Reflections from the Civic Service

Today, Sunday 23rd June, the Mayoral Procession including dignataries from Cheshire East, the ATC Cadets and Scout Movement representatives were met on the Barncroft by Allison and Paul from the ministry team at St. Cross. There were even residents having a picnic on the lawns waiting to greet their mayor. The theme of the service was 'Activity' and 'Youth' in line with the Mayor, Cllr. Andrew Malloy's desire to support the young people of Knutsford this year. Andrew introduced the service by talking a little about the history of the church building at St. Cross and of his family's connection to this place of worship. A collection was taken during the service and this raised well in excess of 100 pounds for the Mayor's fund- raising project.

The St. Cross music group, conducted by Hilary Skinner, with Christopher Foy playing the organ, sang beautifully, and powerfully, for a smaller group. The introit was 'Brother, sister, let me serve you'. The Choir also sang Psalm 23, to the contemporary music and words written by Stuart Townend, and the Anthem 'The Lord bless you and keep you' by John Rutter. The Mayor's Cadet, Cadence Grace from 2056 Air Cadets read the first lesson (Hebrews 12.1-3) and the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Stewart Gardiner read the second lesson (Mark 10.13-16).

The Vicar's address was centred around the importance of supporting young people in the race of life and to help them grow up as responsible people, living 'Christ-like' lives as they, with all humanity run the race of life to the finish line. In this race there are numerous winners medals that can be won. There are no limits. Paul finished his address by posing the question 'what our own contribution is in the race of life to communicate the love of God to others?' Everyone has a part to play. Paul would like to thank especially all those members of his congregation who have contributed so much to the life of the church this week, and contributing to making this Civic Service at St. Cross so special.

Pictured below is the Mayor, Andrew Malloy, and Deputy Mayor, Stewart Gardiner with Paul our Vicar after the service.