If you had to choose one word to sum up Monday People it would be ‘Fun’. Monday People is a Church especially for adults who have learning difficulties and their carers.
“The aim is to enable them to learn, to worship, and to form friendships in an informal meeting.” said Mary Carpenter, one of Monday People’s helpers.
During the meetings, the short service uses very simple images and ideas, but the power of the message is in no way diluted.
As many of the senses are brought into play as possible.
“We use a total communication system,” said David Quinnell who, with his wife Nancy, are group leaders.
“We are very visual, we sign with Makaton and we use the spoken and written word. We also find that food breaks down barriers.”
The Monday People service held on October 27 was a celebration of the Harvest Festival.
The meeting started with joyful singing which was a favourite with several of the Monday People.
“I like singing hymns,” said Kathryn, 16, the youngest member of the group. “Jesus Is The King Of Heaven is my favourite.”
The harvest celebration continued with some strange looking fruit and vegetables being identified and a taste session of homemade bread and different fruit.
David had baked some tasty samples for everyone to try. With tomato, cheese and herb, and fried onion flavours there was a lot to see, smell and taste.
Food is always a part of the service and helper Lesley King often brings home made cakes and treats.
Michael voted the food the best part of the service.
“It’s all very good,” he said, “but the best bit is the food. I like praying for people but I like the cakes and bread too.”
Monday People is run by Woodley Airfield Church at the CofE School in Hurricane Way, Woodley.
“The school’s head teacher has been very positive and always encouraged us to use the school building.” said Nancy, who is a Methodist Lay Preacher.
Monday People have been worshipping for four years: “we have been enormously blessed.” said Mary.
“We have had a lot of fun as well as seeing our members growing in their faith and their understanding of the Gospel.”
Information about Monday People can be found on its website.
New members are always welcome, if you want to find out more please contact Nancy Quinnell, on 0118 926 8590 for further details.