In October this year we started our very first English conversation class, the idea was for us to add something more to the community here in Lima besides our book sales and Christmas bazaar.
One of our English leaders who is a retired teacher says he could not resist in offering to help as it was a great way for us to interact with the community and he has found the students really appreciative, he says "Some of the students even bring cakes and sandwiches to have with the coffee and tea. This enthusiasm encourages you to do your best for the students."
Each session varies in topic and activity but the main objective is that the students will practice and build confidence in their spoken English, as well as enhancing listening, pronunciation skills and building up vocabulary then being able to transfer these new words into everyday English. Even though the classes are attached to the Anglican Church this fact is not mentioned and religion is not mentioned at all during classes. And as a bonus the teachers are native from England and the USA!
Our students have various reason for learning English, whilst many require it for their career, others have grandchildren in English schools then some just want to learn to be fluent for travel. One said "As soon as I come into the classroom I completely disconnect from the world, I am totally enjoying my class", and another said "I enjoy everything about the class, we are like a family. I feel totally comfortable".
As well as the classes, the students were invited to join us for a thanksgiving potluck dinner in November. We had over 40 of them join us, it was a wonderful evening.
We ended the year for a Christmas break and so many of our students came along with some amazing treats!
We are so happy everyone is enjoying the classes, we hope they continue for a long while! If you or someone you know wants to improve their English, tell them to come along!
Classes for 2019 continue on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10am-12noon from 2nd January
Inspirational short story and article taken from our christmas magazine 2018
As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her Alarm clock didn't go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One's car wouldn't start.
One couldn't get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic ,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
This is exactly where the universe wants me to be at this very moment...
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong,
The children are slow at getting dressed
You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It may be just that
Love and the universe is at work watching over you.
May Good luck continue to bless you, with all those annoying little things
And may you remember their possible purpose.
.....and a personal story.
One day during the war my mother took me out to tea. The bombing started early but it quietened down and we decided to go home and said our goodbyes. But then little Jean decided she wanted to say goodbye all over again so we delayed 5 minutes more. Halfway home we heard a swish and a bomb exploded before reaching us. We crouched down behind a fence; the air filled with sound and light as a basket of incendiaries came pouring down just the other side of the fence. An excited Jean called out, "pretty lights! pretty lights!" Mum was less thrilled. When we continued on home we found that the first bomb had fallen into the very road that we would have turned into at the wrong moment; all that was left was a mass of broken bricks. All because I said goodbye again. Both Mum and I hope we have used our second chance well.
Article taken from our christmas magazine 2018
“Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner”. (That’s how I started a previous article called ‘The Meaning of Christmas’)
Yet, for many of us it could be a difficult time because we are away from our home and family. We are away from our culture, our friends, our people, our language, our slang and our traditions. We could even sing Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’ substituting the word ‘you’ for the name of our country. So, what do we do now? We’ve got an emotional crisis going on, in a way sometimes related to what we know as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). I remember my first semester in college. I moved from cozy warm Venezuela to cold snowy Buffalo, NY. It did affect me a lot! Last year I was also away from home and this Christmas I won’t be able to go back either. Therefore I understand what you may be feeling while being away from your home these holidays, but I also know how we can let this sadness not affect us. Hence, I’m going to share with you a few tips that can help you not only clear your mind, but also feel better and enjoy the wonderful meaning of Christmas wherever you are.
1 Christmas is about ‘love’ and ‘sharing’. Once you acknowledge that, you will start feeling the Christmas spirit all over, which will make you feel joyful and connect emotionally with those around you.
2 ‘Home’ is where your heart is. And if you are away from your home country, make the present country you are in your home. Love the place you are living in, embrace it and enjoy the beautiful details it has to offer. Once your heart is connected, your emotions will be positive.
3 Talk to your community. We are here to be your friend and also your family. Some of us are away from our home towns too, yet, we all enjoy the time together and help each other out to feel at ‘home’.
4 Don’t drink too much: Alcohol is a known depressant and it’s better to have a clear mind. Go for long walks, exercise, connect with the nature and start feeling fresh. With a clear mind everything is better.
5 When you feel sad and weak…pray! Prayer takes you to a moment of relaxation where you can connect with God and your inner self. May I suggest Psalm 62? I read it every time I’m feeling down and miss my beloved Venezuela.
Remember that the Christmas spirit is a connection with God that you carry in your heart, and as long as you are connected to Him you will carry happiness anywhere you go. Hard times may come some times, but God is with us through them all.
Nico Perez Rojas
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9
Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner.
We start to think about the gifts we’ll be getting for our family members and friends as well as the days off that some of us will be having. Christmas season is beautiful: the decorated trees, the music, the snow (in some countries), the shopping, THE FOOD and most important THE PRESENTS! Isn’t that what defines ‘Christmas’ after all?
Some of you may answer “Yes!” and some of you may answer “Hmm…not entirely”.
So what do we know about the meaning of Christmas then?
Christmas is about Jesus Christ, our Lord. It’s about Him and the main changes in the years to come since the day of His birth. When I think of Christmas I think about love and sharing, because God represents love and the community represents sharing. We are forgetting who we are because we live in a community where everyone keeps everything to themselves and don’t express their emotions. We are lacking identity and therefore everything that surrounds us is a material concept of love and sharing.
Fortunately, it only takes a few seconds for our brains to realize the true meaning of Christmas, because once we develop a concept, make it conscious and believe in it, we will act up and follow that path. Our first community started with only twelve people and through love and sharing grew to hundreds of thousands. Which makes you think, are we just numbers in the world or are we human beings who can share and love? Are we a simple individual in an empty territory or something else?
This Christmas let us spread LOVE with our community and SHARE with everyone this amazing feeling, because it is through Jesus Christ our Lord that we have learned the meaning of those two important words. The decorated trees, the music, the shopping, the food and the presents are just part of the celebration of Jesus’ birth, who taught us valuable lessons that we should keep in both our heart and mind.
Nico Perez Rojas
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:16-18
Our annual Christmas Bazzar went off very smoothly this year thanks to the hard work of many people in the background. And the takings of about S/20 000 was a welcome boost to cathedral funds. We managed to shift a quite remarkable amount of jumble, but less of the comestibles than we had panned for. As of the carol service, there were still Christmas puddings available. I also have the two period Peruvian pictures that were donated to the church in my office. We are looking for $100 each for those...But, overall, well done the congregations and it was great to see visitors getting involved as well. Fr mark.
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A huge thank you to all our volunteers and stall holders. You help us make this event what it is
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!