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ST. MARY'S MATTERS

Food cooked at the recent Zoom Cook Along
Dear Friends

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.’

John 2:10

KINTSUGI HOPE

'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.
Email Hannah

BISHOP STEVEN'S RULE OF SIX

Living well through the next six months

Living with COVID-19 will be hard for everyone this winter. The Prime Minister has asked us all to observe the "Rule of Six". 

Here, in a short video, Bishop Steven explores the question "What are we called to be and to do as Christians during this pandemic?" and suggests some alternative rules of six to live by.
Bishop Steven's Rule of Six

PRAYER: SETTING A WATCH

As our Building to Service project gathers momentum we'll be continuing to meet to pray via Zoom at 6am and 6pm daily.

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

ELECTORAL ROLL

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 finance@stmaryscnorton.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.

Spring Harvest Pop-Up
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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