This Sunday we continue our "Transforming Miracles" sermon series from the Gospel of John, looking at seven signs that reveal to us more and more of who Jesus is.
Gareth started us off last week, with his insightful sermon on the Wedding in Cana, and Toby continues this Sunday, looking at Jesus' healing of the son of an official.
We hope that as we come to re-visit these incredible encounters and actions of Jesus, revealing his divinity in humanity, our faith might be deepened and transformed.
Whether you join us in person or by livestream, you'd be so welcome.
‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’
'Discovering treasure in Life's scars'
We are so excited to announce that St Mary's Church has partnered with the amazing charity Kintsugi Hope, and we will soon be starting a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group here in Chipping Norton.
Meaning 'golden joinery' in Japanese, 'Kintsugi' is the Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique, than it was before. Instead of hiding the scars, it makes a feature of them.
Kintsugi Hope wants to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities where there is no shame in struggling and everyone can grow and flourish. The stress and demands of modern living are taking their toll on our mental wellbeing, especially in these particularly strange times. Just as we would go to the gym to look after our physical wellbeing, a Kintsugi Hope wellbeing group provides a safe and supportive space where you can learn tools to look after your mental and emotional wellbeing.
This is another opportunity to reach out and love our community and I am confident that we will see the Lord use it to transform lives. Please being praying for it and if you are interested in joining a group, or know someone else who might, do contact Hannah.
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're already on the Electoral Roll there's no need to sign up again this year.
But if you'd like to join the Electoral Roll please email email@example.com for a form.
RESOURCE FOR HALF TERM
Spring Harvest pop-up
Spring Harvest says: "Harvest Pop Up will be more of a taster of Spring Harvest than we've ever created before! We're excited and we would love you all to join us during half-term week 26-31 October. Expect live and brand new pre-recorded content for all ages, Cheeky Pandas, worship training sessions, Big Start, evening celebrations, and much, much more! It's going to be fun for all the family."
Find out more by clicking below and visiting the Spring Harvest website.
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.