Letter from Ian 24th October
Thank you to everyone who has asked if Miriam and I had a good time away - we did, enjoying the opportunity to relax, go on some lovely walks and a ride on a steam railway, where I volunteered as a teenager on a Christian holiday many years ago. It is wonderful to know that the God who was with me all those years ago is the same God who is with us now in all the trauma of 2020. He is our rock in these uncertain times.
I received an online message this week from Rob Bewley of Christ the King in Kettering in which he said that he didn't like the term "social distancing" much preferring the idea of physical distancing, in order to preserve physical health, and social connection, in order to maintain mental and spiritual health. I have changed the slide at the end of our services to reflect this, because it is so easy to be in church but not connect with anyone else at the moment. This advice applies to people who are at home and physically distanced as well, why not phone someone up and ask how they are, they will be encouraged by the social connection of your call and so, I'm sure, will you.
We had Rodger Craig's funeral in church on Friday, and we must continue to pray for Mary. I heard today that Linda Mateyo's parents have finally been issued with their visas and will be arriving in this country on Sunday, please pray that it is then possible to arrange her funeral without any further delay and continue to uphold Alois, Nicole and Kye in prayer.
It is that time of year again when our attention turns to children around the world who will not receive any gifts at Christmas, and the opportunity for us to make a difference for at least one child by preparing a shoebox full of gifts. We have a supply of boxes in church, with all the instructions about what can go in them. These can be picked up after any service, but if you are not able to pick up a box but would still like to pack a shoebox do let me know and we can deliver the empty box and then collect it once you have filled it.
SPRING HARVEST POP UP
As this week is half term for many schools Spring Harvest are putting together some online resources. This will include more of a taster of Spring Harvest than ever before. There really is something for everyone:
Start your day with a Bible reading from Malcolm Corden, as well as Worship Workshops (these have to be booked and paid for), a brand new Harvest Book Club, short expert talks called These Three Things, Big Start Pop Up on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8.30am, and a Pandamonium Praise Party on Saturday (a great alternative to Halloween) and much more!
There are also live evening celebrations on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm with Steve Uppal, Cathy Burton, Lou Fellingham, Noel Robinson and Watoto Children's Choir. There are also a couple of "After Hours" events including a Quiz on Wednesday evening.
To sign up for access to the whole event on Spring Harvest's brand new online event platform, with access to all the sessions laid out in a clear timeline, a meeting hub, live chat, links and handouts and all kinds of extras register at:
You will also be able to see the free sessions on YouTube but without live interaction.
SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER
As we turn to this Sunday the big news is that the CLOCKS GO BACK so it is a shame we don't have a 9am service this week as it would not have felt so early!
The theme for this Sunday is the Ten Commandments and this is reflected in both the Energize resources and online service, the link for which is here:
There is no PDF of this week's service, which was filmed in church on Thursday morning, if you miss this additional resource please do let me know.
Last, but definitely not least (partly because there is a geography theme which suits me) here are Steve's puzzles for this week.
God bless you all,