Can you remember what you were doing in 1984? At St John’s a new group was born…

Sue CleggSue Clegg tells us about a 30th Anniversary at St John’s:

1984 – 
An auspicious date, with Big Brother as the party leader stating: “We seek power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.”

Can you remember what you were doing in 1984?

Were you even born then?  Thirty  years ago I had a career and was working, so I was unable to join a newly formed group at St Johns.  A group  that challenged the ‘not interested in others’ in favour of fellowship.

At St John’s in 1984 time there were Talk Together groups for young mums, and  prayer and Bible Study groups for older ladies.  This left a gap for other women to enjoy fellowship during the week and so it came about that –

Midway imageMidway was born.
In November 1984, Margaret Hopkinson and others noticed this gap.  When Margaret mentioned  it to the then vicar, Tom Walker they were told to go ahead and organise a new group. A daytime ladies meeting to support, pray, study and fellowship together was started.

Midway has continued ever since.  Faces have come and gone, and ages changed, but the original objective has continued as ladies meet on the second and fourth Thursday afternoon at church to worship, pray, and listen to a speaker on Biblical themes.

Photo of Midway  programmes‘Faith’ – was one of the first themes that Midway studied, followed by many others over the years, to  a more recent one – ‘God`s promises to us’.

Sometimes, staff members, or those involved in outreach or Living Stones, or interesting work, have come along and shared their story. This provides plenty of fuel for ongoing prayer, and links us in with the wider community.

…  And let`s not forget the termly lunches with a longer opportunity to enjoy one another`s company.

1984? – Commencement date.
Well, that means we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year, and as one previous member reminded me, that is a Pearl Anniversary. Jesus gave a parable saying the kingdom of God is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went and sold everything to buy it. (Matthew 12:45)

Midway members know the value of fellowship and welcome others to join.

Rejoice with us, as we celebrate at a Christmas Lunch and 30th Anniversary Party on Thursday 11th December.

Midway Dec 2014Midway is part of
St John’s Women’s Ministry
A ladies meeting for worship, fellowship, speaker and a cuppa!

Meeting Room 2 at St John’s
2nd and 4th Thursdays from  2pm to 3.30pm 

– with termly lunches

For further information: speak with Sue Clegg at Church or email her on








3rd Dec 2014 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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