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Friday 10 May 2019

The Acts of the Holy Spirit 

I have been so encouraged this week by the response to our introductory session to the new sermon series, The Acts of the Holy Spirit which we concluded were properly understood to be The Continuing Acts of Jesus by the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Believers. 

One person said, “Thank you so much, I really feel I’m learning a lot.”

Another said, “It was so good to see the Spirit’s activity right through the Bible.”

And this week Dr David Horne will open up more of Acts chapter 1 for us as we continue to explore Luke’s sequel to his gospel in order to understand the conditions and the context of the birth of the early church… I’m excited, and I hope you are too!

What has also been hugely encouraging for me in recent days is to witness the evident work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of our church family. I dropped in on the Rudman’s the other night unannounced, and found myself being ushered into the holy precinct of a Home Group gathered for fellowship and bible study. This shouldn’t surprise me, but it was such a joy! Last week I met a resident of Southcote who told me that the church’s outreach had ‘saved her life & her faith’ in summer 2017 – which we knew nothing about. 

It’s great to learn together on a Sunday morning and grow in our knowledge and love of God. It’s even better when we see the fruit of that bringing God’s Kingdom in our church and in our community.

With love in Christ,
Pads

TOMORROW !

One of the biggest local community events, supported by all three Southcote churches.  Please will you join us if you have some spare time and help Pads on the BBQ,  or perhaps setting up beforehand or clearing up afterwards? It would make a huge difference.

Introduction to baptism

Sunday 19 May - 3pm

If you are considering baptism for yourself or for your children, this introductory session will cover what baptism is all about, whether it is right for you or your child at this time, and how we prepare individuals and families for baptism. Please let Pads or Kirstie know if you would like to come along.

Alpha course

Charity Dragon Boat Racing 

Pangbourne: Saturday 8 June - from 9am

Join Martin Booker and crew for an amazing day at the 'Dragon Boat' Races! If you'd really rather not to jump on the boat, please still come and join the party at the Pangbourne Fete that day, a wonderful event for all the family.

Please remember too that we'd love you to sponsor our team to complete the 3+ races!!

Click below to download the Sponsorship Form and additional information - also available from the Welcome area.

Gospel Choir workshop

Saturday 1 June, 10am - 12pm

New Hope Community Gospel Choir is hosting a gospel workshop, delivered by the seasoned pro Nigel Ipinson-Fleming from 10am - 12pm on Sat 1st June. 

The workshop is open to everyone and Jenny (who runs the choir) would specifically like to extend a welcome to us and, indeed, all at St. Matthew’s that might like to come along. 

I (Adam) regularly sing with the choir and it is great fun, plus it forces you to really think about harmony which is an excellent skill to develop. It would be great if any of you wanted to come. 

Reading Vue Cinema

Reading Vue cinema are putting on a Christian film BREAKTHROUGH (12A) from Friday 17th May - performances daily at 7pm.  It went to number 3 in the USA cinema charts when it opened there on Good Friday.  How will it do here?  That depends on the opening weekend box office - do go!

First Stop - at Reading Minster

Volunteers Needed

Are you bit of a night owl? 'First Stop' volunteers support a SCAS Paramedic Friday and Saturday nights 9pm to 3am, helping the night time visitors to Reading Town Centre.

Whether they have had an accident, have a medical condition or maybe just had too much to drink, we are there to prevent them from having to go to A & E and to ensure they get home safely. We ask volunteers to commit to one evening every 4 weeks. No medical knowledge required. Training given.

If you think you may be interested, please give Becky a call on 07909228609 or email firststopreading@gmail.com.

Have a great week!

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