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New upcoming events at All Saints’ Church in Puerto de la Cruz 

A few weeks ago I went to the cinema to see an American comedy called “Book Club”. I chose it because my Spanish teacher assured me that foreign films dubbed in Spanish are easier to understand than Spanish language ones and because I thought it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t understand everything anyway – the plot lines were pretty obvious.

So it proved and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, both picking up a little more Spanish and watching the antics of ladies of a certain age who had paid rather too much attention to the book their little group had chosen to read together (“Fifty Shades of Grey” – this is not a recommendation).

The film reminded me too of reading groups that I have been part of at different times in my life. Although I have never been a member of a group that got through quite so much white wine as the characters in the film, the women’s interaction, their loyalty to one another and their longstanding friendship seemed fairly typical. The pleasure of reading the same thing and discussing it in some depth brings people together in a way that few other activities do. I remember with fondness a reading group in Oxford that included two Professors of English among its members, and another very different one, where just talking about a book, rather than looking for its deeper meaning, was a novelty for everyone taking part. Groups find their own level and friendships blossom.

This is all by way of advertising our fortnightly Bible reading group. Around a dozen of us meet in the church garden at 11.15am on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the month for about an hour. You don’t have to be a member of the church to take part – it has been lovely to have holiday-makers join us – nor do you have to come every time. We are looking at different episodes in St John’s Gospel, and each session is self-contained. Nor do you have to have any specialist knowledge of the Bible. We find our way through the text together and it is both fun and enlightening, as everyone finds that they have a contribution to make. The next ones are on 14 and 28 November. Do come.

Other upcoming events include:

Wednesday 31 October, 11.00 am A joint Anglican-Lutheran service to celebrate Reformation Day;

Friday 2 November, 10.00 am All Souls’ Day service – an opportunity to remember loved ones;

Thursdays 8 and 22 November, 5.30 pm, Taizé worship.

A reminder of our other service times: Sundays, 9.30 am (a quiet traditional service of Holy Communion) and 11.00 am (our main sung Communion service); Wednesdays, 10.00 am (Holy Communion).

Chaplain: The Revd Dr Paula Clifford

Tel: 922 38 40 38; Email: paulaclifford4@gmail.com