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NEWS FROM ST MARY'S CHURCH

Picture of the week: Enjoying "no-mess painting" at a trial session of baby group "Mini Moments" this week.
Dear Friends

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
 
In person or livestreamed on our YouTube channel
 
Click here to see what's different since Covid
Our youth and children's groups are a bit more limited than we'd ideally like, but we still have some great sessions planned for most ages.

There will be One Way for children aged 3 - 11 in the Parish Rooms. It will look a little different from normal, but our Children's Worker, Rebekah is working hard to make sure everyone has fun. 
More information about Children's provision
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.
More information about Youth provision
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.
-James
 

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FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP

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! 


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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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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

'How to Pray' by Pete Greig

Recommended by Emma & Hannah

Jesus’ disciples, people who followed his every step and word, still had to ask for help. Imagine that. Asking how to pray can be intimidating. In fact, asking for help in any circumstance is scary. 

And who would you ask, anyway? 

Written for normal people, How to Pray is a simple guide to prayer that fills in the blanks you have.

Pete Greig sees prayer as the basis for everything. He is the founder of the 24/7 Prayer movement, a collection of people who decided that prayer should never have a pause button.

How to Pray
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