Carols at Costa

Our second annual Carols at Costa is happening on 20th December at 4pm. This is always such a fun and festive event, so make sure you get the date and time in your diary and keep it free.

We'll have posters and flyers available soon and we'll also be doing a big push to raise donations in kind for the Cathedral Archer Project and the Sheffield S6 Food Bank.

You can find our more information here: mosaicsheffield.org/carols

Everyday Mystics

Experiencing God in the busyness of everyday life

I’m at a point in my life right now where I often feel overwhelmed by two things: busyness and tiredness. It’s a deadly combination that make a thriving spiritual life a seemingly insurmountable challenge. 

Anyone with young kids—mine are five and two—knows just how exhausting a stage of life this is. (I’m convinced the endless stream of articles about the importance of sleep are sent into my Facebook and Twitter feeds solely as a means of torture.)

I look around at so many friends who are at a similar place in their lives and there is at least some small comfort in knowing I’m not alone. It feels like many of us are hanging on. It’s a struggle to survive. Talk of thriving is just a cruel joke.

Having grown up in a church environment, one constant refrain has been the need for a daily ‘quiet time’, no matter how busy or tired I am. I must have an extended time each day where I pray, study scripture, meditate, and worship. 

This can be a wonderful thing. Daily time for solitude and encountering God’s presence is hugely desirable. But what if life makes these moments rare or even close to impossible? Is a vibrant spiritual life only available to those who can dedicate an hour of ‘quiet time’ every day?

These are the questions I’ve found myself pondering lately. Life doesn’t allow me to spend significant amounts of time engaging in what are often called spiritual practices. Does this mean I am unable to encounter God?

I don’t think so. 

And it is thinking about this that has led me to wonder what an ‘everyday mystic’ might look like. I can’t live in a monastery, and I can’t dedicate significant amounts of time to overtly spiritual practices, but how might I still encounter God consistently in the midst of normal, busy, tiring everyday life.

Richard Rohr defines a mystic as bring any person who has experiential knowledge of spiritual things. It’s not about how many Bible verses we know, or what doctrines we understand, or which church we do or don’t go to—it’s about personally experiencing God. 

If God is everywhere, and everything is sacred, why would a spiritual experience need to be limited to specific spiritual practices, worthwhile as they can be? 

They don’t.

Says, Rohr: 

‘There are not sacred and profane things, places, and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places, and moments—and it is we alone who desecrate them by our blindness and lack of reverence.’

These words, in parallel with reflecting on the state of my own life, have made me realise how blind I have become to what is going on around me. I don’t see everything as sacred. I don’t recognise that the physical world is not the only world there is.

Instead of seeing the visible world as a portal into the much larger invisible world, I have become consumed by the here and now. What is going on in my life has come to dominate everything. I no longer see through the physical realities of my life and into the deeper, richer spiritual life the lies within and behind it. 

Busyness and tiredness have not only pulled me away from regular spiritual practices, they have also blinded me from seeing the spiritual realities that infuse everything around me.

This is what I want to change as I go through 2015. I may not be able to make huge changes to the busyness and tiredness, but I can choose to see with spiritual eyes and not mere physical ones. 

I may not be able to spend hour after hour in prayer and meditation, but I can learn to see God within every moment and every event. As Rohr reminds us, ‘Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew.’

If we will allow it, all of life can become a place of spiritual encounter. We can all be everyday mystics. A mystic is not someone who lives in a monastery, or who spends their lives in a prayer closet. A mystic is someone who is able to see and find and connect to God everywhereand at anytime.

‘Once we accept that God is in all situations, and can and will use even bad situations for good, then everything becomes an occasion for good and an occasion for God.’ (Rohr)

As well as being challenged to open my eyes to seeing God more fully in and through the realities of my busy, tiring life though, I do recognise that there is still a need to make some space for what are typically called spiritual practices.

This might not take the shape of extended periods of solitude or an hour of ‘quiet time’, but mystics throughout the ages have long emphasised the value of prayer, scripture, meditation, serving, worship, giving, and more, in enriching their experience of God.

When much of life is dictated to you—as it is with young kids, in particular—there is a need to look for ways to creatively make these moments happen. The shower can become our prayer closet. The bus ride can be a chance to read and meditate on scripture. Even the toilet could become an opportunity for multitasking (assuming a toddler isn’t clinging to you)!

In other words, we need to see what opportunities there might already be in our day that we’ve not seen before. Life won’t always be like this, but we can find opportunities—no matter how fleeting—to connect to God in the midst of the busyness. There will be some, even if it might take talking it through with a partner or trusted friend to see them.

And maybe, just maybe, we could establish a practice of once a week, making some space for a more extended time of directly connecting to God. It may mean getting our partner or a friend to take responsibility for the kids, and it may require getting out the house in order for it to be quality time, but it’ll be more than worth it.

Whether we realise it or not, we all need this experience of God. As Rohr reminds us, we need to be honest and humble enough to admit this:

‘The entire world is indeed sacramental and mediates the message, and yet it is hidden in such a way that only the humble and honest—and suffering—will find it.’

It’s so tempting to keep pressing on through life when it’s busy and all-consuming, thinking we can manage by ourselves. But it eventually catches up with us. We all need to be reminded that we can all become everyday mystics. We can have a rich and meaningful spiritual life even when life is overwhelming. (Truthfully, there is perhaps no greater time in life when we need God more!)

So my goal for 2015 is to become an everyday mystic, experiencing God in the midst of the busyness and tiredness of life. I want to see God more. I want to see the invisible and not just the visible world. I want to take off my blinkers and see—and experience—the full life that Jesus ultimately offers. 

And, not only that, I want to carve out some additional moments for more intentional engaging in spiritual practices too—even if it is while multitasking.

Here’s to a mystical 2015, filled with rich and diverse, spiritual experiences and encounters with God!

Understanding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

In week two of our journey through Brian McLaren’s ‘We Make the Road by Walking’, the theme is Being Human and focusses primarily on Genesis 2:4–25. It’s worth a read to make sure it’s fresh in your mind. Brian’s notes on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil were particularly interesting. Answering the question of what it’s significance is, Brian has this to say:

There are many answers, no doubt. But consider this possibility: the second tree could represent the desire to play God and judge parts of God’s creation – all of which God considers good – as evil. Do you see the danger? God’s judging is always wise, fair, trie, merciful and restorative. But our judging is frequently ignorant, biased, retaliatory and devaluing. So when we judge, we inevitably mis-judge

If we humans start playing God and judging good and evil, how long will it take before we say this person or tribe is evil and deserves to die, or become our slaves? How long will it take before we judge that this species of animal is good and deserves to survive, but this one is worthless and can be driven to extinction? How long until we judge that this land is good an deserves to be preserved, but that river is without value and can be plundered, polluted or poisoned?

If we eat from the second tree, we will soon become violent, hateful and destructive. We will turn our blessing to name and know into a license to kill, to exploit and destroy both the Earth and other people. God sees everything as good, but we will accuse more and more things of being evil. In so doing, we will create in ourselves the very evil we claim to detect in others. In other words, the more the judge and accuse, the less we will reflect God…and the less we will fulfil our potential as image-bearers of God.

So the second creation story present us with our challenge as human beings. We constantly make a crucial choice: Do we eat from the Tree of Aliveness – so that we continue to see and value the goodness of creation and so reflect the image of the living God? Or do we eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – constantly misjudging and playing God and as a result mistreating our fellow creatures?

How does this perspective on the passage fit with what you’ve thought about the two trees in the Garden of Eden before?

As with this whole series, the goal is not necessarily to agree with either Brian or each other. But in thinking more deeply about what passages may mean, hopefully we can both more fully appreciate Scripture and also see how that affects how we choose to live in relationship to others.

A quick catchup after the first Mosaic midweek gathering

Last night was the first of our new midweek gatherings and the start of our twelve month journey through Brian McLaren's ‘We Make the Road by Walking’. As we mentioned in the update a few days ago, we recognise that for most people, attending every midweek gathering is not going to be an option. The expectation really is that people will just get along to a couple of them in any given month. 

Obviously, on the weeks people aren't at the gathering, you'll miss out on the conversation around the theme and chapter from the book, but the intention is that we all read the chapter for the week, regardless of whether we'll be able to make the gathering. That way we can all keep up and not miss out.

And it would be good to find ways to discuss the chapter in our homes with housemates, spouses, partners, and kids too. The more we invest into reading, discussing, and learning, the more we'll get out of it. 

As for last night, it was a good time. We opened with some prayers and sang a few simple worship songs, and then we took turns to read aloud the three passages of Scripture (Genesis 1–2:3; Psalm 19; Matthew 6:25–34) that were encouraged to be read in harmony with the first chapter of the book. We then read a short section from chapter one and moved into a time of conversation.

We won't try and recount that discussion here, but we would definitely recommend that everyone read through chapter one this week. And we'll then be meeting again next week (Wednesday 10th September). If people can have read the chapter before we meet that will always be helpful, but it's not essential, so don't let that ever stop you coming!

We'll just finish this update by posting one of the questions at the end of the chapter that would be good for us all to ponder this week:

This week, choose one facet of creation that you love—birds, trees, weather, soil, water, light, children, sex, ageing, sleep. Observe it, think about it, learn about it at every chance you can, with this question in mind: If that element of creation were your only Bible, what would it tell you about God?

Guidelines for our journey through ‘We Make the Road by Walking’

Included in the appendix of ‘We Make the Road by Walking’ are five guidelines for when people meet to discuss each chapter and learn together. These are designed to help ensure the conversations around the themes that emerge each week can have the maximum benefit for all who are there.

In case you don't discover this appendix any time soon, we thought we'd share them here too. We'll also discuss these during the first few midweek gatherings.

  1. The guideline of participation: Our goal is for all to share and all to learn, so all should feel encouraged but not pressured to participate. Before and after you have made a contribution, welcome others to contribute by listening from the heart with uncommon interest and kindness. In so doing, you will “listen one another into free speech.” Avoid dominating, and gently seek to draw out those who may be less confident than you. Be sure to express appreciation when others share honestly and from the heart.
     
  2. The guideline of honour: We honour one another for having the courage to share honestly and from the heart. It is important to freely express your own views without insulting the views of others. Advising, silencing, fixing, upstaging, correcting, or interrupting others often leaves them feeling dishonoured, so these responses are not appropriate among the learners in this circle. Often, using “I” language helps in this regard—for example, “I see that differently” instead of “You are wrong.” Trust that a safe, honouring environment will make space for their “inner teacher,” God’s Spirit, to guide others better than you can.
     
  3. The guideline of silence: Silence is an important part of every good conversation. Don’t rush to fill silence. Expect that important insights will arise through silence. Often, right after a silence has become a little uncomfortable, it becomes generative and holy.
     
  4. The guideline of understanding: Each question or prompt is designed to promote something more important than agreement or argument: understanding—of ourselves and one another. So see differing views as a gift and an opportunity for greater understanding, not argument. Our full acceptance of one another does not infer full agreement with every opinion that is expressed. Assured of mutual honour, in the presence of differing views, we will all experience greater understanding.
     
  5. The goal of brevity: It’s important to feel free to think out loud and speak at some length at times. But in general, err on the side of being too brief and having people ask to hear more, rather than on the side of taking more than your share of the group’s time.

What’s next for Mosaic?

This Monday (1st September) sees the start of us using Brian McLaren’s ‘We Make the Road by Walking’ as a basis for conversation throughout the next twelve months at Mosaic. The book has fifty-two chapters and it is meant to be read a chapter each week.

We’ll be using the book in several ways. It will be used as part of the new weekly midweek gathering in homes that will start this Monday (more on that below). This will provide space for us to discuss the themes and questions that emerge from each chapter. 

But we also hope that, on a different level, the content each week might serve as a kind of household devotional. It can be the basis for conversation with housemates, as couples, and for those of us who are parents, we hope we can use it with our kids too. Having read the chapter ourselves it would be good to find ways in our week to raise some of the content in conversation with our kids. The chapter ends with questions for discussion that incorporate some aimed at kids. They may or may not be helpful, but it could be really significant to find ways to include our kids with this journey over the next twelve months.

Midweek gathering

One of the slight changes to how we gather as Mosaic is the addition of a new weekly midweek gathering. This is designed to be quality time for the adults in our community to engage with God and each other. It’s going be a combination of Fire Night and Passages in how it feels. 

It’s worth making clear that we have no expectation that everyone will be there every week! We just want to have something happening each week for people to engage with when they can. We are very aware that, due to many of us having kids, only one of us can get out on any typical midweek evening. That said, we’d like to encourage people to try and aim to get to two midweek gatherings in any given month. We think you’ll enjoy them!

There won’t be any set day of the week for the midweek gathering. We realise that may be helpful to some and a hindrance to others, but we’ll start out this way and see how things go. You can see all the days and dates for the midweek gatherings on our new Events page. If you click on any of the events you’ll get an option to add it straight to your Google or Apple calendar on your phone. 

Sunday’s

Alongside the addition of a regular midweek gathering, Sunday’s will keep a similar rhythm but simplify these somewhat. There won’t necessarily be a talk at the gathering on the first Sunday; it’ll simply be a big celebration for adults and kids together with time to sing songs, engage in a thought-provoking activity, and share a community meal together. 

The second Sunday with Messy Mosaic will remain the same. As will the social on the third Sunday. But on the fourth Sunday, instead of trying to have meaningful conversation with kids causing chaos all around, we’re simply going to make this a monthly community meal together and share communion together. 

As ever, we’ll keep listening and learning and tweak things to try and find a rhythm as a community that works for us while helping us and other truly connect to God. 

At the heart of everything with all these tweaks and changes though is a desire to simplify. We want to just focus on making space to connect with God and creating a community that is inviting to all and great for kids to learn the way of Jesus. 

Please do take some time to read the new Who we are and What we do pages on our website. These are works in progress that we hope will help to capture both where we feel we are as a community whilst also giving a aspirational sense of who we feel Mosaic is called to become. 

We’ll talk more about all this in the upcoming weekly midweek gatherings, but we wanted to at least put something out so everyone is in the loop with where we’re at. 

Getting ready for September

As we come towards the end of our summer Sabbath at Mosaic, we wanted to start to get prepared for what we sense is next for us as a community. 

We've been doing plenty of thinking and praying as a leadership team and have much we’re looking forward to start unpacking come September (even as we still try and discern what we feel God wants our community to look like and what he's calling us to do). 

In the meantime, we would like to encourage each household to get hold of a copy of a book ready for September that we're actually going to spend a whole year exploring. (Hence you'll really miss out if you don’t get a copy!) 

We'll share more about the book and how we intend to use it in due course, but if people could grab a copy of 'We Make the Road by Walking' by Brian McClaren over the next week or so, that'd help make sure we're all ready to go come next month. 

You can pick up the eBook version from Amazon or the iBookstore, or a paperback version, also from Amazon. 

We'll begin to explore some of what we think Mosaic is going to look like moving forward, and take a look at chapter one of the book at a midweek gathering on Monday 1st September (7.30pm at the Radford's). 

We're very aware everyone getting together is a rare occurrence and will update people via our website and Facebook page as well so no one is left behind or out of the loop if you can't be there. 

We're so grateful for our small little community and for the contributions each and everyone of you bring. We're excited about what lies ahead and looking forward to seeing what God wants to teach us and how he wants to use us to create beauty in our wonderful city.

Podcast – Vision and Sabbath

This last Sunday we took some time as a community to think afresh about our vision as Mosaic. We shared some of our story and journey so far and then moved into talking about the Sabbath and the fact that both individually and corporately, we felt that the summer months should be a time of Sabbath for us this summer. 

If you weren't able to be there on Sunday, we'd really recommend you have a listen to Sam's talk so that you're fully up-to-speed with where we're at, our plans for the summer, and what may lie beyond that too.

Mosaic at Home at the Simkins

It’s Mosaic at Home this Sunday. We’ll be meeting at 4pm at Ruth and Chris Simkins’ home (contact us if you need directions). This month we’ll be rounding up our conversation about the role of the Holy Spirit as part of our foundations series we’ve been doing.

When we have Mosaic at Home there is typically a short time of sung worship, informal discussion in small groups, an opportunity to take Communion, followed by a shared meal.

 

The Marriage Course

Starting on Monday June 9th, we'll be running The Marriage Course for a second time. The Marriage Course is a seven week course that is designed to help any married or co-habiting couple strengthen their relationship. The course covers topics such as:

  • Building strong foundations
  • The art of communication
  • Resolving conflict
  • The impact of family

The course is for any couple who is looking to enrich and improve their relationship with their spouse.

The Marriage Course will be held at Gertie's Cafe, 282 South Road, Walkley, starting at 7.15pm.

Each evening is designed solely for each couple to do by themselves. Whilst there will be several couples doing the course, beyond a welcome and greeting at the start, the evening is designed to be a space for each couple to enjoy alone. 

A DVD is used to facilitate conversation throughout each evening, but all conversation will only be between each couple. There are no group conversations and no couple will be expected to share anything with anyone other than their partner.

Each week includes a two course meal and one drink. Couples are welcome to bring their own bottle of whatever else they'd like to drink and drinks will be available to purchase.

The cost of The Marriage Course is £35 per person / £70 per couple. This includes the seven two course meals, and all course content and materials.

If you would like any further information, or want to sign up for the course, please let us know. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Dates

The seven sessions will be on the following dates:

  • 9th June
  • 16th June
  • 23rd June
  • 30th June
  • 7th July
  • 14th July
  • 21st July

The next 3 months and beyond!

Every 3 months as a leadership team, we review where we're at as a community of faith and look to the future. We have some changes coming up starting from September with the rhythm of Mosaic, order of Sunday activities and mid-week events. When looking to the next quarter, there were a few key things that came out:

We want to raise our expectation for new people engaging with what we're doing alongside a desire to increase the impact of what we do. 

We felt we could do this by preparing things in advance, and having a theme that runs through everything we do during any given month (There will be separate email introducing the theme for September onwards and will explore our journey from serving ourselves to serving others). This will run through the monthly gathering, Mosaic@home, Messy Mosaic, Fire night and a new discussion night. To best do this we are moving the Gathering to the first Sunday of the month where each theme will be introduced. 

We want to encourage more engagement with God through prayer, worship and the scriptures, expect God to move, and want to make Fire night and Discussion night something that we all aim to take part in and are accessible to more people.

People engage with God and each other in different ways so hopefully, if the same theme runs through everything, we can all find something that connects with us and the people we know around us.

Mosaic's Monthly Rhythm

First Sunday - GATHERING

This will incorporate worship, a thought/challenge, response, communion, activities for the kids (which will fit with the theme and be prepared in advance and we will make sure we know who is doing the kids stuff each month to make it less last minute), and food. It is our chance to spend focused time with God and begin to explore and be challenged by the theme for the month.

Second Sunday - MESSY MOSAIC

Messy Mosaic has usually stood alone from other themes that are going on but it is another environment for people to find and explore faith and will tie-in with the theme. These are quite broad themes and there is a lot of room for creativity within them! Our hope is that more and more people will find Messy Mosaic a place they can explore following Jesus.

Third Sunday - SOCIAL

The aim of this has always been to act as an accessible route to meet our community. Whatever we do needs to be open to others joining us and be something we feel we can invite them into. It can be at any point over the weekend and if you have an idea - speak out!

Fourth Sunday - MOSAIC@HOME

This will be an informal space where we can wrap up the theme for the month. Activities are able to be conducive to the noise of kids and life! We will try and allocate people to provide something for the children to do but not for as long as the Gathering. We have some resources that we can use so that it is easy for anyone to plan and do the kids' activities. 

FIRE NIGHT

This is now the Monday or Wednesday after the Mosaic Social. It's a space for prayer, worship, listening and talking to God—communion with God. Our hope is that out of this we see answers to prayer and faith strengthened. It will be in homes but we are exploring moving it into other venues.

DISCUSSION NIGHT

This is a space to explore scriptures, topics and issues related to the theme in more depth. It is usually the Monday or Wednesday after the Mosaic Gathering. The first of these will be in a pub and we'll see how it goes from there...

SERVING OTHERS

We are looking to increase our involvement in serving those in need whether that be through Besom, opportunities in our neighbourhoods, needs of people in our Mosaic community, or situations abroad.

CHRISTMAS

The plan at the moment is to do carols—probably in Starbucks as they were happy to have us last time—on Sunday 15th December. If you can be thinking of things we can do for this and how we can be outward focused, that'd be great! 

MARRIAGE AND PARENTING COURSES

These are things we would like to develop in the future with the resources we already have so please let us know if you'd be interested in helping with this.

There will be the usual monthly email with specific dates very soon and a chance to talk through anything relating to the above!

Thanks for reading! We are excited and expectant for Mosaic having an increasing impact in the lives of those touched by our community and that we will further discover our place in this city.

Rachel

(& Sam, Ryan and Emily!)

 

Maundy Thursday

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Today is Maundy Thursday. It’s the day we remember the night before the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. We focus on the Last Supper, Jesus’ agonising prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal with a kiss by Judas, the soldiers taking him captive, and the betrayal by his own disciples.

It’s not happy, feel good stuff. It’s raw. Brutally raw. And it’s easy to gloss over this and focus on the nicer elements of the Christian faith. But why don’t we take some time today to fully allow ourselves to go into this dark moment in history? 

Let’s meditatively put ourselves in Jesus’ place, feeling the full reality of his pain, anguish and distress. And then let’s put ourselves in the place of Judas, the disciples, and the soldiers too. Imagine how it must have been for each of them. Take some time to truly enter in and feel all the emotions from all the perspectives of everyone involved, allowing this story to permeate every crevice of our hearts and mind. 

And, on this day where we remember the inauguration of what we now know as Holy Communion, why don’t we get together with our spouse, family, or a few friends, and bring our thoughts, prayers, and meditations together around an intimate sharing of bread and wine in our homes tonight?

Mosaic in March

How is March already upon us? Here's all the March news about Mosaic.

Sunday's

1st Sunday (3rd) — Mosaic at Home
4pm at The Morgans' house, contact us for details.

2nd Sunday (10th) — Messy Mosaic
4pm at St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley. Continuing the series on Love, Hope and Faith. Next up is HOPE! 

3rd Sunday (17th) — Mosaic Social
Venue TBC (check Facebook for details)

4th Sunday (24th) — Mosaic Gathering
4pm at St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley. We'll be continuing our series called ‘Soul Environments’, This month is 'Water' and we'll be looking at our second core value: Love is the context for all mission.

Other events this month

Lent

We continue to fast and collect money for Besom during this period.

Easter

Good Friday Brunch
does what it says on the tin.
Friday 29th March, 10.30, venue TBC

Easter Sunday
- Sunrise Worship at Burbage Edge, meet at Upper Burbage car park 5.30. bring hot drinks and hot cross buns
- Lunch and Worship, slightly more sociable hour of 12pm. Prayers, thanksgiving and worship, followed by lunch. venue TBC.

Fire Night

— There'll be no Fire Night this month due to The Marriage Course on the same evening.

Daytime Prayer

— Monday Afternoons
We meet about 12.30 ish, email Mosaic or ask Natalie for more info.

The Marriage Course

- The course is up and running and so far is going great. Please pray for all the couples attending.

Up Coming Events

Mosaic in the Garden

We have been given the opportunity to share the up keep of an allotment in Walkley. At some point in February we will be getting busy clearing the space and making it look like something that resembles an allotment. All hands on deck for this one!

Have a good month,

Emily

Mosaic in February

All the February news about Mosaic.

Sunday's

1st Sunday (3rd) — Mosaic at Home
4.30pm at The Francis' house.

2nd Sunday (13th) — Messy Mosaic
4pm at St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley. We're starting a series on Love, Hope and Faith and as it's Valentines Day we'll be looking at LOVE first.

3rd Sunday (20th) — Mosaic Social
Venue TBC

4th Sunday (27th) — Mosaic Gathering
4pm at St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley. We'll be starting a new series called ‘Soul Environments’, starting with the metaphor of ‘Wind’.

Other events this month

Fire Night

— Monday 11th, at the Radford's

We'll be having our very own ‘Ash Monday’, taking time to look forward into Lent, looking at our commitments for this time and remembering the significance of the fast.

Daytime Prayer

— Monday Afternoons

We meet about 12.30 ish, email Mosaic or ask Natalie for more info.

The Marriage Course

7 week marriage course, meeting each Monday starting on the 18th February at 7.15pm.

The Marriage Course is a series of sessions designed to help any married or co-habiting couple strengthen their relationship. The course covers subjects such as:

  • Building strong foundations 
  • The art of communication 
  • Resolving conflict
  • The impact of family

It's not just for people who feel their marriage is in 'trouble'. Ryan and I I did it last year to see what it was like and we were amazed how much we got out of it!

It will be held at Gerties Cafe, 282 South Rd, Walkley. They are really looking forward to having us and will be preparing a special menu just for us. The price is £30 per person (£60 per couple) for the entire course and this includes a two course meal, BYOB, course content and materials.

More information is available hereLet us know if you or anyone else you know is interested.

Imogen's Dedication

Imogen Radford is being dedicated at St Mary's Community Hall in Walkley on 23rd Feb at 3pm. Rachel and Sam will be hosting with Mosaic and would love as many people as possible to be there.

Up Coming Events

Mosaic in the Garden

We have been given the opportunity to share the up keep of an allotment in Walkley. At some point in February we will be getting busy clearing the space and making it look like something that resembles an allotment. All hands on deck for this one!

Easter and Lent at Mosaic

Easter Sunday is the 31st March this year. Mosaic will be doing something on that day but details have not been finalised.

Fire Night falls within the 1st week of Lent and so we will be having 'Ash Monday' on 11th Feb.

During Lent we will be fasting (a variety of personalised fasts) and collecting money for Besom. We will be praying about where we want the money to go in the next few weeks

Mosaic Gathering: Soul Cravings—Destiny

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It's the third of our new monthly Mosaic Gathering's this Sunday (27th). We'll be finishing off the Soul Cravings series we've been doing. This month the theme is Destiny, and we'll be exploring the following questions:

  • When you were a kid, what did you dream of becoming one day?
  • What dreams or goals do you have for your life?
  • Is there something that you sense you were meant to do?
  • What one area of yourself or your life would you like to change?
  • Do you believe a person can truly life without hope?
  • Do you believe a person can change?
  • Have you made any mistakes in the past that you wish you could go back to change?

The Mosaic Gathering will be taking place at St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley, starting at 4pm. 

The Marriage Course

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Starting on Monday February 18th, we'll be running The Marriage Course for the first time. The Marriage Course is a seven week course that is designed to help any married or co-habiting couple strengthen their relationship. The course covers topics such as:

  • Building strong foundations
  • The art of communication
  • Resolving conflict
  • The impact of family

The course is for any couple who is looking to enrich and improve their relationship with their spouse.

The Marriage Course will be held at Gertie's Cafe, 282 South Road, Walkley, starting at 7.15pm.

Each evening is designed solely for each couple to do by themselves. Whilst there will be several couples doing the course, beyond a welcome and greeting at the start, the evening is designed to be a space for each couple to enjoy alone. 

A DVD is used to facilitate conversation throughout each evening, but all conversation will only be between each couple. There are no group conversations and no couple will be expected to share anything with anyone other than their partner.

Each week includes a two course meal and couples are welcome to bring their own bottle of whatever they'd like to drink.

The cost of The Marriage Course is £30 per person / £60 per couple. This includes the seven two course meals, and all course content and materials.

If you would like any further information, or want to sign up for the course, please let us know. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Dates

The seven sessions will be on the following dates:

  • 18th February
  • 25th February
  • 4th March
  • 11th March
  • 18th March
  • 25th March
  • 1st April ( No session, Easter Monday)
  • 8th April

Mosaic in January

All you need to know about what's going on with Mosaic this January!

Sunday's

1st Sunday (6th) — Mosaic at Home
10.30am for brunch at the Radfords'.

2nd Sunday (13th) — Messy Mosaic
Ezekiel 37, The Valley of Dry Bones; God breathing new life into our dry bones for the New Year.

3rd Sunday (20th) — Mosaic Social
We'll be meeting at Starbucks in Orchard Square at 10.30 for coffee and conversation.

4th Sunday (27th) — Mosaic Gathering
St Mary's Community Parish Hall, Walkley. Looking at the last 'Soul Craving', Destiny.

Other Events This Month

Fire Night

— Monday 14th
At the Randalls' (192 Bell Hagg Road). We'll be praying and asking for vision for Mosaic in 2013.

Daytime Prayer

 — Monday Afternoons
We meet about 12.30 ish, email Mosaic or ask Natalie for more info.

Up Coming Events

The Marriage Course

7 week marriage course starting Monday 18th February. The Marriage Course is a series of sessions designed to help any married couple strengthen their relationship. The course covers subjects such as:

  • Building strong foundations 
  • The art of communication 
  • Resolving conflict
  • The impact of family

It's not just for people who feel their marriage is in 'trouble'. Ryan and I I did it last year to see what it was like and we found it surprisingly beneficial!

More info will be available soon, but let us know if you're interested.

Mosaic in the Garden

We have been given the opportunity to share the up keep of an allotment in Walkley. At some point in February we will be getting busy clearing the space and making it look like something that resembles an allotment. All hands on deck for this one!

Easter and Lent at Mosaic

  • Easter Sunday is the 31st March this year. Mosaic will be doing something on that day but details have not been finalised.
  • Fire Night falls within the 1st week of Lent and so we will be having 'Ash Monday' on 11th Feb, details to be finalised soon.
  • During Lent we will be fasting (a variety of personalised fasts) and collecting money for Besom. We will be praying about where we want the money to go in the next few weeks

Imogen's Dedication

    Imogen Radford is being dedicated at St Mary's Community Hall in Walkley on 23rd Feb at 3pm. Rachel and Sam will be hosting with Mosaic and would love as many people as possible to be there.