Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 -To everything  there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Thank you all that have come to the church to hang a Angel on the tree, they look beautiful swinging in the wind. All the prayers being sent up to heaven; we would love to hear any answers to your prayers so do drop us a line.  We’re also aware that this is a very difficult time and do please email or phone us if you would like support or prayer with anything that you are struggling with at the moment.

Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests  of others.

We have a team of pastoral support volunteers, and this team includes those who are bereavement counsellors and those who are Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs). An LPA role can vary widely, but they can be found working alongside the elderly, the housebound, children, the recently bereaved, the newly baptised and the sick. They offer a listening ear and a friendly face to many.  LPAs make a real difference to people’s lives by ensuring they are not lonely or isolated in difficult times. They do this as a practical sign of God’s love for everyone. They are recruited and trained by the church as volunteers and would love to help and support you.  You can get in touch by email: united.benefice@outlook.com or phone 01225 782717

News in the village

As we all know we all woke up to a beautiful covering on white snow the other Sunday. The children were outside laughing and having fun which was such a lovely site to see as so many children have not had fun for such a long time. It only lasted a while but that moment of beauty made us all feel good for a while.

Have you every thought that the snow is a window of the Father’s heart open wide?

Can you see His timeless message throughout the ages covering the earth in white redemption?

His heart has always been there to bring calm to the calamity, peace to the noise and rest to anxiety.

Each snowflake that falls is a kiss from the father a message from his heart to us.

Can you hear Him ? I love you, You do not have to be afraid.

This is just a small quote from “The Hush ” written by Molly Skaggs.

But it shows us that in every season it’s a opportunity to see Gods wonder and gifts to us, that he is there and he loves us.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we had the floods !!

Again! as the rain came and the village flooded !!!!  But again as we look at the floods our hearts cry:

Let your glory and your power

let your majesty and worth

flood the earth

flood the earth

let the rumours  of your kingdom

flood the earth

flood the earth

freedom  is here

fear has to leave

pain has to go Darkness  retreat

Every heart here find healing

Heaven

In this moment your revealing

Heaven

Song and full lyrics (Jesus culture )

Flood the earth

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Prayers

Angel Prayers

Psalms 34:7-8
If you honour the Lord, His angel will protect you.
Discover for yourself that the Lord is kind.

In the church porch there are some fir cone angels on the table, alongside a lovely flower arrangement.
Do you, or someone you love, need the protection of God ?
Take one of the Angel cones, chat to God about the needs and troubles you carry on your heart.
Honour God, by trusting him with your cares and worries.
Thank him for listening to you.
Hang the Angel cone on a tree in our church yard
If you would like to talk or pray with someone, then get in touch
Phone :782717
email :united.benefice@outlook.com

News around the village

As you can see new shoots are popping up everywhere showing new signs of life, in these times its easy to forget that God is showing us all around us that there is new life and he is still there even in this storm we seem to be in at the moment.
And showing us we need to be rooted with him.
So we may not fall over when the wind blows us, that we will be sunk with God’s love.
Our life in Christ is to be rooted and established in love
EPH 3:17

We hope you enjoy these pictures of signs of spring if any one has any pictures to share please send them to united.benefice@outlook.com


Peace in a time of need

I was very ill early last year, and was taken into the RUH. My memory for a while is very hazy, but apparently, my spinal cord was being crushed by my spine at the top of my neck. I have seen the MR scan recently, and I now understand why the doctors wanted to operate.

Without the operation I would have become paralysed and then died.

I prayed about it, and felt straight away at peace about deciding to go ahead with the operation, even after I learned that it had only a 30/40 percent chance of it succeeding.

I knew that the Lord had told me to go ahead.

I am now at home, and recovering very slowly. I know that God wanted me to live.

Val Wilkinson


Godly Connections

 

I was in the Shambles One day two years ago when I saw an American lady tourist. I talked to her and felt told by God to ask her home to tea It is a fifteen minute brisk walk up hill . She accepted, if she could bring her friend. Her name was Andi. We entertained these two ladies for an hour. When they returned to Maine, Andi wrote to me and said on the 25 occasions she had been to foreign places with her husband on business, she had NEVER been asked to tea by a stranger before. I said it was God’s idea. She is a Christian and wondered what significance there might be in our meeting.

Recently I wrote to Andi asking for advice about a technical opportunity I have in my business and received a highly intelligent reply. She said how wonderful it was that I was still researching something useful and gave me an introduction to a big American company in the silver business. Just the boost I needed.
I feel in my bones this is going to be useful.

God is GOOD. Do something Odd for God.

George Kent


Online Nativity

We are delighted to have our own online nativity for 2020. One year ago most of us had never heard of Zoom and now we are all experts (well…ok, still learning!) This fun Zoom nativity captures the essence of this strange year and has a gospel message with some fun Zoom moments built in. Hope you enjoy it and share it around it friends and family


Outdoor Church @ St K’s

At St Katharine’s we have been making much more use of our churchyard area to have our all age services, Eco church and Covid safe children’s groups.

Our first outdoor St K’s Together was a day that poured with rain but in this case, rain didn’t stop play! Adults and children all gathered around the campfire…. physically distanced but socially connected….as we celebrated being back together again.

With marshmallows toasting and the fire pit burning, we truly felt connected across the age groups.

Inside the church, similar groups worked on craft projects (physically apart but socially linked!) Using clay and chatting about a wide range of topics, there were times of prayer, laughter and a sense of being the church family together.

Our monthly Eco Church session involved using a Kelly Kettle to provide hot drinks. What a revelation! If you’ve never seen one it’s a real mystery until you know how it works! You’ll have to come along and find out! During this session we had great fun moving leaf mulch from the churchyard to the Coach House to plant daffodils in pots. Meanwhile, another group worked hard to rake the grass in the wildflower areas of the churchyard. Yellow rattle seeds were planted ready for wildflower planting in the Spring.

We are seeking to hear the Holy Spirit in these times and bring scriptural truths naturally into our conversations.  The planting of daffodil bulbs led easily to chatting about how prayers can seem to be unanswered but often God is working in unseen ways.

Looking at the amazing fungus on the decaying tree stumps covered how God has the most efficient recycling system, and His desire for us to care for Creation.

Perhaps most importantly of all, this new way of being church – having fun and even getting soaked – spoke to us all of connection and relationship. Connection with our heavenly Father who loves and delights in us. Relationship with each other, working together, being together, sharing together.  This new way of doing church has revealed again something important….WE… the people…are the church.