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ST. MARY'S MATTERS

Volunteers putting together the final Easter packs
Dear Friends
More even than Christmas, Easter gives us incredible cause to celebrate...

This year, our reasons for celebrating are perhaps even more obvious than usual, with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the new lease of life promised by the vaccination roll-out giving us short term hope and a sense of victory over an invisible enemy. In some small way, as we enjoy the new freedoms that they bring, may those things mirror to us the infinitely greater significance of the victory that Jesus won for us over death and the power of sin through his death and resurrection. 

This morning, being 1st April, as I spoke at our Maundy Thursday service I reflected on just how foolish the events of that first Holy Week must have appeared to Judas and so many other people looking on from the wings… But hidden in the apparent folly of the cross was a deeper wisdom than anyone could have imagined at the time. It’s only with hindsight that we can now recognise that it was only through the events of that first Easter, in surrendering himself in our place - the lamb who took away the sins of the world - that could God ever truly deliver us and wash us clean of the guilt of all our failings: foolishness to those who are perishing, but the power of God to us who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18).

May that power of the cross and Jesus’ resurrection reframe everything in our lives and help us never again to be April Fools… Instead, may it lead us to rejoice in all circumstances in the freedom bought for us by the blood of the lamb - that promise of God which can never be taken from us once we have humbly received it. 

Happy Easter! 
-James

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Luke 24:5-6,9,11-12

Easter Day

Easter Day, Sunday 4th April, 8am
Holy Communion in church

 

Easter Day, Sunday 4th April, 10.30am
Family Communion in church

 

 

First Priority Prayer

Following so soon after Easter, there will be no First Priority Prayer on 7th April. However, everyone is welcome to join "Setting a Watch" at 6am and 6pm each day.
 

Sundays

 

Regular in-person services resume on 25 April

 
On 11th and 18th April we'll be posting a Virtual Sunday video on our website and YouTube channel.
 

Thursday Services

 

Services resume on 22 April. Everyone over 18 is most welcome.

 

Prayer meetings

 

Setting a Watch

Over the Easter period there may be no-one officially "leading" the prayer sessions, but everyone is so welcome to continue to use the link to pray for half an hour each day at 6am and 6pm.

Building to Serve Prayer Meeting

Continues every Monday at 12.00, via Zoom

SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE!

Last week Hannah explained how excited and privileged we were to have been chosen as one of Kintsugi Hope's 'Hero Churches' as part of the 'Give Hope' campaign being run through Lent by Stewardship and Your Neighbour.  

As part of this venture, some of the team have made this great little video celebrating some of the ways we've been sharing the love of Jesus over the last months.
St. Marys' Give Hope Video

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION

On Good Friday, 2 April, we invite you to spend time in quiet prayer and reflection.

The church will be open from 12noon until 3pm with periodic readings, prayers, music and silence. We'd love you to come for all or part of the time, choosing when you arrive and leave. 

YOUTH BBQ AND WALK

If you're in Youth then there is a barbecue and walk, meeting at the Vicarage on Good Friday 2 April and running 12 noon until 4pm.

It's an outdoor event so bring a decent coat and footwear as well as a chair or blanket to sit on. (If it's very rainy we'll have to postpone.) 

Covid restrictions apply so it is essential that you let Joel know that you're intending to come. Please also let Joel know any dietary requirements. Thank you!

Email: Joel.reed@stmaryscnorton.com

Phone: 07534 439472

Contact Joel

EASTER FAMILY COMMUNION

We're so delighted to be able to invite you back into the church building on Easter Day 4 April to celebrate together.

Our family Communion service starts at 10.30am and everyone is invited. Whether you're new, well-known, visiting, arriving on your own, or with energetic children in tow, we'd so love to see you!

MINI MOVERS EASTER PARTY

On Wednesday 7th April at 10.30am we are having an Easter Party for all babies and children up to Year 6. It will be on Zoom and is promised to be a jammed packed activity session, with something for everyone.

You are welcome to come along as a family and it will be great to spend some time celebrating together. I can't wait to see you!
-Bekah
Contact Bekah for the Zoom link

ALPHA

These times have raised some pretty big questions for us all. It may be that you, or someone you know, has got questions about life, death, the future, God and…well, everything.

We’re running Alpha Online; a chance to watch a video about some of the questions around the Christian faith, and then chat about it together online.

If you know someone who might be interested, perhaps you could point them in the direction of our website  to find out more.

Then ask them to get in touch, so we can send the Zoom link: office@stmaryscnorton.com or 01608 646202.

Alpha starts Monday 26th April. Meet at 7:30pm to watch the 20ish minute video. Or watch the video beforehand and join at 8:00pm to discuss.

WE'RE RECRUITING!

Are you passionate about transforming the church to engage in a digital era?

St Mary’s Chipping Norton is looking for a creative and motivated Design and Communications Officer (Part-time, 10-14hrs/week).

  • to join our supportive team at an exciting time of new opportunity for the church;
  • to help us to use different media to further our mission to Live IN God’s Love and to Live OUT God’s love;
  • to develop both internal and external communications;
  • to help us to establish a more solid digital foundation for our ministries.

Please click on the links below to download a Role Description and Application Form 


Applications to be returned to:

St Mary's Church Office, Church Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NT, Telephone:  01608 646202. Email:  emily.oshea@stmaryscnorton.com


Click here for Role Description

Click here to download Application form

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SETTING A WATCH

During the Easter period there may be no-one officially "leading" each session, but you're so welcome to use the link to keep meeting and praying each day.

We'll be continuing to meet to pray via Zoom at 6am and 6pm daily for Building to Serve, as well as our world, nation, community, church and each other.

Topic: 'Setting a Watch' prayer time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98265036092?pwd=VEZqNEl5K0t2T1NYU1k0OXBkV0NIUT09

Meeting ID: 982 6503 6092
Passcode: SetAWatch

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a1VRI10kA

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

More than just a walking route: Virtual Pilgrimage combines beautiful photos, prayers, reflections and local information.

The Chadlington – Spelsbury virtual pilgrimage has now been updated with new prayers for 2021. During the Easter holidays is a great time to go, as the wood anemones are in bloom and looking lovely!  (There are still a few patches of mud to creep round, so anyone walking in reality needs to be suitably shod.)
Virtual Pilgrimages
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