Dear church family,
‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!’ – Philippians 4:4
Sixteen times Paul urges the Philippian church to rejoice. He never denies the problems – after all he’s writing this from jail – but he encourages them (and us) to rejoice in the midst of difficulties. However bad our circumstances might be, and I know some of you are experiencing great trials and difficulties, there is one thing we can always rejoice in: the Lord, his love, his mercy, his promises and his presence, with us now and forever. As we approach Sunday evening’s service on mental health, can I encourage you to come, even if it’s not your usual practice to come in the evening. My prayer is, as we hear the experiences of others, we will together begin to rejoice again in the Lord. Hope to see you there!
Morning services (9.15 & 11.15) continue our teaching on Church and Spirit, and this week we will be looking at Acts 2:22-41. Please bring a Bible as the church ones remain out of use.
Sunday evening 6pm is our Open to Questions on Mental Health. We will be thinking about how our mental health – both positively and negatively – has been affected by the past year of successive lockdowns. We will be hearing the experiences of a number of people in our church family.
June Picnics – A wonderful chance to meet new people and those you’ve not seen for sometime by spending time together as we come out of lockdown! Please remember to sign up as a guest or host (or both) by 6th June. Use the form here https://forms.gle/15GCNiBHtQnnmqTPAor email/call the office if you need help signing up.
Baptism/Thanksgivings – It has been a long time since we were able to conduct these within the church services. If you are thinking of this for your child, we would now welcome enquiries to make provisional bookings, please contact Cathy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Thursday Morning Prayer Group – 7.30 to 8.15am
A group of men have been meeting for a number of years on a Thursday morning to pray for one another and encourage fellowship. There is normally a ‘thought for the day’, followed by each participant sharing something for prayer.
If you’re interested do speak to Nigel Freestone or Louis Alexander, they currently meet on Zoom (though are hoping to resume face-to-face-meeting):
Meeting ID: 852 5403 0809
Some members of staff are away next week but please note the church remains open from 10am to 1pm every weekday for prayer and reflection.
Finally please note that I am starting Jury Service on 7th June for two weeks so my availability will be limited.
With grace and peace in the Lord Jesus,