.30pm in the hall at the back of St Ives Methodist Church so please use the side door to get into the church. We will be together for about an hour and there is drinks and cake at the end if you are able to stay.

 

cafe this Sunday!!!

Posted on Thursday March 16th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1We hope you are enjoying the early signs of Spring beginning to emerge all around us. But it is not just this that is good news it is also cafe church this weekend at St Ives Methodist Church!

It would lovely to see you if you can come along- it will be the same mix of activities around tables, singing some songs, drinking plenty of tea and coffee, reading the papers and eating the pastries.

The drinks will be ready to go from 10am so arrive anytime from then. The service starts at 1030ish, once we’ve all found a table and cuppa. But don’t worry if you are running late, we know the weekend is the only time in a busy world when you don’t have to rush everywhere.

Hope to see you and if there is anything we can do then let us know.

12th March breathe

Posted on Thursday March 9th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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After a month off in February we are pleased to say that breathe is back this month.

Our thoughts will be focused on the season of Lent, a time when we remember Jesus being tested in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights as he prepared for what was next.  We will be using this story to reflect on how it can be a time for us to let go of things that distract us or get in the way of seeing, who we truly are and what we are called to do. Or put another way- the boxes we get stuck in or building around ourselves.

The time together will be its usual balance of image and music, simple songs and readings, silence and ritual. 

It all begins at 7.30pm in St Ives Methodist Church hall (so please use the side door). It will last around about an hour and if you have time we would love it if you could stay for coffee and cake afterwards.