“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Treasure in Heaven - the Unseen Acts of Service
I love this verse from the Bible. I think I probably quote it to my children too often when I am convincing them to help out with chores! But I also know it has got me through some tough moments when I have felt pushed to my limits.
It also makes me reflect on the many people who are giving up so much of their time and energy to serve others at the moment, often in unseen ways. I know this only spotlights the tip of the iceberg. I also know the two I am about to spotlight will not welcome acknowledgement, but they really set me a wonderful example of just what goes on in the background day after day in the life of the Church.
Every Monday since November Jasper has got out of bed super early to meet me in the Aldi carpark at 7.30am - we have contended with avalanches of food off pallet trolleys in the middle of the car park, the van frozen completely shut in the snow, and endless last minute dashes around the store. He has been calm, patient, reliable and always good humoured whatever job has been thrown at him. This week he has had to “retire” to return to his studies, but I just want to acknowledge the valiant job he has done in the background week after week. Thank you Jasper!
Then to the slightly older - this week John has been spotted perched at the top of the ladder in the graveyard and on week day mornings he has been opening up the yurt and lighting the stove so it’s nice and toasty when families arrived.
So, thank you Lord for ALL the wonderful volunteers in the background, their dedication and acts of service which whilst they may not be acknowledged bring you great pleasure.
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Easter Day, Sunday 4th April, 10.30am
Family Service in church
Sorry if you didn't get on last Monday. Technical hitches all sorted now (hopefully!)
We'd like to offer the opportunity, for anyone who would like to join us online, to pause at midday of every weekday in Lent and engage in 15 minutes of Lectio Divina. We'll listen to a passage of Scripture being read slowly two or three times, taking note of any specific words or phrases that God spotlights to us as being particularly relevant to our lives in that moment.
Do join us as often as you would like. There’ll always be someone leading a session, Mondays to Fridays from Ash Wednesday (17th February) up to the Easter weekend itself.
If you're looking to completely understand the book of Revelation... well, good luck with that! This book doesn't promise to give all the answers but it does give fascinating insights into some of the the background, people, culture and symbolism of Revelation as the author travels to Patmos, Smyrna, Pergamum and the five other churches looking for answers.
Half study, half travel-diary, this quirky little book left me amused, challenged and having a few mini-revelations of my own.
Everyone has questions about what life is all about. We believe that everyone should have a chance to share those questions, explore the Christian faith and give their point of view.
Alpha is a place where you can ask those questions in an honest, friendly and open environment.
In recent months at St Mary's, God has been extending our vision to serve the town in an exciting, ambitious and creative way at a time of substantially increasing need for many within our community...
So many people in our community feel the weight of debt, and we are passionate about helping to release anyone we can from a life sentence of debt and poverty. At St Mary's we are working with Christians Against Poverty to bring good news, hope and freedom. If you need support, we'd love to hear from you.