Hello again everyone,
Once again we have a lot of news in this week’s email so do grab yourself a cup of tea (and your diary or calendar) and sit down to take it all in.
It is with great sadness that I have to say that Richard Smith went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning. Thank you for your prayers for him but please do continue to pray for Cathy and Rachael.Three people from our church family are in hospital at the moment and in need of prayer:John Pender has a number of issues that have delayed his treatment for leukaemia but the tests are coming back with encouraging results. He does need his blood sugar to stabilise and for an infection to clear up. He is no longer able to receive visitors because there is Covid on the next Ward.
Maureen McCluskey went in on Monday and had a procedure on Tuesday which she is slowly recovering from.
Mandy Niemandt’s father went in on Wednesday and was diagnosed with lung cancer and only given 6-12 months, so do pray for him and for Mandy and Riaan.
On a more positive note Margaret Freeland is recovering at home after a procedure last week.
Do give thanks that Kevin and I spoke to about 1000 school children over the last week from four different schools. It is wonderful to have these opportunities to speak about Jesus in school.
THIS WEEK’S SERVICES
The service on Sunday morning at 10.30am is Holy Communion, and there will be ENERGIZE groups for children and young people. For those not able to attend church the service can be watched on youtube.
Please note the online service will not be complete until later this evening (Saturday). There is a PDF of the service here. Also tomorrow we have a HEALING SERVICE at 5pm. Everyone is welcome to this, whether you have a need for healing yourself, or know someone who does, or simply want to join with others praying for the people mentioned above.
PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION and BISHOP JOHN’S WEEKEND
We are introducing five minutes of prayer for these outreach events in our Morning Services from tomorrow. This will be led in different styles but it is a way of encouraging everyone at church to engage in the serious work of prayer to prepare for these opportunities to reach out to our community as well as our friends and family, neighbours and colleagues. Please consider spending five minutes a day at home praying for them as well. More details tomorrow morning.
Hope into Action Prayer Meeting will be happening at 6pm tomorrow or immediately after the Healing Service finishes.
The final LENT GROUPS will take place on Tuesday at 10.30am and Wednesday at 7.30pm. We are looking at John’s gospel this week.
In church on Saturday 9th April at 3pm we have a MEMORIAL SERVICE for Margaret Singh. Everyone is welcome to join us for this and to join with Margaret’s family in remembering her.
Next Sunday we have a service of Morning Worship at 10.30am.
We are going to have a series of Holy Week Reflections on the evenings in Holy Week. The first will be in the HIA Prayer Meeting at 6pm on Sunday 10th but then they will be each evening at 7.30pm in church.
On Maundy Thursday there will be Holy Communion at 7.30pm and then on Good Friday we have our HOT CROSS BUN FEAST at 10am in the Hall and an HOUR BY THE CROSS at 2pm in St Leonard’s, Rockingham.
On Saturday 16th April we have a MEMORIAL SERVICE for Linda Mateyo at 11am in church. Please do come along and support Alois, Nicole and Kye at that service.
SPRING HARVEST AT HOME
18th – 22nd April
A group of us are going to Spring Harvest at Minehead but, due to popular demand, Spring Harvest Home is back for 2022. Taking place at the same time as Spring Harvest in Minehead, their streaming website will bring incredible worship, fun kids sessions and insightful teaching directly to you in your living room. Featuring a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded videos, you’ll experience the essence of Spring Harvest without having to leave your home. It promises to be an incredible time so if you can’t join us in Minehead why not join us online?
Tickets are just £49 and are on sale NOW!
Further details, speak to Miriam or go online to https://www.springharvest.org/events/news/spring-harvest-home-is-back-for-22
SCANS and PUZZLES AND OTHER STUFF
For those who are in church tomorrow there is a new printed edition of SCANS available free of charge. Steve has also produced another Puzzles and Other Stuff which is here.
May God bless you all in this coming week,