July 2013

Celebrating God's Creation

Common Spotted OrchidCommon Spotted Orchid

The Church Walk to the picturesque Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Swanwick Lakes on 22 June 2013, coincided with the reserve’s open day. Rangers and Volunteers were on hand throughout the walk to share the wealth and beauty of God’s Creation in the scenic lakes, woods and grasslands created by nature from abandoned clay working. The site is rich in orchids, birds, butterfliesand dragon flies and the walkers were not disappointed. June is the best time of year to see the orchids and the group with thrilled to see them in profusion. A truly restorative, lovely walk.

Ranger shows Doris, Jean and David a Cardinal BeetleRanger shows Doris, Jean and David a Cardinal Beetle

Puppets in the Pulpit!

Praizin' Hands Puppet GroupPraizin' Hands Puppet Group

On Sunday 14th July 2013, Fareham URC Junior Church's Anniversary was celebrated in style, with the service being led by puppets - thanks to the Praizin' Hands Puppet Group from Cornerstone URC, Hythe. The service told the story of Noah’s Ark and young and old were transfixed as Noah responded to God's call to 'Stock the Boat' with creatures of all shapes and sizes, and was strong in faith as 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Boat'.

The Praizin' Hands group was set up in 2003 as part of the 1st Hythe Girls' Brigade. Originally formed for the older girls within the company, interest has grown and there are now three puppet teams reaching out into the community.

Puppets are non-threatening, making them an ideal tool to share God's love with people of all ages. Praizin' Hands use professional puppets and all puppeteers attend weekly training.

Camels from the Praizin' Hands Puppet GroupCamels from the Praizin' Hands Puppet Group