As mentioned, Aldridge Parish Church opened tonight between 8.30pm - 10pm to invite anyone who wanted to come and be still, quiet, reflective, and say a prayer if they wanted to, to remember James Brindley who was stabbed last night in Aldridge Village & died from his injuries.
We were OVERWHELMED with the response which was just simply wonderful & amazing to see.
We estimate towards 200 of James friends and acquaintances came together with his neighbours & family friends, to pay their respect; many lit candles & wrote in a book of remembrance. It was a privilege to be there and sense the mood of love and affection from everyone. A real feeling of 'coming together' from our Aldridge Community.
HUGE thank you to those who were able to get there.
A handout was given to everyone who came to church to help & guide us in our prayers. 'Remembering James' can be seen here http://bit.ly/2rOOD0q
Regarding the young man who was involved in a violent incident late last night in Aldridge centre which tragically led to him losing his life, we will be opening our church tonight (Saturday) between 8:30-10pm for anyone in our community who may wish to come to have a quiet space to reflect, light a candle and pray.
It is hard to imagine something like this happening in our town and we pray that we may reflect on what has happened and pull together as a community at this very sad and difficult time. We pray that God's light and comfort will shine in the darkness of people's grief and heartbreak today.
Wonderful evening service tonight. Spirit filled worship with visitors Adrian and Esther leading us.
Phil Knox from Youth for Christ spoke and was simply brilliant and challenging. To God be the glory.
Do join us for half an hour (or more) even though you may not have signed up for our 12 hour day of prayer today 8am until 8pm. You would be most welcome. GATHER and GO initiative. More details on our website www.aldridgeparish.org.uk. 'What's New'
Special visitors at APC today. Sue (Leng)Taylor from New England USA visiting her brother and sister in law, Chris and Karen. Sid and Jill Freeman too from Hereford. Brilliant to see them.
We then had a lovely Communion Service when John spoke on the next in our series on Natural Evangelism.
In his top talk, (on the website first thing tomorrow) we listen to a very powerful clip of a young woman called Kloe.
You can listen to it again on our website now.
Go to www.aldridgeparish.org.uk and select the first black drop-down box from ALDRIDGE PARISH CHURCH.
There you will see a box with ‘Curious about Christ?’ It’s there.