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Good Afternoon Everyone,
Ed and Ruth
Andrew on the loss of his Dad at Christmas
Crewkerne Close, Glastonbury Close and Wells Close
For Courtney and the Community Festival team, trying to make plans for the summer without excessive financial commitment.
For the Ayo family in Morogoro, Tanzania. This week Jovan turned 2, Alfie started school and Jenny and Fadhili celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary. That’s quite a set of milestones; congratulations and thanks be to God.
Morning Prayer next week at 9.00 a.m. is on Monday and Wednesday. Do email for the Zoom code if you would like to join us.
The Morning Service at 10.15 a.m. will be on Zoom. The church has invested in a new professional version so we will not be interrupted after 40 minutes.
We will have Ed preaching on Mark 1:16-34. David and I will lead us through with some music to listen to, and join in at home if you wish. After the sermon there will be an opportunity to discuss and respond in small breakout groups for a few minutes.
I will open the doors shortly before 10.15 to enable us to be ready for the start. As there may be quite a few of us please use ‘mute’ after the initial greetings and remember to ‘unmute’ if contributing.
Be in touch if you would like to join us.
Preachers’ Support Group (18/1)
This is an occasional group to support regular and occasional preachers in local churches. It is next Monday at 7.30 on Zoom. Do ask me for the joining details if you are not on the list.
The next main rota for February to June is available. I will circulate it separately so it doesn’t get overlooked.
Here’s a brief thought. For all the discussion about the pressure on our healthcare professionals it remains true that Covid care and vaccinations are free to all of us in this country. Many poorer countries are not able to make this offer to their people. I read that New Zealand have committed to paying for vaccinations on all their surrounding small islands.
Impressed by this Liz and I have decided to make a donation to UNICEF when we are eventually vaccinated as a thank-offering.
£63 helps with transport costs for over 4,000 doses
£45 helps with cold storage for 500 doses
£31 provides full PPR for a health-worker
SPIRITUAL RESOURCES SECTION
Mind and mood (26/1)
The Wellbeing Practitioners at Wellspring Counselling are soon re-running a free virtual Mind and Mood group for those aged 11 – 18 who live or go to school in North Somerset. They ran this group in October 2020 and received positive feedback.
This Mind and Mood group involves learning techniques to help manage your mood and anxiety. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles, as well as practising mindfulness and setting individual goals based on what the young person wants to achieve.
There are only 12 spaces available. Please share with anyone who you think may be interested.
The group sessions will be held every Tuesday on Zoom at 4 – 5:30pm starting Tuesday 26th January for 6 weeks. There is a week-long break for half-term so the final session will be Tuesday 9th March. Ideally, they expect the young person to try and attend all 6 sessions.
These groups are suitable for children with mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and/or low mood. They will complete a thorough risk assessment with them over the phone prior to the start of the groups to ensure their safety and suitability for the group.
The Diocesan email is available and includes links to several training opportunities to improve online activity – Zoom leadership, Facebook pages and video presentation skills.
General Job Vacancies
- Children’s work co-ordinator and week-by-week helpers
- We will need more help with the laptop. Could you learn to do this?
- More help on the sound desk
- Someone, with a Mac or ipad, to learn video editing to relieve Mike B from time to time
Details of all these jobs available from wardens or clergy. Do have an informal chat.