Dear Church Family
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine we are having, being Irish I have been taking precautions, they normally say in Ireland that the only difference between Summer and Winter is that in the Summer the rain is warmer but even Belfast seems to be getting some sunshine. I jokingly said to someone that if I went out in the sort of heat they’re predicting for the next few days I might simply burst into flames! I’m sure we will all be taking precautions for ourselves (Factor 50 sun-cream and plenty of water in my case) but for those of us with vulnerable or elderly neighbours perhaps a quick check on them over the next few days to make sure they’re ok would be a good way of showing God’s love in action.
Hopefully St Columba’s will prove a little coolness for our Sunday service tomorrow at 10:30am with Rosie leading our Morning Worship and a certain curate preaching, so do come along and enjoy coming together as the church to worship God and spend some time together. For those who aren’t able to make it we will be live-streaming the service as normal and you can watch it live or catch-up later using this link: https://youtu.be/gx0fc5ym2oo
Tomorrow morning will be the last ENERGIZE meeting of the summer but we will be having some children’s activities over the summer and an All-Age Worship service on the 24th July and on the 21st August.
In terms of young people it’s been a good week for us as we had all of Year 6 from Woodnewton school come to visit the church on Thursday morning, we’ve now had every year group with us over the last few weeks and hopefully they all enjoyed getting to know a little about who and what we are as church. A few of our teenagers also went to RE-IGNITE on Friday night, a youth event aimed at gathering young people from across Corby, Kettering and the surrounding area. It was hosted at Church of Christ the King, Kettering and was a great evening of fun, games, BBQ, worship and a great message from one of the CTK team on being called and anointed by God. I understand the next event will be in Corby in the Autumn so do keep an eye out for that in future news.
I know there are a number of people with prayer requests and I’ve listed some below, can I also encourage you if you are in need of prayer do come along to the HIA prayer meeting on Sunday at 6pm. Last week we spent some time praying for Hope into Action, for the world and for people’s prayer needs, it was a great time of prayer and well worth coming to.
Sheila has passed on a prayer request for Maria her daughter; “Please pray for Maria as she faces her quite serious operation on 27th July. Pray that all will go well, and that she will get at least some of her movement back. On top of that, she has just been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in her good arm.” Do please be praying for Maria and indeed for Sheila and the family as they support her.
There have been a number of people in the St Columba family with Covid recently, so please be praying for all of those who are ill at this time, for mildness of symptoms, for healing and a swift recovery.
Do also continue to pray for Ian and Miriam as they enjoy their holiday, that they come back relaxed and refreshed for this next season.
I have been passed news from Steve Scholes regarding Derek Grey, the son of Jim and Pat Grey who I understand were much-loved members of St Columba at one time. Sadly Derek, who lived in Wales, died on Thursday, apparently as the result of a severe asthma attack. Please do pray for all who knew and loved him at this time.
As mentioned last week 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 24th JULY
As mentioned above we have our all-age service, it would be great to see you there as we explore worshipping God together through song, prayer, scripture and prayer.
Last and very much not least, I’m grateful to Steve Scholes for producing another in his series of Mini-SCaNS as usual packed with good things – it’s attached to this email, do have a read and enjoy!
May God’s peace be with you all this week
Curate, St Columba and the Northern Saints
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