Chris

Family time

February 24, 2015 in Dean's Blog

FamilyIt has been good having our eldest daughter Alex and her husband Dan here this week on their half term – Alex is acting director of a Christian charity working in schools and Dan is studying for ordination. It’s been a busy week, but we have enjoyed meals together, a game of tennis and a swim and they have joined in a number of church events in the past week and caught a little winter sunshine. As they run a church in a pub engaging with many people who would never go near a church, it is always refreshing to hear their insights.

Chris

Wheelathon: Saturday 20th February 2015

February 24, 2015 in Dean's Blog

WheelathonThe day began with strong wind, rain and plenty of dust flying about, which probably discouraged a few people from IMG_9796attending the Wheelathon, but those who went had a great day out. The main aim of the day is to give people the opportunity to experience Bahrain’s Formula One track on wheels with no competitive side to it at all, but this year for the first time there was a Duathon – running-cycling-running – for young people wanting to take part and also competing against some members of the Bahrain Triathlon National Squad. It was great to see some of our cathedral young people do really well, especially as some of them were competing on bikes that were clearly not as “professional” as others. Congratulations to all who took part in a grueling event.

Chris

Mina Iwahashi Concert: Thursday 19th February 2015

February 24, 2015 in Dean's Blog

Mina Iwahashi ConcertWe felt very privileged to hear Mina Iwahashi play Johann Sebastian Bach’s DasWohltemperierteKlavier in the cathedral on Thursday evening  and the Japanese Ambassador joined us for the evening.  Mina studied the piano from the age of five and spent four years living in Russia studying at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She is currently teaches music at the Japanese School in Bahrain. A few of her students attended the concert – we deliberately offer tickets free for children to encourage families to attend. We can look forward to future programmes as she clearly enjoys playing in the cathedral and the warmth of reception of the audience.

Chris

Ethiopia in Bahrain: Sunday 15th February 2015

February 24, 2015 in Dean's Blog

We were privileged to welcome Esky Girmay as our speaker to the February Living Room Dialogue.Esky is a model designer, film producer and actress involvedEthiopia with the Migrant workers Protection Society. She began with peoples’ common perceptions of Ethiopia: the civil war and the famine (Bob Geldof and Band Aid) and gave her own perspective on Ethiopia, the dignity of her people and her rich history. It was a joy to welcome a few friends from Ethiopia, the MWPS and the French community who joined us for the evening.

Chris

Pancake Races, Lent Pots, Lent

February 24, 2015 in Dean's Blog

LENTLent preparations began with pancakes and races after the Friday morning service on Friday 13th February and more than twenty people came together for Lent pot painting on Saturday, both adults and children. The pots are taken by individuals and LENTfamilies to collect money through Lent for the work of the Ecumenical Conference of Charity, the social concern arm of the churches ecumenically in Bahrain, responding to the needs of both Bahrainis and expatriates.

The booklet Love Life Live Lent was made available – both the adult/youth Love Life Live Lentversion and the kids’ version. Each day an activity is encouraged in order that “we might be the change you want to see in the world.”(Mahatma Gandhi). As Archbishop John Sentamu writes in his foreword: “Why not use this Lent and this little book  to catch a glimpse of what is possible when we take a risk of grace.”

We had an encouraging turnout for the Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes and Jon in his sermon encouraged us to think of the occasion as if attending our own funeral.

During Lent groups will be following either our Diocesan course Soul Spark, a course exploring spirituality and spiritual growth through prayer, reflection and sharing, or a course on prayer using the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard.