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May 2021
Weekly Email w/b 10th May 2021

We seem to be going from some fairly quiet months to some busy few weeks ahead. In particular you’ll find below details of our APCM this Sunday evening, and the link to the 2020 APCM report. It’s a good read, I do encourage you to take a look through it, and even better come and join us on Sunday evening at 6.30pm. You’ll also find news below of two new midweek small groups kicking off, how to join us this coming Sunday, and a reminder about Christian Aid week which is taking place this week. Meanwhile the PM’s announcement today of further ‘lifting’ from next Monday will hopefully open up some new possibilities for many of us, and we’ll become expert at navigating some new rules and regulations. How......

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07
May 2021
Christian Aid Week 10th - 16th May 2021

This is our opportunity to support Christian Aid in Prayer, in Giving and in Action. We can Pray for the Country Projects being supervised by Local Partners, who fully understand the people’s needs. We can Give financially to allow improvement of infrastructure, agriculture, health and trade to create independence and self-esteem and create self-reliance through their own efforts. We can Act to create fundraising activities to raise the finance necessary to improve lives. Local initiatives like ‘Dribbling for Dams’ from Bayston Hill on May 8th (www.tinyurl.com/28met7bd), walking 300,000 steps to match the distance that people have to walk to get water – www.tinyurl.com/cesyd7sh – are some of the creative ways to replace the traditional house to house collections. 1 John 3:18 ‘Let us not love with words or speech......

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06
May 2021
Weekly Email w/b 3rd May 2021

This was the scene last Sunday evening for our monthly 6.30pm gathering. Half an hour before we had chairs laid out across the courtyard in perfect rows, two metre distancing, and though we’re not yet serving coffee there was at least a warm welcome in the air. And then the rain came, and lots of it! There was a hasty retreat – chairs and all – into the covered cloisters, and the service continued from there. Despite the weather, it was great to be together. To see friends. To read scripture and to pray. And – being outdoors – to sing together. “Bless the Lord o my soul” we sang, remembering back over these last weeks and months, through the tough times and the trials as well as the......

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29
Apr 2021
Weekly Email w/b 26th April 2021

The pandemic has recently caused me to consider my own mortality more honestly than I ever have before. That sounds pretty morbid, but actually I have found it a very encouraging and uplifitng exercise. Like Moses, I have been asking God to “teach me to number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psa 90:12 NIV). I have come to realise that each new day is a gift from God, fresh with new mercies each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). It has also made me ask, ‘Do I really want to watch one more hour of TV, or could I use my time better?’ I believe that meditating on these things has made me more grateful, each day having a catalogue of things to thank God for; whether......

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22
Apr 2021
Weekly Email w/b 19th April 2021

Last night saw the ‘guilty’ charges for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer in the George Floyd trial. You’ll remember how the widely watched footage of the murder and its aftermath sparked worldwide protests against racism. Closer to home I don’t know whether you’ve been able to watch the BBC Panorama from Monday evening. Titled “Is the Church Racist?” it features interviews with a number of church leaders and includes claims of a culture which creates a hostile environment for Christians of colour. I’ve found it pretty uncomfortable viewing, more so because I know a few of the people featured on the programme. A weekly email will never be the place for the ‘last word’ on what feels a timely and crucial gospel issue. But I do would want......

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16
Apr 2021
Weekly email w/b 12th April 2021

It’s been interesting over these last few days seeing the response to the death of HRH Prince Philip. At a national level we’ve seen gracious tributes, a genuine fondness, and an outpouring of love for the Queen in particular. Words like “service”, “dedication” and “legacy” have been used on many occasions in the barrage of news coverage following his death last Friday. At a local level I’ve been really pleased to hear that this coming Saturday – the day of the funeral – sees a small group of young people and others ringing the bells, all of whom are either currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award or have previously been involved with D of E. Talking of awards, I reckon that Andy Digby should win one......

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09
Apr 2021
HRH Prince Philip

Our sincere condolences and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, as they mourn the loss of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Holy Trinity Church will be open between 5 and 6 tonight for all those who would appreciate a quiet space to remember and reflect.  ...

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