This jolly chap was created by one of the children in the Nurture Room.
This week is Children's Mental Health week; please be praying for all those children who are struggling with their mental health today.
Blessed to be a Blessing
This week I have been reflecting on the incredible ways that God is blessing us as a Church so that we might be equipped to bless others. Here are a few examples for JUST THIS WEEK….
The lovely staff of Costa often give us their end of day stock to distribute, but this week they felt moved to collect some items to donate themselves to go into food parcels
In response to an email, Boots delivered ONE TONNE of toiletry products - from shampoo to toothbrushes. This means mums will get the most lovely “mum’s packs” on Mothering Sunday and families will receive toiletry essentials (often expensive) with their food packs
In response to the thank you we wrote and stories we shared from the Christmas Hampers, Soho Farmhouse have asked if they can make up 10 hampers a week to be distributed to families
And we were incredibly fortunate as a church to have been blessed with a financial donation to specifically enable us to thank and bless others!
So this week has been a week of “Thank yous”. We have been able to say thank you to the 90 staff at the Health Centre; from doctors and pharmacy staff to cleaners & administrators, writing to them all and enclosing an M&S Meal for 2 Voucher. It is so hard to know who we should single out to thank, but we also felt it was important to cheer on all the teachers and support staff at our primary school, as well as some of the key staff we work with at top school, so they will also be receiving vouchers this week too.
So please take time to praise God for his extraordinary provision and pray that as we pass these blessings on people will know of His love for them.
...And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:8-10
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.
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
WELLBEING PACKS: KINDNESS
In the first lockdown we focused on producing craft bags for the children, providing them with ideas, activities, fun and practical tips. But 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.
The packs are proving a great blessing to those who have collected them. This week's theme is "Kindness" and includes recipes, crafts and some great ways to connect with nature.
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 all of us in the church family.
Bekah has been making these fantastic short videos for each day of the week. Each one focuses on something you can do or learn or think about. The themes are:
The videos are so good we wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance see them and get some wisdom, fun and inspiration all week long. You can find the videos on Facebook or Instagram. Click the links below.
On Shrove Tuesday (16th February) we'll be holding a Zoom Pancake Party for the whole church family. We'll let you know more details next week, but in the meantime, whether you're older, younger, or somewhere in the middle, feel free to put the date in your diary and start deciding on your toppings...
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.
Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard - recommended by Debs Butler
This book is a timeless allegory dramatising the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There she gains a new name and is transformed by her union with the loving Shepherd.
Quote from the book:
“Whenever you are willing to obey me, Much-Afraid, and to follow the path of my choice, you will always be able to hear and recognize my voice, and when you hear it you must always obey. Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy.”
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.