November 2020 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the November 2020 Newsletter.
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November 2020 Newsletter: Cover & Vicar’s comment

November 2020 Newsletter: Services, Events, Prayer

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Online sermons will continue

After Sunday morning services resume at St Christophers on 6th September, online sermons (either video or audio) will continue to be posted for the benefit of those unable to join together in worship. The sermons may not be available until after the service has taken place

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Arrangements for resuming services at St Christophers church

This post is dated 30th August.

  • Services will resume on 6th September at 10 am.
  • They will last no more than one hour.
  • Toilets are available if necessary, but please go at home beforehand to try to avoid their use and the increase in risk of infection.
  • Seating will be spaced at 2 metres.
  • Please also wear a face covering.
  • There will be no congregational singing.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

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Sunday 6th Sept. Church services resume.

St Christophers will be meeting together at the Academy for Sunday morning worship starting on Sunday 6th September.

However, there will be many changes, so we intend to post further information here at the start of next week.

There are no plans at present to resume weekday activities.

Keep watching!

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Being Humble during Lent – Vicar’s Comment

The period leading up to Easter which we call Lent reminds us of Jesus’ time in the wilderness, and can also remind us of the need for self-sacrifice – as we seek to follow in his footsteps.

However, if we’re not careful it can also be a contradictory time. For example, in Matthew 6 Jesus describes fasting as something which is ‘done in secret’ by his followers (6:18, NIV), and yet perhaps we’ve not always been shy about telling others we’ve given up chocolate or whatever for Lent!

We don’t have to fast during Lent (in fact we’re not commanded to fast on any particular day of the year), but Jesus’ teaching for when we do fast should remind us that such things should always come out of our relationship with God, not out of a desire to be seen as holy by others, or out of merely following a tradition, or as a way of ‘earning’ God’s favour (as if that were possible!).

In our walk with Jesus, let’s remember those words we often use in confession, which remind us of how personal and humble our faith should be: ‘To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8, NIV)

And that humble walking with our God – whether during Lent or not – is of course only possible because of the Easter story: Christ’s death for sins and resurrection.

In Jesus’ name
Chris

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March 2020 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the March 2020 Newsletter.

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March 2020 inside

March outside 2020

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‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’ – Vicar’s Comment Feb 2020

‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’. So says Nehemiah to the returnee Jews in 8:10 (NIV) of the book which bears his name.

Where do you draw strength from?

The temptation might be to think that the simple pattern of rest / work / rest / work is applicable to the life of following Jesus, but when you think that ALL of life – including our rest – is part of the Christian life, you can sense it’s not that straightforward!

Instead, maybe think of this: have you experienced that sense that when something excites you, it energises you?

You could be feeling a bit tired, but a kick-about in the park might well ‘pick you up’ for the rest of the day.

Nehemiah tells us here that our strength for serving God comes out of our joy in Him.

So, if you feel like you’re flagging following Jesus this year, don’t think that stopping following for a little while is the answer – instead pursue Him, ask Him to give you joy through his Holy Spirit, ask Him to excite you, so that you can be energised for his work!!!!

Yours in Jesus’ name
Chris

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Newsletter Feb 2020

Below are the 2 parts of the February 2020 Church Newsletter.

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February outside 2020

February 2020 inside

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God is big enough – Vicar’s Comment

I wonder how you view a New Year. Perhaps it depends on whether you are naturally more of a planner or a ‘live in the moment’ sort of person?

If you’re the former, perhaps it’s tempting to think of new seasons of life such as a new year as opportunities to clear all the rubble away and build from scratch again – this, that or the other will change this year, this year’s it’s going to be different!!

As Christians, we are called to seek God and His perfect ways day after day, month after month and year after year; this is a good and godly thing to do.

But if things don’t go to plan, if your attempts to build from scratch don’t turn out as you hoped, remember that God is big enough to handle any unexpected challenges which come your way as you seek to follow Jesus.

As Romans 8:28 says, ‘ in all things God works for the good of those who love Him’ (Romans 8:28 NIV). So pursue God in 2020 and remember – He is big enough for anything coming your way.

Yours in Jesus,
Chris

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January 2020 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the January 2020 Newsletter.

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January outside 2020

January 2020 inside

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