Edition 41. Week commencing 26th April 2021

Dear friends

Firstly, I gave out a warning after last Sunday’s Communion service, and I’d like to repeat it here. If you receive an email or text apparently from me or another member of the team clergy requesting urgent money or Google Play vouchers, gift cards or whatever, please DO NOT RESPOND TO IT. The clergy will not contact you in this manner!   Jesus warned his followers “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves” (Matt.10.16). Don’t be fearful but do be alert: none of us wants to fall prey to these wicked schemes.

Following St Benedict’s and St Mary’s APCMs, please keep our newly elected PCCs members and also our wardens and assistant wardens in your prayers .

The month of May sees Christian Aid Week , which starts with a special joint all-age service at St Mary’s on 9th May. Please attend, either in person, or online. Christian Aid is supporting climate justice, for these issues often impact the very poorest. More details can be found at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/. There will be some resources available to take away, including copies of a seven-day devotional and giving envelopes in church.

Also, in May, we shall once again be taking part in Thy Kingdom Come :

  • Come to our special launch Communion service at 930am on Ascension Day- Thursday 13th May- at St Mary’s and why not stay on to receive a free Thy Kingdom Come daily prayer journal and share in a study from it at 10.15am? ?  Archbishop Stephen Cottrell writes “In the time between Ascension Day and Pentecost, Thy Kingdom Come is a gift to refresh our faith, especially if we felt isolated from our community or our Church during this difficult time… each day there are a few things to read, a prayer to offer and then an invitation for you to make your own reflections.” Weather permitting, we might sit outside together for the study time at 10.15, which will last no more than an hour.
  • There are interactive digital family prayer maps available– just download the TKC Map AR APP for augmented reality games and videos. Pick one up from church at St Benedict’s on Wednesdays , St Mary’s on Thursdays, or in Sunday services.
  • A day of quiet and space  for Thy Kingdom Come on Saturday 22nd May at St Mary’s, starting with Morning Prayer at 10am. We hope people will  drop into St Mary’s , drinking in its ability to provide a  ‘Quiet Space’ away from the familiar places where we have spent so much time  during lockdown. The church will be open for you throughout the day to drop in and pray and be still. The day will end with Evening Prayer at 4pm.

Finally, thanks to those who have so far responded to the appeal for the community foodbanks at St Mary’s and St Benedict’s. I am conscious there may also be need for some food within our church worshipping communities. If this applies to you, please feel free to visit the foodbanks to help yourself to take anything you need? They really are for everyone.

With our love and prayers ,      Richard  and Katherine.