In time it is hoped that we will together develop the content and style of this Parish News. But for now, with the constraints on time and resources we have, I hope you will tolerate my simple attempts to pass on some news in this way.
The plan is we will send a PARISH NEWS (posted on the website, emailed out and printed and posted specifically for those identified by the Pastoral Team as not having access to email) on a Monday each week, as often as is humanly possible. I will also be doing my best to ‘present’ the notices at each of the services on Sunday mornings in the churches (so they can be heard online as part of our regular streamed services and in person as well when we are able to once again come together to worship).
If you would like something specifically mentioned in the Parish News, then please do email me at email@example.com. However, we do hold editorial control so no rude jokes (no names mentioned) or adverts for winning raffle tickets for sale please.
SERVICES IN THE PARISH THIS WEEK.
St Mary’s 9am – Communion Service – Public Worship (restricted numbers) (and Livestreamed)
St John’s 11am – Communion Service – Public Worship (restricted numbers)
To Book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nikki (the Parish Administrator) on 07720 089260. Please note that we will need to allocate seats and on a first come first served basis (but priority will be given for the next weeks service to anyone who we were unable to accommodate).
THE READING FOR THE 9am and 11am SERVICE 18th July
Mark 6: 30-34 53 to end
Both services will be led by Revd Barry Johnson and I (Nik) will be preaching.
A HUGE THANK YOU
A huge thank you to all the children in our church family. They have been a true example of resilience, taught us how to show Joy, shone a light into the dark moments, raised us up when we felt down and distracted us when we were in danger of becoming bored.
They are a true blessing to this church, this parish and this world. So please do hold them all in your thoughts and prayers this week.
This course has proved popular, and I intend to repeat the course very soon and possibly during the day. So, if anyone is yet to express an interest in attending the course then please do let me know.
We intend to open St Marys Church as a drop-in Tea Room over the Summer Holidays, hopefully on a Wednesday day time. If you would like to volunteer, to make tea and coffee, bake cakes, welcome people etc it is not too late to offer so please just let myself or Eddy the Evangelist know.
Some advanced notice so that you can put the date in your diaries. Eddy our Evangelist will be holding an Outreach Meeting on Saturday 24th July at 10.30am.
The Parish Walk will once again be hold on the 24th July meeting outside St Johns Church at 9.30am.
MOVING TO ‘NORMAL’
We have all been so patient and I know that we are all hoping and praying things can get back to normal on the 19th. But please do know that whilst as a church we too are desperate to get things back to normal, we must do things in a measured way to ensure that we meet all the rules and more importantly continue to do all we can to protect and care for each other.
I hope and pray that I will be able to offer a little more information about what will and will not be possible in the Notices next Sunday as we need to wait until the government publishes it’s specific guidance for places of worship, the Church of England produce its National response to the guidance and the Diocese let us know. Please do be patient for hopefully just a little while longer.
Please also remember that we might not be able to do all that we once did and much will depend on people volunteering to continue with tasks they did before the pandemic and new people also stepping up.
I am working hard at the moment to discover who did what and who is able to continue that work and also identify tasks that we need to fill. So please if you did tasks for the church before COVID and would like to continue please do contact me. Also, a little pre-warning I will be asking for volunteers for other tasks in the very near future.
PRAYER MINISTRY TEAM IN CHURCH
I am very pleased to let you know that from last week, it is hoped that a member (or members) of the Prayer Ministry Team will be available in the Chapel at St Johns after our public worship services on a Sunday and whenever possible a member of the Prayer Ministry will also be available at the end of the Sunday service at St Mary’s.
WEEKLY PRAYER FROM THE PRAYER MINISTRY TEAM
Lord, thank you for all you do in our lives
We are truly grateful for your provision for us
From our friends to our family, you are always blessing us in ways we cannot imagine
We feel blessed today Lord as we lift up our Church to you
It is the place we go to worship you
Where we learn about you
We ask your blessings on our Church
We ask that people will come forward to fill in the vacancies that we have
That those with any musical ability will come forward for our St Johns music group
Most of all we ask you Lord, to bless us with the resources to fulfil your mission for our Church
And that you give us the ability to be great stewards over those resources and that you guide our hand in using them
In the name of Jesus
It has been a week of real contrasts. A week full of hope, a week with disappointment, with challenges and with so many blessings. At times many of us may have felt out of control, simply spectators and at other times been called upon to lead, take decisions and consequences.
But throughout it all we have been unified, proud to be part of a team, part of a family, part of the most amazing journey. A journey of transformation, of belonging, purpose and love. Together we have been and will continue to be children of Christ, a Church of One Body, One Mission and one true goal to love and be beloved.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this week, know you are loved and we are praying for and with you all.
God Bless you all