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A Message from Our Vicar – February 2020

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19

O God of new beginnings, here I am again! I am always looking for new ways to spread the love of Christ, to be there for
people and to do it differently. Why? Because I believe we have to be constantly moving forward;
to stand still is to stagnate.
So what has this Vicar been up to now? As you are aware, I have been working out at the gym – Spin classes, weight lifting and boxing for some time now. Last summer I did my first extreme obstacle course and some of our congregation joined me in this. We are off to do it all again in June! But later in the summer, I began something new: I attended
my first POUND class. POUND is the best rockout workout.
It uses lightly weighted, custom made drumsticks and loud rock music. It is a full body workout and it is suitable for all ages and abilities. I fell in love at first strike! So much so, that in the autumn, I trained to become a POUND Instructor.
I began teaching POUND officially on the 6th January in our Parish Hall. It is being well attended – I have literally had to turn people away – and very well received. I have 11 Parishioners doing POUND regularly in addition to those
coming from further afield. Everybody who has come along has loved, not only the exercise but the atmosphere and the sense of fellowship that goes along with POUND. It is nothing like a gym class, or a Zumba class, or in fact any other type of fitness workout. It is the best fun and it truly lifts
the spirits.
I have those attending who currently have quite severe physical disability due to injury and illness. They chair POUND! I have those attending who have suffered/are suffering from depression. They love it because everybody leaves feeling with a smile on their face – it is impossible not
to! (If you want a testimony to POUND speak to Hilda Heald, our Warden – she is totally hooked!)
Our God is always a God of surprises, I do believe that He presents us with fresh opportunities, according to our abilities. It is then up to us, whether we take them or not and use them in His service. I thank God for this wonderful
opportunity I’ve been given – this is something exciting and new, that is complementing the old and known.
And as I move forward POUND is continuing to present yet more opportunities: I have been asked to take it out to three community groups over the next few months and will also be holding a POUND session at the Buckle and Boots Country Festival in May. It is a different way to reach out to people
and it is often not the POUND session itself that is important, but the conversations before, after, outside of POUND that it opens up.
If you have an inner Rockstar bursting to get out, maybe it was the music you enjoyed in younger years, or if you just want to come along and see if it is for you, you would be more than welcome. What I can guarantee you is fun and
the promise that you will be leaving with a smile from ear to ear! (Details of the classes are below)
But if it’s not for you, then just take your time: pray, listen, take heed, because God alone
knows the plans He has for you and you
are never too old to grasp a new
opportunity and do a new thing!
God Bless


Monday 6pm
Friday 6pm
£5.00 per class
Booking essential
Rev’s Rockout Pound
Tel: 0161 427 1259


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