Hello again everyone,
I hope you all enjoyed last weekend with Bishop John. I think the whole weekend went really well and huge thanks to everyone who helped in any way.
A couple of things you may like to know are that the Ladies Afternoon Tea was such a success that it will be happening again, and the next date is Friday 9th September, so do book that in your diary and pass it on to those who came to hear the Bishop last week. I know a highlight for many people was Eileen’s testimony in the morning service at St Columba’s and if you missed that it is still possible to watch via the following link (which is for the whole service, but if you just want Eileen’s testimony then scroll forward to 7:50): https://youtu.be/DeEwov9S3bY
At PCC on Wednesday we were talking about how to follow up the weekend. We will certainly be starting a new ALPHA course for those who want to find out more about the Christian faith, so if that is you, or someone you know, do reply to this email to make sure you are invited. For those who have been following the Lord a little longer then we are definitely going to be starting FELLOWSHIP GROUPS again, so watch this space for details of them. We also wanted to have more SOCIAL GATHERINGS, and there is one opportunity for us to gather together at the end of this month when we welcome our CMS mission partners to St Columba’s on 31st July (see below for more details).
This week we have a COMMUNION SERVICE at St Columba’s at 10.30am, with Energize groups for children and young people, and also a FAMILY SERVICE at Rockingham at 3pm. For those who can’t make it to church it is possible to watch the St Columba’s service via the following livestream link from 10.30am on 10th July or afterwards: https://youtu.be/sbHGq2uZmFg
We also have our HIA PRAYER MEETING at 6pm tomorrow evening at St Columba’s.
Michael’s funeral is taking place at Kettering Crematorium at 10am on Thursday 14th July. This will be followed by refreshments in the CHURCH HALL from about 11.15am. Everyone is welcome at either or both, although I should say that the service is being conducted by a civil celebrant at the request of Michael’s son. We are hoping to arrange a THANKSGIVING SERVICE in church at a later date.
Last month we enjoyed a visit from Tim & Carol Derbyshire. They are now safely back in Australia and their latest news is “Snippets from the Shires”. Please open this and have a read, and pray, or alternatively look at the copy at the back of church.
As mentioned above we are looking forward to welcoming our CMS mission partners on 31st July. This will be their first visit to St Columba’s and due to sensitivities about where they work we only know them as M and H, although we look forward to learning their names when we meet! In the service on 31st M will be preaching and H leading a special session of Energize so that our children and young people can learn more about their work.
After the service we will have a BRING & SHARE LUNCH with M & H so do please put 31st July in your diary and plan to join us for the service and lunch.
Many of you will be familiar with the New Wine Summer Gatherings. These are taking pace at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, and there are two identical ” weeks”: A from 23 to 28 July and B from 29 July to 3 August. It is possible to engage with New Wine either as a Day Visitor or online and details of these options are shown below:
Day Tickets (best not to go on the first or last day of each “week” when there is not a full programme) cost £45 per person and can be booked via this link:
Online Tickets only give access to early morning Bible Teaching and the main Morning & Evening Celebrations each day including the first evening and last morning. PLEASE NOTE there is a 24 hour delay on these broadcasts so the dates are: Week A from 24 to 29 July and Week B from 30 July to 4 August and the broadcasts are only available for 48 hours. These cost £40 per household for either Week A or Week B and can be booked via this link:
SUNDAY 17th JULY
Next Sunday we have a service of MORNING WORSHIP at St Columba’s at 10.30am. This will be the last regular ENERGIZE meeting until September, but we look forward to some special All Age services and children’s activities during the rest of July and August.
And finally just to say that I will be away for a fortnight after tomorrow, but Kevin will be around and I have included his number below in case you have any questions.
God bless you all,
Kevin’s No 07512 822422