We seem to have so much to tell you each week and, with everything else going on, some of you have been in touch to say that you were ready to make a pledge to our Building to Serve Campaign, but that you’d missed the link to the pledge form in Mary's Matters a fortnight ago.
We quite understand that many of you will not be in a place to pledge in these challenging times, which is why we’ll be putting off a formal Gift Day until later in the year, but if - at any point in the meantime - you’d like to make a commitment to support this amazing opportunity that God has opened up for us, please feel free to get in touch with Georgina Orchard, our Campaign Manager or download the pledge form below.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
NUMBERS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK
cake baking kits delivered to help children celebrate VE Day 11
freezers full of food for today's delivery - The Branch looks like Iceland! 136 singers that we counted in the UK Blessing video (see resource of the week below)
AT HOME WITH... THE MCFAULS
This week we're grateful to the McFaul family - Katy, Simon, William, Lydia and Sadie - for giving us a glimpse of how they've been getting on.
Simon and Katy chat to us about the fun and chaos of caring for small children, and how even the youngest family members can share God's love during lockdown.
My wife and I are so looking forward to joining with you all as part of the community in Chipping Norton. We just wanted to briefly introduce ourselves to you before we officially move later in the year. We got married at the end of June last year and are so excited to be moving to Chippy!
I was born and raised in Bristol and have lived there for the majority of my life, only moving to Cirencester two years ago to work with the church there as part of my studies and leadership development. I am a bit of a board game geek and also love sports, not the most natural combination I know. I also love the outdoors and camping and try as often as time allows to get away for a night or two with a big fire.
Sasha was born in Macclesfield, but actually spent most of her childhood growing up just outside of Toulouse in the south of France. She moved with her family to Bristol when she was 15 and stayed there until she was 24, when she moved to Cirencester to take a job as a Family Support Worker. She also loves board games, reading, travelling and is currently training to become a play therapist.
We are really grateful for this opportunity and thank God that He has enabled us to move to such a beautiful place, we can’t wait to explore the area and get to know you all.
Sometimes we just need a few minutes of space and peace from the rushing world around us. That’s what I’m aiming for in this new series of midweek reflections - about 10 minutes of time out of ‘normal’ life and time pressing in to Jesus.
I’ve called them Close Encounters because we can’t be close to people at the moment, but Jesus always comes very close indeed, breaking every distancing rule there’s ever been, as he looks at and loves each individual he meets. We’re going to eavesdrop on some of the meetings and give ourselves a chance to encounter Him too. I hope these will be a blessing to you.
Churches from all across the UK have joined together to sing a blessing over our nation. Many of you will already have seen this incredibly moving video; it's already had over a million views since it was released last Sunday!
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.