News update for 22.1.23

Dear Friends

Here is this week’s update.

A little word

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.                                                                       Ephesians 4.2-3

I must admit I’ve only just realised that this is the week of prayer for Christian unity. You will no doubt have heard some of the leaks of what proposals are likely to come forward following the meetings of the house of Bishops. The official announcement is tomorrow (Friday) so then we will have a fuller picture of what is coming to General Synod in February.

Whether what has been reported is accurate I do not know. One thing I do know is that it will be impossible to please everyone. Traditionalist and revisionist positions are never going to meet. But I take the call to unity very seriously. I am never going to agree 100% with everyone else but that doesn’t mean I no longer call them family. At a local church level, nationally and internationally we will have to agree to disagree on some of this. But I hope and pray that we can find a way to maintain our sense of unity.

Things to pray for

  • Give thanks that God calls us to unity not uniformity.
  • For our PCC as they meet. For each person in a leadership role.
  • For the work of aid agencies, bringing hope to struggling communities.

Services

Sunday Gathering at 9.15am

Holy Communion Service in Christ Church at 10.30am with CoGs groups. 

This week’s readings are: Isaiah 9.1-4 & Matthew 4.12-23 

Refreshments to follow.  

Sunday evening at 7pm 

This week – reflections on the theme of Gentleness. 

10am on Thursday  

Holy Communion is now in the Welcome Centre, followed by Lunch Club. 

Next Sunday 29/1 is a fifth Sunday so we will be meeting with our friends from St Peter’s. It is their turn to host so we will be there at 10.30am. Liz Wills is leading us in a Covenant Service.

Keeping up

Reminders of contact details:

Maureen (for admin queries).    [email protected], 07765 232789.

Pip (for everything else!).             [email protected], 07799944436.

Earlier news

Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.       

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