An exercise class for anyone of any age and ability
1-2pm Wednesday in the Parish Hall
12.30pm – prayer and bible time for those keen to have spiritual exercise before the exercise class starts
Thursday morning in the Vestry
From 10.15 am
For anyone over 65 who likes to talk and meet up with friends old and new from the Vale
Year 6 to year 11
Games, food, ‘thought for the day’ from the bible.
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This is a challenging time of the year. Still in the cold dark of winter, we long for Spring. Patience is needed.
In psalm 40 David looks back to a time he was in a dark place and waited patiently for the Lord to pull him out into the light:
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. Waiting for the bus, for the birthday, for the weekend, whatever it is. Waiting for the Lord is hardest of all because we don’t know when he’ll act.
In the Psalm, David looks back to a time when he managed to wait for the Lord, and wasn’t disappointed:
4 Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
The crocuses and snow drops came up last year and Spring followed. The Lord will make it Spring again. He’ll lift us out of the dark into the sun again:
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
He can do it. He will do it.
Every blessing in Christ,
If you’re not able to bring someone to hear the good news about Jesus, how about coming along to support and encourage those who have?
Or come to learn how to point people to Jesus more effectively.
Or come to give yourself a spiritual top up in the middle of the week with brothers and sisters as the joy of last Sunday fades and
the Sunday ahead is still a few days away.
Pray for the good news of Jesus to change the lives of all that hear it at
Why are we here?
Who is Jesus?
He is a real person?
What about death?
Can anyone trust the bible?
What’s the point to life?
I want to know about…
If you have questions, then Christianity Explored is for you.
email firstname.lastname@example.org and book yourself on a course, or arrange to have a conversation with Ian, the vicar.
Dear church family,
All the farms in our area were built over long ago, and we feel removed from the rural rhythms of planting and reaping.
Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to remember where our food comes from, and pause to give thanks for those who get it onto the shelves and around in the delivery vans.
Behind all of the agricultural and retail workers, stands the Lord our creator who gives us all the food we enjoy, and who is to be thanked above all. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:3 that God created food and marriage ‘to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received
with thanksgiving …’
There were and are very religious, ‘spiritual’ people who, then and now, abstained from certain foods and even from marriage. And there is a time and a place for fasting in both, to free up time and energy to seek the Lord in prayer. But most of the time, and at harvest time particularly, marriage and food is to be enjoyed with thanksgiving and celebration with family, friends, and loved ones in the community.
So, come and join us this Sunday 9th October for our harvest service and lunch in the hall after. We’re having a simple soup and bread lunch to celebrate harvest, in recognition that two thirds of the world don’t have enough food, while our one third has too much. At the lunch there’ll be an opportunity to give to the Barnabas Fund, helping Christians in Pakistan after the recent floods.
Also, join us for the 90 anniversary celebrations on the 15th October from
2pm – 5pm in the main Church building. There will be plenty of burgers, cakes and other delights at ridiculously low prices, at the family and community celebration for the building being 90 years old. As well as refreshments, there are games for all ages, live music and ‘join-in’ demonstrations from groups which meet in the Parish hall. Scouts have a knotty problems stand, and there is a chance to see more about the history of the church, and spot your road as it looked almost a century ago.
I hope to see you and am looking forward to that,
Every blessing in Christ,
Photo: Margaret Jaszowska on Unsplash
Harvest Lunch this Sunday 9th October
After a harvest service in the church building at 10.45,
please bring along some soup or bread for a simple lunch together.
Please speak to Ruth or Denise if you’d like to
contribute some soup or bread.
Please bring along donations for Barnabas Fund who are
supporting those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
This is what your donation could buy:
Mosquito net (one per family) £2.50
Emergency family food package to last 25-30 days £20
20 plastic sheets for temporary shelters (one per family) £28
Clean drinking water and water purification tablets for 50 families £38
90th Anniversary Celebration
Keep inviting folk to this event. We’ve had a few changes to the programme and have more solo singers and light jazz.
If you’d like to make cakes to go alongside the drinks on the day, please bring them along at 2pm.
Family games will kick off the afternoon from 2pm – 3pm
Food bank donations are welcome.