I was at the panto last night and it was a really good show so, if you have not yet booked your tickets, why not come along. There are seats available on Sunday at 3pm but I’m sure you could be squeezed in today, also at 3pm. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children with a family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) for £20. You can buy them on the door, or reserve them by contacting me.
James Robb is now out of hospital and at home with Jim & Debbie where he is progressing well although he still has a long way to go. The hardest part for him is managing his recently diagnosed diabetes with testing and injections. Debbie thanks everyone for their love and support.
Rosie has asked me to say that her operation on Thursday went well, she is recovering at home and is grateful for all the prayers and offers of help.
Roy Tosh is still in hospital but almost ready to be discharged. Please pray that the right residential home is found for him and that Jess is able to resist pressure for him to come home before a place is ready.
Pam Williams is still in hospital and had a setback in the week and was very poorly again, she is feeling a bit better now but still has a long way to go so please continue to pray for Pam.
Tomorrow at 10.30am at St Columba’s we have an ALL AGE SERVICE with contributions from children and young people, and, I hope, adults. Do come along to learn together and be inspired by our youngest members as well as by our wonderful God. All Age services probably don’t come across so well online, but for those who can’t be there in person the link to watch this week is: https://youtube.com/live/zwhnSe6S_5k
Years ago when C&A closed they had a slogan “Goodbye Good Buy”. Today we might change that to “Farewell Fair Trader” because, sadly, after 40 years supporting a fairer trade system in the world, Traidcraft has fallen victim to the recession and has ceased trading. Miriam will be ordering Fairtrade supplies for use in church from other suppliers so that we remain a Fairtrade Church. There will be a stall after church tomorrow selling food and household products, so do have a browse and see if you can make some final purchases. The Stall will be back before Christmas with cards and craft products that Miriam still has and she may be able to buy Advent Calendars and Christmas Cards to order. Do speak with Miriam if you would like to know more.
These will be meeting again on Wednesday at 10.30am or 7.30pm. We had a good time this week in both groups and I do encourage you to come along and join in the discussion, as well as having fellowship with other people from church.
The Ladies Afternoon Tea will be meeting again on Friday 10th February at 3pm in St Columba’s Church Hall. It is helpful for Sheila to know if you are coming along, but do feel free to simply turn up and enjoy some tea and sandwiches, cake and conversation.
Men’s Group will be meeting on Saturday 11th February from 9am to 11am in St Columba’s Church Hall for breakfast. All men are welcome, including any guests you would like to bring along with you.
NEXT SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY
There are two services next week: HOLY COMMUNION at St Columba’s at 10.30am with ENERGIZE groups for children and young people, and a FAMILY SERVICE at Rockingham Village Hall at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to either or both of these services.
I advise details of two events coming up next month in Northampton:
A concert by Nat White’s band MID LIFE CRISIS at St Giles church Northampton on Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (concessions £7) and details of how to buy them are on the poster. They are raising money for “Baby Basics, Northampton”.
The BISHOP’S BIBLE DAY at Northampton High School on Saturday 18th March from 9.30am to 4pm. This is a day for everyone to explore the Bible together, with a focus on the Psalms. The keynote speaker, Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley, will be looking at Psalms 23 and 137, and there are a range of workshops. You can book tickets (there is no charge for the day, which includes a cold lunch, but donations are welcome) and find details of all the workshops here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bishops-bible-day-tickets-503194848337
There should be a new print edition of SCANS in church tomorrow so do look out for that if you are there. As a result there are no Puzzles & Other Stuff on here.
May God bless you, and especially those people mentioned in the Prayer News above, in this coming week,