I’m sure that most of you know that we invite residents from this Residential Home to spend an afternoon in The Spire Centre once a month, but perhaps many will have no idea of how these afternoons are spent and I’ve been asked to write this article to put you in the picture. Our guests arrive and are taken home by taxi - the long tables have been set up with cloths and flowers and a ‘helper’ is at each end to enable easy conversation and help with the various activities. The afternoon always starts with a short prayer, bible reading and we are very fortunate to have Glenys with her keyboard for the hymns which are slotted between quizzes and a memory test.  (Sometimes it’s really difficult to get our guests to ‘remember’ but with help and persuasion from each of us we do succeed).
Each month we have a speaker for about 10/15 minutes and about half way we have tea and cakes/biscuits and this is a time when we can move around and chat and sometimes give private prayer. The numbers vary between 12-16.  Many come regularly each month if their health allows.  We’ve been doing this for 4½ years now and there is no doubt that God wants us to continue as the time is so enjoyed - we get applause, hugs and genuine thanks for what is described as “a really lovely afternoon”.  We always finish with hymn no 460 which we sing as a prayer and this has proved to be the right way to finish the afternoon and gives us the sure and certain knowledge that
God has been with us through a very busy but rewarding time. None of this would be possible without the help given by the whole team who have always been helpful and loyal. Jill Begg