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ST. MARY'S MATTERS

 

WELLBEING SPECIAL

Kintsugi Hope craft-along packs ready for delivery
Dear Friends

"If you haven't got anything good to say then don't say anything at all", goes the saying. I'm not sure this is always good advice though.

One important theme of Kintsugi Hope (the mental wellbeing course that we're running at church) is honesty and the principle that "It's OK not to be OK". Often we worry about saying how we really feel, fearing we might burden others with our problems, or change how people perceive us. But the kindness of people's reactions when we are honest can sometimes surprise us.

If it's important to be honest with trusted friends and colleagues, how much more so with God.

In Job chapter 9, Job rages at God, holding nothing back, with a passionate tirade of awe, accusation and hurt. God has multiplied his wounds and taken away even his sunlight. Job's unflinching outpouring isn't condemned by God; but by journeying through the pain together with God, rather than freezing God out, Job brushes against incredible truth, crying out for someone who can mediate between God and man.

By being honest and open with God, Job allows God to take him to a new place - one where, even in the centre of darkness and confusion, he's able to cry out with conviction "I know that my redeemer lives" and to see God and the whole of his creation with a dizzying new vision.

He would crush me with a storm
    and multiply my wounds for no reason.
He would not let me catch my breath
    but would overwhelm me with misery.
If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!
    And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?

If only there were someone to mediate between us,
    someone to bring us together,
someone to remove God’s rod from me,
    so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Then I would speak up without fear of him,
    but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

Job 9:17-19, 33-35

 

Sunday Services

Sunday services in church are on pause until further notice.
Each Sunday we'll be posting a Virtual Sunday video on our website and YouTube channel.
 

Thursday Services

On pause until further notice
 

Setting a Watch

Continues daily at 6am and 6pm, via Zoom

Building to Serve Prayer Meeting

Continues every Monday at noon, via Zoom

HELP YOURSELF TO SOME WELLBEING!

How is everyone doing? This is likely a tough season for all of us as we collectively deal with extra pressure, fatigue, uncertainty and sadness during this Covid winter. That being the case we need to take even more care of ourselves and our wellbeing.

In the first lockdown we focused on producing craft bags for the children, providing them with ideas, activities, fun and practical tips. But there probably isn't an adult among us who couldn't do with a similar boost right now!

That's why, this time, we're putting together weekly wellbeing packs for people of all ages, which are available for anyone from the church family to pick up from the church porch each Wednesday.

This week the team have put some great stuff together, introducing five steps we can take to improve mental heath and wellbeing, and with lots of ideas of how to put this into practice. There are also some little gifts and treats just for you to enjoy, including some seeds that you can plant and watch grow, through into Spring and Summer.

If you can't make it to the church to pick up a physical pack, you can download the virtual pack by clicking below. We hope that these packs will bring a little encouragement and enjoyment to your weeks.
Virtual pack

FAMILY WORSHIP WITH BEKAH

In One Way and Ignite, the children have been working on their song-writing skills and have put together their own fabulous worship song. They're now hoping to make a video to go with it, so watch this space!

Until that's ready, here's a chance to worship along with another great worship song, recorded by Bekah. The song is "Since Your Love" by United Pursuit. I hope it brings you as much blessing as it brought the families last week.

Since Your Love

RESOURCE FROM KINTSUGI HOPE

In our Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing group we're making the most of the time until we can physically meet again, holding Zoom meet-ups each Friday, and looking forward to a Zoom crafting social next week.

If you'd like to get a flavour of some of the ideas from the Kintsugi Hope course, you can head to YouTube to listen to Patrick Regan, CEO of Kintsugi Hope, as he explores how we can look after ourselves and our communities in this difficult season. He'll be looking at the ways we can stay connected with one another and look to our faith as a little bit of light in the darkness.

Patrick says, "To me, self-compassion is less about bubble baths and candles, and is more about the ways that we communicate with ourselves, and bringing faith into that is so important."

Click below to hear more.
In the Bleak Midwinter with Patrick Regan

SETTING A WATCH

We'll be continuing to meet to pray via Zoom at 6am and 6pm daily for 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

Article - Spiritual Disciples for Dark Days

What spiritual disciplines would be beneficial to me, and to others experiencing darkness? ponders writer Christopher Ash in this useful article.

Toby says: "I'd like to share this as I saw it and thought it helpful - an article from a great chap, writing honestly about the dark times we live in, with spiritual practices to draw us more deeply into Christ."
Spiritual Disciplines for Dark Days

AND FINALLY...

Don't forget... if you need food, help or just a chat then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Contact office@stmaryscnorton.com or call 01608 646202.
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What's happening soon?

Thursday worship Thu 24th Jun St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Kintsugi Hope wellbeing course Fri 25th Jun The Parish Rooms More info
Remix Fri 25th Jun Glyme Hall More info