Church cares for spiritual and physical

ACTIVITIES for body and mind are now on offer at a Morpeth church.

New Life Christian Centre in Dacre Street has resumed its Wednesday Community Day, following a summer break.

Having started as a lunch club in 2009, it has now developed into a programme of events and sessions, predominantly aimed at pensioners, which run throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

From 10am to noon, specially designed courses from UK Online for people of all ages are run in the well-equipped computer suite to suit a range of needs, from those who have never touched a computer before to people looking to brush up on their skills.

Students learn at their own pace and Steve and Heather Belleguelle are on hand to help. Booking is essential as places are limited and the cost is £1.50 per hour.

In the main church worship hall from 10.30am to 11.30am, Gerry Cushnahan teaches an Extend class, which is movement to music for over 60s.

The experienced Age UK qualified teacher will guide participants through gentle seated and standing exercises. The price for the class is £2.

For those who would like some relaxation or to ease their aches and pains, Deborah Moore offers holistic therapies, such as reflexology and Indian head massage, throughout the morning.

A two-course hot lunch is served at 12.15pm and people can then sit in the living room area and have a chat. There is a suggested donation of £2.50 for lunch and booking is essential.

New Life Minister Mike Willis said: “After the floods in 2008 we provided a place where people could come together socially and our Community Day has taken this further.

“We now have a range of activities to keep body and mind active and our lunch is very well attended, particularly by those who have lost their husband or wife. It’s grown and grown since we started and hopefully we can put on more things in the future.”

For more information or to make a booking, telephone the church office on 01670 511778. To find out about prices and make appointments with the holistic therapist call 07588 021215.