coffee, cake & chat


A lovely, festive Saturday morning was enjoyed by all who attended the Refuge women’s coffee morning last weekend. As usual, the Refuge ladies brought a delicious selection of home-baking (a benefit of belonging to such an artisanal church family). The morning opened with acapella singing of a couple of age-old hymns—there is something singularly beautiful about the simplicity of unaccompanied voices being offered up in worship to God. 


Thereafter, Marion shared her powerful story of how God drew her to Himself at a young age and how He has walked beside her through both wonderful seasons and more difficult ones. It was a testimony that really displayed how He has been her companion throughout her life and satisfied so many desires in her heart.


Afterwards, Libby shared from 1 Corinthians 7 about being a godly, single woman—about viewing both marriage and singleness as gifts from God. We learned that whichever gift God has given to us, we are to learn to serve Him with wholehearted devotion. Following on from this teaching, small groups formed to discuss these things further and to pray for one another. It was a moving time of honesty and experiencing the power of sharing with one another; and praying together. God is faithful, and there was a sense of His presence in the meeting: encouraging; comforting; and building up His Church. We are grateful to God for the sincere friendships He has provided among the ladies at Refuge.

Each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
[...] The unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit [...] I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
— 1 Corinthians 7:7b,34a,35