St Mary’s Update – 1st June 2017
Don’t forget, the church is now open on weekdays if you would like a quiet space to reflect or say a prayer for someone.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a letter to help you decide whether it is worth voting next Thursday, as they say within this letter:
This election is being contested against the backdrop of deep and profound questions of identity. Opportunities to renew and reimagine our shared values as a country and a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland only come around every few generations. We are in such a time.
(Click to read: Archbishops’ election letter).
Christian Aid Week – Thank You
A huge thank you to collectors and those who donated. We raised a fantastic total of £1,346.89, half of which was gift-aided!
There’s still time to get involved in Thy Kingdom Come week of prayer. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement originally initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury & York. It invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to know Jesus Christ. There are lots of ways you can pray individually for friends and family – see the attached for some easy to follow ideas:
- Prayers, Bless Acrostic and more ideas (Adobe PDF file),
- Praying for Five Friends – TKC Template (Adobe PDF file), or
- Click this link for the website.
Men at Work – From Punk to Pulpit
Men at Work is a social gathering for men of all ages with speakers from all walks of life. The next event takes place on Tuesday 20th June at the Five Bells Pub, Colne Engaine. The speaker, Andrew Stewart Darling, a former Punk Rocker and now the pastor of Stour Valley Vineyard Church will be talking about his background, his journey of faith and what prompted the move to East Anglia.
With hot food and good company this is another speaker not to be missed. Tickets are £12 each (including hot food) and they are available from John Tuffen (07974 907885) or Terry Hawthorn (01787 223141). Arrivals 7:15 for a 7:30 start.
Starting at 9:30 in Sunday 11th June this month’s theme is the wedding at Cana when Jesus turned water into wine. . Join us for a wedding breakfast, and lots of fun activities and songs.
Time to collect in your Children’s Society Boxes! Thank you to all who support the Children’s Society by collecting their loose change in the special money boxes. Liz will arrange to collect them in June, or you can drop them off in the church office.
Services & Other Dates
Sunday Gospel Readings
|Sunday 4 June||John 20:19-23||Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room|
|Sunday 11 June||Matthew 28:16-20||Jesus gives the Great Commission|
|Sunday 18 June||Matthew 9:35-10:23||Jesus sends out the 12 disciples|