Attachments – (2) Prodigal Arts, Lent Challenge
Good Afternoon Everyone,
Adanna, AJ, Nonso and Ife
Noelle (former member) surgery for colon cancer completed and she is home
We pray for the re-wilding initiatives which aim to reduce Nailsea’s carbon footprint. We give thanks for the volunteers.
Almost half of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of a coast. Mercy Ships uses modern hospital ships to bring world-class volunteer medical professionals directly to the places they’re needed most.
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.
Ash Wednesday and Lent (17/2)
Michelle has devised a Lent course based on daily reflections (six a week, excluding Sundays). The readings for the week ahead will appear on the web-site every Wednesday. They will be on this link:
Lent is 40 days long if you exclude Sundays (which are always a day of resurrection and therefore joy). But the reflections are numbered without reference to days of the week so you may go at your own pace.
Starting on Thursday 25th February there will be a weekly opportunity to meet and pool reflections. This will be at 4.30p.m. on a Thursday afternoon. Zoom link next week.
There is an Ash Wednesday service tonight from Barrow Gurney which will be on the Long Ashton YouTube Channel at 7.30 p.m. They say:
‘We will be live-streaming a service of Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday, together with what we hope will be an innovative but meaningful way of receiving – remotely – the symbol of God’s forgiveness in the form of ash.
‘The service will be broadcast from Barrow Gurney Church via YouTube.‘
The Morning Service this week will be pre-recorded and placed on our YouTube Channel. I will lead and preach in the next instalment of Mark ‘The Tabloid Gospel’. We look at Mark 3:7-20.
We gather for Zoom coffee at 11.30 and Mark Walters from our mission partners Hope for Life will join us.
Do ask for the link if you would like to join us.
Big Breakfast for Men (6/3)
It’s almost time for the next Men’s Big Breakfast.
Saturday 6th March 8:30am
Our guest will be Mark Walters speaking on:
‘How can we prevent human trafficking and put an end to the $150 billion global industry?’
Talking Jesus (14/4)
The Talking Jesus Course, to give us all more confidence in sharing our stories, will be running for six weeks after Easter, online. There’s a good web-site with taster videos:
I suggest that Home Groups might use it instead of their normal material. It will be led by Andy Gray from the Diocesan Evangelism team and involve another church as well as a few individuals from around the diocese.
The dates will be:
April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 and 19
7.15 for 7.30 start
Aiming for 8.45 finish, but quite often people ask to keep going with chats until 9pm, and hang around afterwards.
If people want to, they can get a booklet from talkingjesus.org but all the questions are always posted on screen and in the chat. There is quite a bit of stuff at the back on the research. Again though, this is available for free online.
Please tell me if you would like to join. I need to know the names and emails even if your whole home group is joining.
Living in Love and Faith
This is the name of the Church of England’s lengthy discussion document sub-titled:
Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage
It is occupying my time at the moment. The Diocese are opening up the discussion at a one day seminar online on Saturday March 20th. We have space for one clergy and one lay rep. Is there someone who feels a challenge to go deeper into this material and would like to be our lay rep? It will be a huge endeavour if every church in the diocese sends two people. Much use will be made of individual study/thinking time and break-out groups.
Have a chat with me if you are interested.
Community Festival (28/8)
Please let Courtney Davis know if you are willing to be available to volunteer.
Our former Mission Partners Prodigal Arts have some good Easter resources available on their website. Do browse.
We have ordered a small supply (200) of cards from them. These give an opportunity to thank people, on behalf of the church, who have made an outstanding contribution to the community during lock-down. Members can ask for a card to personalise. They are now at the Vicarage. If you would like to send one Liz has offered to drop it round to you. Copy attached.
On Wednesday March 3rd at 2pm there will be a live Facebook service, which will also be streamed on the diocesan website, open to anyone who wants to come to pray and mark the life of a loved one. Please feel free to share this invitation widely. Joining on Facebook will allow you to submit the names of those you mourn, so they can be remembered by name.
Throughout Epiphany there has been worship liturgy and reflections offered for you to download from the diocesan website. These have been much appreciated and will continue until Easter. You can download them from the Vimeo channel, watch them on Youtube or play them through the Diocesan website.
Heulwen, youth-worker at Nailsea Baptist Church, has prepared a Lent Challenge, suitable for people of all ages to attempt. It is attached.
General Job Vacancies
- Video editor to cover for Mike
- 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
Details of all these jobs available from wardens or clergy. Do have an informal chat.