1 April @ 14.10
Palm Sunday is this Sunday. It was suggested in last's week's service that children may like to have drawings of a happy and a sad/angry face to hand (perhaps either side of a paper plate if available) ready for the service. Wendy (you can take the Scramblers away from the leader but you can't stop the leader being creative) Richmond has produced this template which may help the less artistic amongst us.
Also another craft challenge. Our palm crosses are stuck somewhere in Kingston so why not make your own. Have a look at these - made from reed, rosemary and knitting (thanks Gaynor) - and come up with your own. Again if you can send pictures to Helen in advance we can all see them at the service on Sunday but in any event you will have one ready to hold high and wave on Sunday!
And if you're a knitter with time on your hands and want to knit 6 inch squares (30 stitches size 8 needles and double knitting wool) plain or striped to make colour blankets for Mission Without Borders get knitting and Marilyn will be happy to receive them at some stage.
Finally as the first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating April birthdays - any you want to tell us about? Let Helen know.
1 April @ 09.22
we are with Jesus as he is condemned by the Sanhedrin in our Daily Act of Worship in Passiontide.
We also prayed for:
Corkran Road and Hailsham Close
31 Mar @ 12.05
Roads included in prayer this morning were:
and should have included Birchington Road which will be prayed for tomorrow - apologies!
Here is a cartoon from the fantastic Dave Walker - do check out his website for more www.cartoon church.com - so many truths expressed in a way which amuses and challenges.
31 Mar @ 09.21
Today for Daily Worship
we follow Jesus as he is betrayed by Judas and arrested.
30 Mar @ 17.20
Responses for our Daily Worship in Passiontide:
We adore you O Christ and we bless you,
All: because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
And towards the end:
holy and strong
holy and immortal
have mercy upon us.
30 Mar @ 16.58
If you regularly use the Prayer Calendar in InforMatt to pray for the congregation, the Parish and beyond and would like the Calendar for April then please email Brenda Tyrrell at email@example.com
for one. If you don't already use it, you could start now!
Sorry, thought we had posted these but if Week 2 of Home Schooling feels rather daunting take comfort in the fact that the holidays are nearly upon us and here is some helpful advice:
30 Mar @ 09.26
For the next fortnight during Passiontide we will be 'Walking the Way of the Cross' as we journey with Jesus through the Biblical Stations of the Cross.
we are with Jesus in the agony of the garden of Gethsemane
29 Mar@ 16.35
There will be some for whom going without Holy Communion on Sundays will be difficult. This prayer may help:
O Lord Jesus Christ,
since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally,
I humbly pray Thee that Thou wouldest come spiritually to my soul.
Come, Lord Jesus, come and cleanse me, heal me, strengthen me and unite me to Thyself, now and for evermore.
29 Mar @ 13.14
and you can listen again (!) or for the first time here
Suggest you fast forward through the first 9.30 minutes which is just waiting . . . !
Thanks To Jess, Sophie, Daniel Jen and Pete for a great Bible reading and thanks so much for all your comments of support and appreciation - TOGETHER we are CHURCH!
29 Mar @ 09.41
Should be live in our service in just under 50 minutes - this is what the broadcast studio looks like!
28 Mar @ 09.24
Daily Worship for today
Please join our live streamed service tomorrow at 10.30am.
Either click here
or join us through Facebook. If you use the link here you DO NOT
need a Facebook account.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD TONIGHT - SO DON'T BE LATE FOR CHURCH!
27 Mar @ 08.26
Daily Worship for today
and something to help you think about staying well
in all sense of the word.
26 Mar @ 16.30
This is the link to our live-streamed service on Sunday at 10.30.
All you need to do is click here
. You do no need a Facebook account or understand anything about it!
PLEASE REMEMBER THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD ON SATURDAY - SO DON'T BE LATE FOR CHURCH!
Apologies that Daily Worship was late today - technical issues again - but it is here
In the meantime thank the Lord for THiS Team. Yesterday clergy had a good call together to work out what we could offer across the Team.
On Sunday we are planning that St Paul's provides a 9.30am Eucharistic service - find it at St Paul's Facebook page (St Paul's Church Hook) or on their website.
There will be a live-streamed St Matthew's 10.30am all age service - more details to follow about access.
At 11am St George's will have a short interactive service for children. If you are interested in that please email Helen since you will need to be invited to Microsoft Team to take part.
St Paul's are also running a nightly Evening Prayer at 8pm - access too from their Facebook page.
DO REMEMBER THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT OTHERWISE YOU WILL MISS IT ALL!!!!!
25 Mar @ 09.29
Daily Worship for today
(last amended 24 Mar @ 16.53)
A bumper posting today along with our new 'Keeping in touch' logo.
Another comment from a congregation member which says it all:
This is all so surreal. Thank God I'm a Christian! I can't imagine trying to cope with this without Christ at my side.
And then some pictures to cheer us up and inspire us. Thank you to the Houghton children - any other budding artists out there?
Keeping in Touch (last amended 24 Mar @ 10.35)
Daily worship for today
Keeping in Touch (last amended 23 Mar @ 16.41)
The first of our Daily Worship videos
- it was meant to be out this morning but technical difficulties conspired against us . . . more tomorrow and hopefully on Facebook too.
Keeping in Touch (last amended 22 Mar @ 12.51)
Happy Mothering Sunday
This is what we did last year in church together - why not try it again this year, apart but together . . .
Stand up if you are a mum . . .dad . . . . brother or sister . . . . uncle or aunt. . . . cousin . . . neighbour . . . friend . . . Stay standing up if you have ever helped to care for someone. . . if you have ever shown love to someone, nurtured them, shown someone a kindness. In that case I suggest that you have all taken part in mothering someone else – in encouraging and reaching out and helping and loving them. And that is what we celebrate today. Now, sit down if you are prepared to continue to do that . . . .
Keeping in Touch (last amended 21 Mar @ 19.28)
Rev Helen Hancock speaks on the God of yesterday, today and forever
. . .
Keeping in Touch (last amended 21 Mar @ 13.55)
We have put together some resources on worship for adults and children - take a look here
Keeping in Touch (last amended 21 Mar @ 12.22)
Tomorrow we had planned for the Children's Choir to sing a song for all mums. Gill Davies kindly wrote some special words to the 'The Greatest Showman' hit tune 'This is me'.
Why not download the words
and turn up the karaoke version
of the tune loud and sing away tomorrow! You'll have to download the PowerPoint first and then the song and it's quite tricky to fit the words to the music but it does work!
Keeping in Touch (last amended 21 Mar @ 12.04)
Lots of resources coming your way today about worshipping on Mothering Sunday particularly the BBC Sunday Service
led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and also a creative idea for worshipping with children tomorrow.
Please keep checking back to see what is new - there will be a further worship resources document later today with lots of ideas for children.
Keeping in Touch (last amended 20 Mar @ 10.20)
There is clearly much pain and anxiety in our world but this gives us a different perspective. It won't be everyone's experience and not all the time but here is a message received from someone in our congregation earlier this week:
As you know, my relationship with my faith is always up and down. I wanted to share with you that during this time, I’m feeling a strong connection and finding comfort in “God’s plan”. Having spurts of anxiety is often followed with a calmness and the positives to come of this awful situation. The canals are flowing in Venice, the fish have returned, I haven’t spotted an airplane in the sky and I keep thinking about the rest nature is getting at this time. And I find myself praying more. Which also feels easier.
Anyway, nothing really poignant to say, just wanted to share something positive.
Keeping in Touch (last amended 19 Mar @ 10.15)
Thanks to Jen for sharing this:
Keeping in Touch (last amended 18 Mar @ 16.22)
This is where we will be posting information and resources for this difficult time for us all.
The Church of England website
will give you all sorts of information and assistance - why not check it out.
We are in the process of seeking to set up groups for pastoral support across our two congregations. More details to follow soon.
One person's take on the current situation:
A prayer for us all:
Bless us all, particularly now.
Particularly when we are comforting others
Particularly when we are offering hope
Particularly when people are isolated
Particularly when we feel overwhelmed ourselves
Particularly when we are afraid.
Help us to remember that you are right here, now, in the midst of us
Calling us by name.