Picture of the week: Enjoying "no-mess painting" at a trial session of baby group "Mini Moments" this week.
Physical Sunday services are back!
We're so pleased to announce that physical Sunday services are back, starting this Sunday, 4th October at the new time of 10.30am.
With you, we'll be finding new and different ways to worship and discovering what does and doesn't work during this season. Whether you attend in person, or watch on the livestream you'd be so welcome to join us.
Physical Sunday Services are back: starting 4 October 2020 at the new time of 10.30am
Ablaze will be running in the Trinity Room but only for those in school years 7 and 8. For those in year 9 and above we’d love them to be part of the main worship of the church, but they'll also be able to catch up in person during the week.
Younger children will need to sit in the pews with you for our Sunday services. We don't underestimate the challenge that this brings and we know that this is far from ideal. Sadly we’ve had to remove all the toys and books from the children’s corner. So you may want to bring your own entertainment for little ones.
We're so looking forward to seeing you all, and gathering to worship God together.
A WEEK OF PRAYER: SETTING A WATCH
Setting a watch' (Habakkuk 2:1)
I mentioned last week that God has been needling me about the need for us to raise the level of our prayer as our Building to Service project gathers momentum.
Whenever his kingdom advances, we can expect spiritual opposition, and the only defence we have against that is prayer. For that reason, this week we’ll be holding a week of prayer, ‘setting a watch’ morning and evening, and we’d love you all to take a stand with us.
We’ve chosen this week in particular, because next Sunday, as part of our Harvest thanksgiving for God’s provision for each of us, and also so that the church family can really start to get financially behind the exciting things that God is preparing for us, we’ll be having a Gift Day.
More detail will follow about the specifics of that but for now, throughout the week leading up to it, please join us on Zoom to pray at either 6am or 6pm on any (or all) of Monday 5th to Sunday 11th.
Topic: 'Setting a Watch' prayer time
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
God was shining his light on us this week as a group of women we have been supporting gathered for a 'flower crown' workshop. We were generously hosted by Amanda Ponsonby at the beautiful Sarsden Glebe and enjoyed a tour of her kitchen garden which she explained she has built up over 20 years and has provided her a real therapeutic outlet especially at times of trauma.
The small group of women that we invited have all faced hardship and challenges in their lives, especially over the past year, and have struggled with their mental health. This was an opportunity to spend a couple of hours absorbed in doing something creative and special for themselves. The sun shone on us and led by Helen Pooley, who kindly provided a wonderful array of flowers and greenery from her Wilder Flower Farm, the women created 'flower crowns' and small posies. Helen's vibrant encouragement put all the women at ease, there was real fellowship amongst the group, and the results were stunning.
Everyone left with smiles on their faces and agreed that being able to do something together with 'actual people' was extremely precious. One woman said to me as we left: "That has lifted me more than anything has done in months!" Thank you so much to Amanda and Helen, and Emma and Abbie who provided childcare.
FIRST PRIORITY PRAYER
Prayer is the engine room of the church! As well as morning and evening prayer meetings, next week brings us the opportunity to join our voices with with other churches in the area, via Zoom, at First Priority Prayer on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm.
We look forward to seeing a record-breaking number of you!
Topic: NCGP Prayer Meeting
Time: Oct 7, 2020 07:30 PM London
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AT HOME WITH...THE FURLONGS
Not being in the same building each Sunday, we miss those opportunities to catch five minutes with someone to find out how they are and what they've been up to.
Philippa, who has been involved with St. Mary's for many years, shares with us about her family, the quirks of the church visuals systems, and how singing in a choir doesn't have to stop when you can't meet physically!
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Alpha is a place where you can ask those questions in an honest, friendly and open environment.
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