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A picnic story

A picnic storyI expect we don’t realise that by being in a church we make friends, find someone to talk to and to pray with, be there when we’re in need, have fun, spend time with each other, be known and accepted, have opportunities to contribute, and be told that we’re loved and of value. What an amazing experience and demonstration of community life.

As Riversiders we have access to all of the above richness and more. We sometimes take such blessings for granted.

Our neighbours loved the ‘Big Lunch’ as they crave community and say they feel isolated. Riverside Community Groups can reach out to others, as well as be there for members.

On 14th July our community group (Alcester Road South) (and as it happened, the Stirchley community group) took the opportunity to have a relaxed picnic lunch together. We found a fabulously lush, shady place in Kings Heath Park. The gloriously sunny weather didn’t put some of us off from playing boules, croquet, frisbee….chatting.   It was a great opportunity for us to be friendly and have fun with anyone who cared to join in, whatever their age.

It was good to do, easy and natural. Everyone had a place.