I am about to set off for Peterborough to support some of our Lay Ministers who are being re-licensed by the Bishop in the Cathedral this afternoon. It is good to give thanks for the ministries of Janet, Linda, Rosie, David and William who are all being relicensed today as well as Steve and Sue who will be re-licensed later in the year, and to pray for them as they continue to minister among us. We should also give thanks for the ministry of Sheila Pender who is retiring as a Licensed Lay Pastoral Minister, although Sheila will still be active in many ways (including organising the Afternoon Tea which many of us enjoyed yesterday). The PCC decided to award Sheila the title of Lay Minister Emeritus, an honorary title in recognition of her years of service. You can read an archive article about Sheila in Steve’s Puzzles and Other Stuff.
THIS SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER
We just have one service at St Columba’s tomorrow: MORNING WORSHIP at 10.30am with ENERGIZE groups for children and young people. For those unable to be in church there will be a livestream available from 10.30 on Sunday by going to this link:
Also tomorrow our PRAYER MEETING is at 6pm in church, and everyone is very welcome to join us for that, especially if you have anything you would like prayer about.
Our Fellowship Groups continue to look at the Fruit of the Spirit and how we can be more like Jesus. This week our focus is on goodness. The groups meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday and 10.30am on Wednesday.
Deanery Synod is a gathering of people from Church of England churches in and around Corby. Clergy like Kevin and me are always members and every church also elects representatives, ours are presently David, Steve and William, but the meetings are open to anyone. This Thursday, 20th October, we are thinking about the ongoing needs of Ukranian refugees with a speaker from Peterborough Cathedral who have a scheme to help them. If you are interested the meeting is at St Mary’s, Weldon with refreshments from 7.15pm. Do ask one of us if you would like a lift.
Our next men’s group (ROCK) is on Friday 21st October, arrive from 7pm and start at 7.30pm, in the church hall. It will have a pub theme…a pub quiz and pub food: pie, gravy, mash and peas. Because we are serving food we need to have numbers so please let us know if you are coming…via list at the back, email or text, but no later than Tuesday 18th October, that would be good. You are welcome to bring your own choice of beverage seeing that it’s a pub theme!
SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER
We have three services next Sunday as follows:
9am HOLY COMMUNION at St Leonard’s, Rockingham
10.30am HOLY COMMUNION at St Columba’s
5pm MEMORIAL SERVICE for all those we love but see no longer. This service is open to all and while those who have been bereaved in the last year will receive a special invitation (sorry if you have not had yours yet) everyone is welcome to attend and light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died.
It is two years since Mary’s husband Rodger died and as his funeral was in Covid times we are holding a special service in memory of Rodger on Friday 21st October, the second anniversary of that funeral, at 10.30am in church, followed by refreshments in the Hall. Please come along and support Mary in this service, and if you would like to share a memory of Rodger be prepared to do that.
HOPE FROM ABOVE
Please find here a Newsletter from Hope From Above. This is a longer read than the regular Prayer Updates that we receive so why not pour yourself a coffee and read about their worldwide ministry.
May God bless you all in this coming week,