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Family Pancake Praise – Saturday 10th February 2018

What do you do when you’re only 3 and are taken into this huge space?  You see your Little Stars leader, a tunnel to crawl through and stepping stones to walk on.  All is well - happy little person and all the family can relax!  So began our Pancake Praise: an hour of things to do for all the family, topped and tailed by short sessions of worship.

90 people of all ages came along and ‘a good time was had by all’ with activities including craft (decorating a paper pancake), writing or drawing prayers on a pancake (paper plate!), making real pancakes over a tea light, and pancake races up and down the centre aisle of the church sanctuary. That’s where the tunnels, stepping stones and hoops came in!

In the service parts, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association (BB/GA) members helped with some prayers and a reading and there was a talk by Rev Anthony Orr about ‘Finding Jesus’.  After singing ‘All things bright and beautiful’ it was time for the pancakes!  

Over 200 pancakes were made on the premises and served hot with various toppings.  Little Stars families provided cakes. During refreshments, the BB/GA band gave us a presentation of their drumming, bugling and glockenspiel playing.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and to the church team.  Around 20 people were involved: from planning and publicity, setting up (and down), helping with activities, sorting out the sound, etc, through to washing up.  Special thanks to Sara Rouse, Little Stars Pre-school Leader, who provided ideas, equipment and even got the Church Secretary going through a tunnel with a pancake on a plate, and to Marianne Orr who cooked all those pancakes!
Laura Kisby

Charlie Kennedy, Freeset, Kolkata, India
Many of you will already know Charlie very well, since he has been part of Leamington Spa Baptist Church since he started coming to the Playgroup in the old church building just after he was born in 1990. Charlie first visited Kolkata and the Freeset Project during his gap year in 2009, when he was part of an Action Team with BMS World Mission.
After his return to the UK, he decided to study for a degree which would prepare him for work with intercultural communities and he graduated from Redcliffe College in Gloucester in 2014 with a BA Hons in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts.

He had returned to Kolkata several times since his gap year and on his last visit in January 2017, he met Jo Redhead, a lady working with Freeset. Jo is from New Zealand, where Charlie was staying for a year.  At the end of Charlie’s visit to Kolkata, Jo was also returning to New Zealand. They were able to spend time together and develop a close relationship. This was confirmation of where God was leading him.

After Charlie returned to the UK in June 2017, plans were made for Jo to visit him and his family. She came in September and December, spending Christmas here. They became engaged during her second visit. On 31st December they left the UK and travelled back to India, where Charlie too is now working for Freeset, as he follows God’s plans for his life.

In June, they will be back in New Zealand and they plan to marry on 14th July 2018. Prayer cards for Charlie can be obtained from Val Kennedy. Please ask for one.

About Freeset
“Freeset began in Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red-light areas with 10,000 sex workers, many of whom were taken from homes in villages and communities across West Bengal. Our women hoped for something better. Through jobs at Freeset making bags and tees, we worked to build new homes and a new community of freedom in Kolkata. “
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