Letter from Ian 11th July
Welcome to another weekend email with all the latest news from St Columba's and a variety of items including this week's Songs of Praise service.
KEVIN & KATE MONTGOMERY
Some of you have been praying for Kate who was admitted to hospital this week, on the morning of their move to Corby. I am pleased to say that our prayers were answered and Kate was discharged on Friday. Everyone's prayers for their move were answered as, in Kevin's words, it went "supernaturally well". That was before he discovered "some sort of blessing of multiplication with the boxes, every time I unpack one I find two behind it!". Please pray for a full recovery for Kate and an end to the unpacking. Kevin did ask, in the middle of everything else, that I pass on their "thanks to the church for the warm welcome we have had".
I know some of you have been to New Wine over the years, it is a similar event to Spring Harvest, but with tents and caravans in place of Butlin's chalets! Like Spring Harvest this year it is going online and being made freely available, so everyone can enjoy the teaching without the tent! It will happen between Thursday 30th July and Monday 3rd August, with morning meetings, afternoon seminars, evening meetings as well as children's and youth programmes. Please mark the dates now and look out for the full programme I will send out nearer the time. As with Spring Harvest I will be asking you to share with us your favourite moments for our service on 9th August.
WORD FOR TODAY
If anyone would like a printed copy of the Word for Today daily Bible reading notes please let me know and we can arrange delivery of the latest edition before it starts at the beginning of August. This is also available online at https://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today
TIM & CAROL DERBYSHIRE
Please find the latest Prayer News from Hope from Above in Australia where Tim & Carol work. This again asks for prayer for the ageing father of a staff member, this is Tim's Dad who is here in UK. He suffered another TIA last weekend and is slowly recovering but very tired. Since the update was written Melbourne has gone back into lockdown, so Tim can't travel for at least 6 weeks, please pray his Dad holds on that long, especially as he does not yet know the Lord and Tim wants one more chance to speak with him face to face. Also as a result of lockdown church services, which had started again, are all now back online.
Please find the usual Energize at Home sessions for children and young people, as well as Steve's latest mini-SCaNS. At the end of this you will see a request from Steve asking if you could let him know if you like these mini-SCaNS, or have suggestions for what to put in them. Contact Steve via firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest episode of Tom's adventures can be found here:
SONGS OF PRAISE
Please find below the link to our Songs of Praise service this week. A big thank you to all the people who contributed to this, it is always good to see familiar faces on screen, and to be inspired by them as they introduce their favourite songs and hymns. The service is also a PDF.
RESTARTING SERVICES IN CHURCH
PCC had a long discussion on Tuesday about restarting services in St Columba's, with most people being cautious about this, not least because all we can do at the moment is small, short, socially distanced services with no singing, no physical contact and no refreshments. We have set up a Work Party to consider how we might go about this and they will be meeting next week to look at the practical implications. Please also be prepared to answer questions about your views on restarting services in church when someone contacts you.
Thank you to everyone who has found ways to make financial contributions to the church at this time. For those who would like to contribute you can either:
make a bank transfer to HSBC Corby, Sort Code 40-18-12, St Columba PCC Account number 31372947
or drop in some money to the vicarage either in your blue offering envelope or any envelope marked "St Columba's".
Don't forget that Food Bank donations can also be left at the Vicarage.
Also if you would like anything from Traidcraft just let us know and we can arrange for it to be delivered to you.
God bless you all,