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ST. MARY'S MATTERS

Last week's Remix had a surprise visitor!
Dear Friends
I've seen a lot of hope this week! Here are just a few things that have been really inspiring in the last few days:
  • Seeing relationships built between leaders and young people at Remix, and feeling so grateful that the young people have somewhere to access support after such a tough year.
  • Attending the Kintsugi Hope wellbeing course and witnessing the strength and inspiration it's providing as relationships deepen and strongholds are broken.
  • Listening to Cassie's fantastic testimony last Sunday!
In the Bible there are so many references to hope being restored after devastation (Joel 2:25, Song of Songs 2:11-12, Hosea 2:15). God is in the business of restoration. He's restoring all of it!

Praying this week that you know God's hope and compassion.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.


Lamentations 3:22-23

BACK TO REMIX

Volunteer Ben Waddilove reports on last week's Remix...

It was a delight to see so many pupils return for the first Remix session at Glyme Hall last Friday afternoon.

Braving wind and stormy rain they came in droves and appeared very excited (and perhaps just relieved) to be there again for the first time in over 12 months.

We played a boisterous and noisy game of football on the big pitch with all ages (and one brave girl!) taking part. Joel appeared and demonstrated his prowess in the sliding tackle, the ground shook…

Others scaled the dizzy heights of the climbing wall, played badminton, table tennis, computer/video games or pool. Some were creative with arts and crafts and some just generally ‘hung out’ and ran around with their friends in the safe, friendly environment that is Remix.

Children are always hungry after school! - and they were adequately provided for by our tip top catering team in the kitchen with an assortment of toast, hot chocolate and plentiful confectionary.

We also re-formed the Remix band – jamming away on guitars and cajon, singing the blues to anyone that was listening!

We are very thankful to God for His provision in all of this, and that we can continue to reach out to the young people in this way, and provide a Christian witness through being with them and participating in all of the activities.

I really enjoy taking part, it is very rewarding, if anyone else would like to help out please do contact Joel!
Contact Joel

FIRST PRIORITY PRAYER

Come and join us via Zoom for our uplifting monthly meeting – a time of passionate prayer and worship to keep the engine-room of the church firing!

First Priority Prayer is Wednesday, 2nd June at 7.30pm.

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ST. MARY'S APCM

St. Mary's APCM . 6 June 2021 . in church after the service

You'd be so welcome to join us for our APCM!

APCM (like an AGM) is a meeting we have once a year to agree things like new PCC members and the annual accounts.

But much more than that it's a celebration of all that God has done through us during the last year. It's also a chance to say thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make things happen.

We look forward to seeing you there.

TWO EASY THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE BRANCH

(Thank you so much if you already have!)

Nominate The Branch for an award


Insurance company Ecclesiastical will shortly be launching their Movement for Good awards for 2021 – a programme designed to give £1million to charities.

Each charity will receive a £1,000 donation. Anyone can get involved by simply nominating an eligible charity, and we'd love for you to nominate The Branch. You can nominate between Monday 24 May and Sunday 13 June.

Click the button below to find out more on the Ecclesiastical website.

(If you'd like to nominate The Branch , the full charity name is The Branch Trust, Chipping Norton (CIO) and the charity number is 1191055.) 
 
Important: The charity name does not come up in the search. Please tick the ‘registration exempt’ button and then type "Then Branch Trust, Chipping Norton (CIO)" in the "charity name" box.

 

Support the building plans by leaving a comment

The planning application for the redevelopment of The Branch has now been submitted to WODC.

During the next phase of the planning process any member of the public can go to the WODC website to comment on the plans and say whether they think the plans are a good idea.

We'd love for anyone who feels they can, to go to the planning portal at https://publicaccess.westoxon.gov.uk/online-applications/ and leave their comment in support of the plans.

You will need to type in the planning number, which is 21/00985/FUL and then click on "Make a comment".

Thank you!

Nominate The Branch for £1,000
Leave a comment on the planning consultation

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The Worry Book by Will van der Hart & Rob Waller

Recommended by Catherine and Emily

In this wise, practical and honest book, Will and Rob examine worry; what it is, why it's so prevalent and what we can do about it. Taking a Christian perspective, combining good theology and good psychology, and drawing from personal experience the authors offer a new perspective, practical exercises and plenty of humour and compassion to pave the reader's way to hope and freedom.

The Worry Book
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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