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NEWS FROM ST MARY'S CHURCH

Dear Friends
If you came through Sunday School it's likely you'll be familiar with that song, "If I Were a Butterfly", with its refrain, "I just thank you Father for making me me". (I expect you can remember all the actions as well!)

What a great thing to pray! Sifting through your photos and videos this week it was so apparent how different we all are - and yet we're all family and all delighted over by God.

Jesus met such a mix of people during his ministry. It's a huge relief to know that when we come to Jesus we can come just as we are. Jesus welcomes all of us; anyone who is thirsty.

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

(John 7:37-38)

NUMBERS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK

100
frisbees
sent out in the Teen Wellness and Resiliance Packs
92
followers
of @creatingspace.chippy Instagram (including 1 from India, 1 from Western Australia and 1 from Los Angeles)
2
Babies born to St Mary’s families during lock-down (big congratulations to Andrew & Elisabeth!)

HOLY SPIRIT INTERVIEW

This Pentecost we're so grateful to David MacInnes for taking the time to talk to us about the Holy Spirit.

In a 10-minute interview, David shares with Martha in his usual warm, engaging and story-telling style, all about the Holy Spirit, what the Holy Spirit means to him, and about the joy he's encountered in getting to know the Holy Spirit.

Whether you're not quite sure about the Holy Spirit, or whether you'd just love to hear some encouraging and uplifting stories, look for the video on the Virtual Sunday page or on YouTube on Sunday.

Click here on Sunday

ENCOUNTER ONLINE

This Pentecost let's worship together and raise a shout to the one who hears all of our voices! 

We'd love to invite you to our Pentecost Special, which will be a set of livestreamed worship songs led by Gareth this Sunday, 31 May at 7pm. 

There are two ways to access Pentecost Special: you can join via Zoom (if you want to see some familiar faces) or tune in via YouTube. Please click below for the links.
Click here for the links

ST. MARY'S MUSIC VIDEO

We were nothing short of DELIGHTED to receive all your entries for the St. Mary's Pentecost music video. Thank you so much for sharing your musical talents, idyllic photos, creativity and (in one congregation member's case) some surprisingly light-footed dance moves!

You can find the finished video on the Virtual Sunday page this Sunday.

Click here on Sunday

DESERT ISLAND DISCS

We asked worship leader, Rachel, "If you could only take 2 songs, 1 book and one luxury item into lockdown what would you take?" She came up with some gems! Click below to see what she chose.

(And if you'd like to listen to Rachel's beautiful rendition of Psalm 91 again then click here.)
Click here for Rachel's choices

THY KINGDOM COME

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in with Thy Kingdom Come!

We'd love to give our friends at St. Mark's, Camberwell a big, big blessing and a thank-you for praying for us. If you'd like to write a short message of encouragement or gratitude then please do, and send these through to Emily (finance@stmaryscnorton.com), who will collate them and pass them on.

Along with congregation members from St. Mark's, we prayed continuously for 24 hours. We had 54 pray-ers (at least, those are the ones we know about); 30 from St. Mary's and 24 from St. Mark's, Camberwell. Well done to everyone - especially those of you who got up very early on Monday to make sure all the slots were filled!

Info about St. Mark's

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

As many of you have already discovered, all of our St. Mary's videos can be found on our YouTube channel - just click on the link below and then click on "videos". Here you can find all of our previous worship team videos, One Way and Ignite videos, Thursday Thought and anything else we've done since the start of lockdown.
St. Mary's YouTube channel

CAP DEBT CENTRE

We're so grateful to Mark Burbridge who, for over two years, took our CAP Debt Centre forward as CAP Debt Centre Manager. Earlier this year Mark stood down from this role and, as a result, we are actively seeking someone to take this on going forward.

Coen VanWyk continues as Debt Coach and we'd love to be able to recruit someone to stand alongside him, conscious that the need to shine the light of Jesus into people’s lives through Debt Support is going to be greater than ever in the aftermath of Covid-19. For more information about the role, please contact James: vicar@stmaryscnorton.com.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Where is God in a Coronavirus World by John C. Lennox

James says, "In this short book, an Oxford professor examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it, but also offers hope to cling to."

Ideal for yourself or to give away. Buy from The Good Book or pick up a copy from the church porch.
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Thursday worship Thu 24th Jun St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
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