Pew Sheet for 6 March

1ST SUNDAY OF LENT

Readings
Deuteronomy 26.1–11; Romans 10.8b–13; Luke 4.1–13

SERVICES DURING THE WEEK

  • Said Communion Wednesday 10.30 (followed by coffee in the meeting room)
  • Morning Prayer Daily livestream at 9.00 (weekdays)
  • You can join Morning Prayer online at: http://www.stpetersleck.org and via Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pipandjims. You can attend in person at P&J on Mondays, at St Christopher’s on Tuesdays and at St Peter’s on Thursdays.
  • Daily Hope a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers is still available on 0800 804 8044.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: With the easing of restrictions the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory. However, please respect those who wish to continue mask wearing and social distancing. If you test positive for Covid up to three weeks after this service, please let us know by telephone or e-mail.

For Your Prayers

  • For all who work in the NHS, and essential workers
  • For all residents in care homes including Jean Haigh and Gary Hiscock
  • For all who are unwell including, Shirley, Joy, Gordon, Daphne, Christine Langdon, Polly.
  • Those who have died, including Alistair.

You can also donate to the DEC humanitarian appeal at:

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal

PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

Please pray for peace and protection for the Afghan people who are facing great uncertainty and the threat of serious human rights abuses. Pray also for all who remain, for courage and protection. You can find more resources here: www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/prayer-afghanistan

To donate to the DEC emergency appeal, go to:

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/afghanistan-crisis-appeal

NOTICES

From Fr Sebastian Aware that many are concerned about changes occuring at St Stephen’s, and in their spiritual and private lives, I will be sitting in St Stephen’s this coming Wednesday following Mass at 10:30am until 2:30pm. If you might value the chance to talk about anything current concerning you please do feel free to drop in. My time is yours. If another time would suit you better, please do ask me privately.

‘Women of Holy Week’ – Lent Course ’22

Our Lent course ‘Women of Holy Week’ begins next week and you can listen to the first podcast now by visiting our Lent Group page on the team website:  www.southcheltenham.church/lent2022.  The first podcast and discussion will cover p. 2-27 as we explore the first four stories.  In following weeks we will explore just one story each week.  We are asking that already established fellowship and study groups consider using this material during Lent and incorporating it into their meeting programme.  So, have a read of the book, listen to the podcast and then discuss with your groups.  If you want to join the teamwide discussion group on Tuesday mornings you are very welcome at Pip and Jim’s for the first meeting at 11am on Tuesday 8th March.  These meetings will circulate around the churches of the team.  If you are planning to come on the 8th and can email Liz Mitchell that will help with refreshments. You can email Liz at fizzmitchell@gmail.com. You can get the book here.

Conversations for an Evolving Church Robin Greenwood and Pauline Godfrey are leading a day of ‘Conversations for an Evolving Church’ on Saturday 12th March, 9.30-4pm, at St Philip & James Church, Leckhampton. Over the years of his ministry Robin has recognised how important being given a voice, that is listened to, is to the growth of individuals, the churches, and communities in which they minister. Using that knowledge and enthusiasm Robin, joined by Pauline, will encourage us to talk and listen, and to discover what God is saying to the churches. If you would like to know more about it or book a place, then please go to the following webpage on the Diocesan website www.gloucester.anglican.org/event/conversations-for-an-evolving-church/

Labyrinth Walking at Pip and Jim’s Why not come and walk the labyrinth at Pip and Jim’s (Grafton Road GL50 2DD) on Sun 6th March, anytime between 4 – 6pm. We are looking forward to the second of our monthly Labyrinth Walks. This ancient way of praying, contemplating and reflecting may be a new way for you to slow down and see what happens when you have the time and space to just be.  Labyrinths are an opportunity to take a pilgrimage, to reflect on the journey of life and Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.  We will have a guide for newcomers and Revd Liz Mitchell will be available to chat as well.  We will continue to offer this on the first Sunday of each month.  You may also want to invite spiritually minded friends to come and experience it for themselves.  For more information, please contact Liz at fizzmitchell@gmail.com.

Electoral Roll In the recent difficult times we have not been able to invite people to have their names added. Do consider putting your name on the list, which shows a real commitment to us. Please see Ann Bacon if you wish to be included.

Coffee/Tea after the Sunday service If you are able to help with refreshments after the Sunday service, please let Jacqui know.

Cheltenham Elim Food Bank (seeded by The Trussell Trust)
Please donate an item or two from the list: washing up liquid, instant mash potato, toothpaste, long life fruit juice, shampoo, tomato ketchup, brown sauce, mayonnaise. Please place any donations in the Green box next to the font.

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