Although there was a Church Service on Saturday 14 September 2019 in St. Peter’s Church as usual at 11am, there is no report from this Service. A number of ladies (including those who do the weekly report for Watford) were at the Luton Ladies Day, and here is a report from the activity:

2019 LUTON LADIES DAY

The day began with morning coffee before we moved into the Church where Daria Fowler, the organiser, welcomed everyone and opened in prayer before introducing Gill Goode to lead the hymns, accompanied by Shirley McLean on the saxophone as well as the audio from CDs.

Our first speaker was Maggie Mitchell entitled ‘I Think I Can, I think I Can—Believing in Yourself,’ and she began with a clip of ‘The Little Train Who Could.’Her talk about Self-Efficacy was very education and helpful and encouraged us to visualize our goals, plan action to achieve them and to develop self-efficacy by mastering through practice and following examples. Maggie handed out a questionnaire to help us focus on how positive we are about our abilities, and read some encouraging scriptures such as Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Our next speaker was a Chiropractor, Christian Caswell, who told us his story. He explained the difference between chiropractors and osteopaths. Chiropractic does not focus on the muscles but on the spine and nervous system. Improving brain communication is key to good health and the spine is the channel for the nervous system. Bad posture affects brain communication to the body.  Christian said he is not a healer—the body heals itself [and as we know, God heals where the body cannot]. He used volunteers to demonstrate good posture and how the brain communicates.

After another hymn and a prayer, everyone enjoyed a wonderful buffet lunch. There is no charge for attending the Ladies’ Day but contributions are appreciated to cover expenses. After lunch we reconvened and after a prayer, Portia Brathwaite led a hymn.

The topic of Nancy Silcox’ talk was ‘Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee.’ She used three inspirational stories to encourage the ladies with another way to view the trials and stresses of life. Following Nancy’s talk there was a piece of Special Music—a group of ladies sang ‘What Is Love’ and following this Daria gave a Reading about ‘The Worry Machine.’

Our final speaker was Shirley McLean, entitled ‘From Duet To Solo.’ After a bereavement we need to work out who we are. A new chapter and season of life begins. James 4:13-17 says we don’t know what will happen tomorrow but look for God’s will. Each bereavement is unique and impacts people differently, but regardless of this, you are not the same person anymore.  Bereavement is not something you ‘get over’ but something you ‘get through.’ Keeping Jesus as the centre of our lives and knowing about the resurrection helps us to cope.

A final hymn and closing prayer ended the 17th Ladies Day in Luton, where around 30 ladies attended and enjoyed a day of fellowship, worship, instruction, encouragement and inspiration. Daria announced next years’ Luton Ladies Day will be on 12 September 2020.

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