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Saturday 17 July 2021

Dear Church Family, 

The Summer Holidays are nearly upon us. The weather is fantastic. We are one day away from Step 4 which means the end of Covid restrictions, and yet what we have known as 'normality' in the past seems extremely elusive. It's no use pretending. Covid has not gone away and many of us know someone who is currently ill and fighting the disease - let's not grow weary of praying for them. 

Whilst many aspects of life have now opened up, including the permission to sing in church after 19th July (so not tomorrow), the practical considerations of what we do, and where and how we do it are still complex, whether that's going on holiday, mixing with other people, or how we worship God in church. (see more in the newsletter attached)
More than ever, as Christians, we are blessed to have a God of love who in the psalmist's words, is our Shepherd in whom we can put our trust in his goodness and mercy which will follow us for all the days of our lives. (Psalm 23) In such uncertain and confusing times that is a powerful message to take to our hearts and live out in our everyday lives. 
I look forward to joining you for our 10am Family Service in the morning, and in case you are taking off on holiday, and therefore I won't see you, have a very blessed, restful and refreshing time away.

Link to Matt's Musings and Live Stream
Link to News Sheet

With love in Christ,

Pads

Monday 18 January 2021

Screenshot 2021-01-19 at 12.36Dear Church Family,
I so enjoyed the first instalment of Matt's Musings this morning that I wanted to encourage you, if you haven't watched it to do so. It's the brainchild of Dr David Horne, which is a weekly (Mon-Fri) 5-minute 'Vlog', hosted on our Youtube channel and published to our Facebook page, applying the Bible to our lives as we follow Jesus. So do watch it, on YouTube or Facebook, enjoy it, join in the discussion, comment in any way, and offer your thoughts. 
Can't wait for tomorrow as David brings the Ten Commandments into our 21st century lives!
 


Sunday  17 January 2021

Dear Church Family,

'Following Jesus' is our particular theme for the first half of this Lent term and, for many people, it has never been a greater challenge than during this pandemic, when so much of the communal aspect of Christian life is shut off from us or restricted in many different ways. 

The good news is, we all know there's light at the end of the tunnel - the bad news is that there's still a long way to go! And that's why we need as many different ways of nurturing our spiritual life as possible. And that's why I'm delighted to tell you about a new resource being launched this week within St Matthew's in the form of Matt's Musings, the brainchild of Dr David Horne, which is a weekly (Mon-Fri) 5-minute 'Vlog', hosted on our Youtube channel and published to our Facebook page, applying the Bible to our lives as we follow Jesus. 

I highly recommend that you watch the first one - and then the rest - being published on Monday morning and we invite you to comment and join in the discussion. So let's make the most of this lockdown, as we learn together on Sundays and through the week, how we can better love God, love one another and walk the path of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We are also meeting up after the service for a Zoom tea/coffee chat on the link below, so I hope to see you then.

Link to Livestream
Link to Service Sheet with scriptures, prayer needs, news, and resources
Link to After Church tea/coffee Zoom chat

I look forward to joining you tomorrow morning,
With love in Christ,
Pads



CALENDAR OF SERVICES

SUNDAY | 10:00 AM Family Service
Livestream

SUNDAY | 11:45 AM Holy Communion
In-Person, 2nd and 4th Sundays every month

WEDNESDAY | 10:30 AM Holy Communion
In-Person