Notices 7th October
led by Nick Waterfield
incl. Junior Church & Crèche
"Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Baptism - This afternoon we are celebrating the Baptism of Jenson at 3:00pm. All are welcome to come celebrate and support him and his family. Katie.
Bible Study on Monday 8th October at 7:30pm. We will be looking at the second part of the book of Psalms. Katie.
CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES - The charity card shop is now open at 20 Chapel Walk (the same shop as last year) 10:15am-4:15pm Monday to Saturday. We would love to see you there (I am there all day Tuesday). You may recognise other volunteers, as well. Enid.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the Cards for Good Causes charity Christmas Card Shop. The sessions are 10:15am-1:15pm or 1:15-4:15pm. You do not need to do every week or the same days. If you feel you could help or would like more information please contact me. There is also a poster on the notice board. Enid.
Action for Children Sunday. Thank you very much for your donations which will be increased by Gift Aid donations. Your generous support is very much appreciated. An acknowledgement has been received and a copy is on the notice board. Stella.
Holy Habit Homework - October - an opportunity to continue reflecting, on your own or with others, on the habit of prayer.
'A prayer for the day' inspired by the poem ‘Sheep Fair Day’ by Kerrie Hardy:
“Come with me today, God:
- Walk with me and the dog to collect the paper - listen to birds, notice the new colours in the flower beds, greet the people we meet regularly on this road.
- Listen to the radio with me over breakfast - feel the frustration with politicians who will not answer questions, laugh at the banter between presenters who have become old friends.
- Sit in the car with me as I drive to a meeting - learn patience with other drivers in the rush hour, watch the speed as we go down the motorway, talk through the agenda in advance and think about the people we are going to meet.
- Walk with me through the city - notice the ones who are striding and confident and the ones who shuffle, the ones who sell the Big Issue or are even now rolling up the sleeping bag they have slept on the pavement in; agonise over whether to give or not? Have we got change? Have we got time to stop?
- Sit with me and my planning group - enjoy our growing friendship and trust in each other, listen as we focus and digress by turns, share our excitement at a good event coming together.
- Come home with me and collapse on the settee with the iPad, checking Facebook and emails, listening to H’s day and wondering what we will eat this evening: one of the children has had a difficult time at work - feel the knot of worry at the pit of the stomach that will rest until I speak with her myself.
- Join me in doing bits of housework - hanging washing and tidying up and, if it’s fine, some gardening (weeding mainly, picking fruit if there is some, picking courgettes and wondering what we are going to do with them all).
- Then sit down with H and the dog and some knitting to watch something on the television - feel smug when we answer the questions on University Challenge or Only Connect, work out who the murderer is, and despair once again at the state of your world.
- So, at the end of the day, when I replay it before you, I will know that you have been there, that you are with me, loving, caring, challenging reassuring and I can rest in your peacefulness until the new day dawns. Amen.”
We have been exploring prayer as a continual conversation with God, where we can offer anything in prayer. We have been reminded that when we pray there is no prayer that is wasted, or unimportant, or ignored by God. So, using this model ‘A prayer for the day’ have a go at trying to pray your day through with God, offering every little detail and placing the day into God’s hands. Katie.