People in our church are so generous! This week Gina and I have had the immense privilege of collating all of your pledges so far. Thank you! We're humbled and so grateful for your generosity, and we know that all of your gifts, from the greatest to the seemingly smallest, touch the heart of God.
If you've made a pledge then Gina will be in touch shortly (or she may already have been) to let you know what to do next.
We know that some of you may need more time to pray and make calculations before making your pledge. There's still time to do that, so we won't be announcing our Gift Day total just yet, and we've attached the leaflet and form for you in case you need it.
"For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
2 Corinthians 8:12
GIFT DAY... 1833
At St. Mary’s we have an exciting vision to serve our community in an ambitious and creative way, at a time of increasing need for many.
In the 18th and 19th centuries God moved churches to invest in building schools and hospitals, as well as the almshouses, and generations later, many of our children continue to reap the benefit of their efforts.
Here Emily shares with us a Gift Day that her family were involved with, near Chipping Norton, over 180 years ago, and explores how the actions of our forebears can inspire us today.
We are very excited that we are starting a new CAP Life Skills course after half term. Life Skills is a friendly group where members learn skills to live the pressures of daily life. It is a great course for people who want real ways to save money, time and hassle. It also helps people grow in confidence and improve relationships and wellbeing.
Members are also offered 1:1 coaching with a trained life skills coach to help set achievable goals or work through any areas where they are particularly struggling. If you think you or someone you know might benefit from this do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
Jean with the teddy bears she has made that will go in the Christmas shoeboxes
A small shoebox can have a big impact! Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world. All you need to do is collect a leaflet and an empty shoebox from the church and fill it with toys, stationery and other gifts, to make an amazing present for a child who may otherwise go without. You can also donate single items for us to add to boxes.
Please bring your filled boxes to the Church Office or to church before Sun 8th November. After 9th November the shoeboxes will be packed off on their way to their recipients, so make sure you don't miss the deadline!
What is the Electoral Roll? The church’s Electoral Roll is the register of its voting members; it is a list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Electoral rolls provide an indication of the membership and strength of the church.
Who can be on the electoral Roll? Baptised adults (over 16 years) who live in the parish, or who have worshipped regularly at St. Mary’s for at least six months and are committed to being part of the life of the local Church of England congregation.
Why Join? Enrolment is a way of saying....“I belong”. For us it is an act of commitment to St. Mary’s Church and the church as a whole.
If you'd like to join the Electoral Roll please email email@example.com for a form.
BIBLICAL JUSTICE: A NCGC EVENT
Biblical Justice - A North Cotswolds Gospel Coalition event
On 22nd October 2020 at 7.30pm, Helkias Mapimhidze, minister in the Gloucester Diocese, will be hosting a discussion on how to think Biblically about justice. The recent BLM riots have brought the issues of justice to the fore, and unfortunately, many Christians have struggled to understand what true justice looks like.
The good news is that the Bible has much to say about justice and Helkias will argue that without the Bible, it is impossible to attain true justice. True justice helps society flourish and most importantly, it has important implications on how we should understand the gospel of God’s grace.
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.