Dear Church Family
‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’
There is an irony to the fact that we are in the middle of a sermon series entitled ‘Life Together’ when we are not together physically as a church. Our faith must be shaped not only by how we live as individuals but also how we live together, how we serve together, how we witness together. Authentic fellowship goes far deeper than cups of coffee and casual conversations – it is forged by working through differences in personalities and preferences, being patient with flaws and failures, speaking the truth in love and extending costly grace. As we enter this season as a church family, I have been mindful of what Paul says ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit’ (Ephesians 4:3). ‘Make every effort’, I wonder what that means for each of us as we continue to live in this fragmented time? It strikes me that more than ever that we need to look to Christ to bring us together again in Him.
Warmly in Christ, Eddie
9.15am & 11.15am morning services with the latter live-streamed via the St John’s YouTube channel. Second in our series ‘Life Together: ethnicity, church and the gospel’ – Bible reading: Ephesians 2:11-22 ‘Where we belong’.
10.30am Zoom refreshments, do join together for some fellowship via the link:
Meeting ID: 814 2447 3923
6pm Evening Service via Zoom
Luke 15 – ‘Lost and Loved’
Meeting ID: 871 3762 3729
LENT PRAYER GATHERINGS
This Wednesday is the beginning of Lent as we look towards Easter. This will be a good time for us to come together and to ‘keep alert… and pray’ (Ephesians 6:18). As the pandemic continues we look to the Lord for our comfort, hope and strength. We will be hosting a series of additional prayer gatherings over this period, so please do look out for further information.
Saturday 20th February 8pm
After the success of the New Year quiz, we’ve decided to do another one! A great way to invite friends or family to join in with your church family. More information on the church website.
Congratulations to the following who have received promotions this year – well done in such a difficult year to:
Josh Bullions – Sergeant
Daniel Kennett-Brown – Corporal
Noah Bogan – Corporal
Somkelechi Austen-Okoroykwo – Lance Corporal
If anyone would like to find out more information about Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association, please go to the website here: http://www.2wk.co.uk/
Distribution days are Tuesdays 2pm – 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am – 12.30pm. Please do spread the word to anyone who may be in need.