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Friday 15 March 2019

Prayer - does it make any difference?

Often when we look at the world, it seems impossible to know how to pray. When we hear of violence and death, such as that just emerging from New Zealand, we wonder if our prayers have any use. When we hear of melting glaciers and Brexit confusion, it is tempting to think what difference will it make if we pray or not? And yet the efficacy of our prayers does not depend on our choice words or limited understanding. Rather prayer is an invitation to bring to the all knowing, all sufficient God our weakness and inability to know what needs to be done. That’s why he’s God and we are not! As the old song says “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer”.

 It was good on Wednesday to see many come and pray individually and together during our Day of Prayer. We will keep some of the prayer displays up a little while longer for those who weren’t able to come on Wednesday. Please keep praying especially for our church family and our parish in these remaining two weeks before Pads and Kirstie return - that God’s will be done and his kingdom come.

Rev Sarah Jones

*IMPORTANT* New Electoral Roll

Every six years, the Church of England requires us to start afresh with our Electoral Roll.

2019 is the year … so if you consider yourself part of the St Matthew’s family, and haven't filled in a form yet please take the time to fill in an Electoral Roll form - available in the Welcome Area. This applies to all current members, and anyone over the age of 16 can apply for membership. Completing an Electoral Roll form means that you are eligible to attend and vote at our annual meeting or APCM, which this year is on Sunday April 28th.

The closing date for inclusion is Monday April 8th. After this, your name can still be added, but you will not be eligible to vote at the APCM until next year. The list will be published on April 14th on the church noticeboard for a period of two weeks, so that any errors can be corrected.

Dates for your Diary

Pictures of Grace

Saturday 30 March, 9.45am - 3.30pm, Greyfriars Church

Women’s Events: invitation, encouragement and time to ‘be’ in the presence of God. Come and hear Rev Penny Cuthbert share what God has been saying through His word and through poignant pieces of art. In three practical sessions, explore what these truths mean for your journey with Jesus.

Good Friday 
Friday 19 April - Good Friday Meditation, 2.30pm


Easter Day
Sunday 21 April, 10am - All-Age Family Service


Easter Egg Hunt

Monday 22 April, 2.30pm at St Matthew’s


Special Church Family Sunday - Sunday 28 April

10am - Family Service with Holy Communion | 11.45am - Annual Church Meeting | 12.30pm - Church Family Bring & Share lunch

Rota Reminder