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I hope you are well. If you are thinking about holidays of some sort may you get some time for rest and relaxation in another setting. Watch out on the roads please. They will be very busy.
Bibury Close, Chelvey Rise
For all those who work to keep the busy south-west road system running smoothly during holiday time.
In low-income and lower-middle-income countries, nine out of ten people have no access to basic surgical care. Mercy Ships charity hospital ships sail directly to these people to offer the medical care they need – for free.
Morning Prayer at 9.00 a.m. by Zoom next week will be on Monday and Wednesday. Do ask me for an invitation if you would like to join. All you need is a phone or tablet with microphone and camera.
This week’s Sunday service will be live-streamed from Golden Valley School. Michelle will be leading us and I will have a small part to play. We will also link in music and prayers. I will send out the link on Saturday, after we have had a technical rehearsal at the school.
We are starting a summer series on Exodus. This week the Burning Bush (Exodus 3 and 4). There will be extra resources for children online.
After the service there will be Zoom coffee as usual, at 11.30 but also live in the school grounds. Bring your own coffee and biscuits for a half-hour, socially-distanced chat in the great outdoors. Weather forecast is currently good. Toilets will not be available.
It’s foodbank week so please make a donation either in person at Crown Glass Place or via the Vicarage.
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I received an interested email from Open Doors who serve the persecuted church worldwide. If anyone is interested using, or promoting this material in small groups please do so.
Secret Church features multiple activities and stories, all of which have been designed to work on a video chat service like Zoom or Skype. Although the session lasts around 60 minutes, feel free to cut out elements, or spend longer than suggested on others – to make it work for your group and context.
Each activity allows those taking part to experience something of what it might be like to gather under the threat of persecution. We’ve taken ideas and approaches from underground church meetings all around the world and translated them into a simple session outline for you to use with your group or church.
For families who want to use a resource at home, our Secret Church: Children and Families resource provides an interactive and creative ways of learning about, and from, the persecuted church.
We hope these experiences will draw your church family closer to God, sharpen their vision of His worldwide church, and encourage them to pray for our brothers and sisters facing persecution.
To find out more about Secret Church, see this page of our website.
General Job Vacancies
- Children’s work co-ordinator and week-by-week helpers
- When we start meeting again we will desperately need more help with the laptop. Could you learn to do this?
- A Home Group co-ordinator
- Deanery Synod reps, Church Council reps, Church Council secretary from the Annual Meeting
Details of all these jobs available from wardens or clergy. Do have an informal chat.