Pew Sheet for 18 September

14TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Readings
Lamentations 3.22-26, 31-33; 2 Cor 4.16-5.4; John 6.35-40

Sunday Services

Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, St Stephen’s Church is open every day of the week from around 9am until early evening or dusk.  Please feel free to come inside the Church and spend some time of reflection, quiet or prayer.

We would also be delighted to see you at one of our services, with a chance to enjoy refreshments together afterwards.

  • Sunday Mass this month is on Sunday 4 September and Sunday 18 September starting at 10am – all are very welcome!
  • Our next Wednesday Mass will be on
    Wednesday 12 October at 10:30am

We serve Refreshments in the Meeting Room after all services, please do join us!

Services during the week

  • Said Communion 2nd Wednesdays 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.

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, Polly and Mary Jackson.
  • Those who have died.

PRAY FOR PAKISTAN

For energy and strength for the teams working round the clock to support people at this critical time. Also that water levels will reduce and the rains cease.

To donate to the DEC emergency appeal, go to:

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/pakistan-floods-appeal

To donate by cheque

Make cheques payable to DEC **Name of Appeal** and send to:

DEC **Name of Appeal**
PO Box 999,
London,
EC3A 3AA

PRAY FOR UKRAINE

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

You can also donate to the DEC humanitarian appeal at:

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
or call 0370 60 60 900

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
or call 0370 60 60 610

NOTICES

PARISH DIARY

Tue 20 Sep7.30pmPCC Meeting in the Chapel Room
Sat 1 Oct7pmHarvest Supper – see notices
Sat 8 Oct4pmCotswold trombone ensemble (Baroque to swing)
Sat 22 OctTBCChurchdown Male Voice Choir – concert in aid of RNIB
Sat 29 Oct2-4pmAutumn Fair

HARVEST SUPPER

On at 7pm on Sat 1 Oct , £8.50
Help needed – Please contact Adrienne if you can help with any of the
following:
Puddings: Sue has already offered to make one, will probably need two or three more
Entertainment: anyone who can do a Harvest Supper party piece to make the evening
entertaining

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICES across the South Cheltenham Team

  • Week 1: Wednesday 12noon at Pip and Jim’s
  • Week 2: Wednesday 10.30 at St Stephen’s
  • Week 3: Tuesday 10.30 at St Christopher’s
  • Week 4: Wednesday 10.30 at St Peter’s
  • Week 5: No service

The next Midweek service will be on Wed 7th Sep at Pip and Jim’s and the following week’s is on Wed 14th Sep at St Stephen’s.

COFFEE AFTERNOONS

On 22nd Sept, 2-4pm in the Meeting Room. Bring your knitting or sewing or just come for a chat. All welcome.

All around us we see changing understandings of human identity, changing
patterns in relationships and families, changing sexual attitudes and activity.
What does it mean for followers of Jesus to walk in love, faith and holiness
today? The LLF course is a great opportunity to explore these subjects in a safe and encouraging environment, and will be running for 5 weeks on a Monday evening, 7.30-9pm, at St. Christopher’s beginning on 3rd October. Please email Liz Johnson know if you would like to attend:
parishofficeleck@gmail.com or you call/leave a message on 01242 513647. You can find out more about LLF by copying the following link into your browser: https://youtu.be/g7A3wt0jqZM.

Cheltenham Elim Food Bank

To see which items are most needed at the moment, go to www.cheltenham.foodbank.org.uk.
Please place any donations in the Green box next to the font.

‘COME AND HEAR THE MUSIC’
St Peter’s Music Festival

will take place in St Peter’s, Leckhampton on Sat 8th Oct from 12-7pm. There will be musical performances by a large variety of mostly local musicians of all ages throughout the day, with a break for tea at 4pm. The programme will be available on the website www.stpetersleck.org/news/come-and-hear-the-music a few days before, so you can plan your visit. Everyone is welcome, and you can come and go as you please throughout the day. Entry is free but donations are encouraged; we are raising funds for the Gloucestershire Music therapy charity, Mindsong

SUPPORT ALPHA IN PRAYER

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that tackle some of life’s big questions and explore the basics of the Christian faith. It is designed primarily for people who aren’t churchgoers and attracts a diverse range of guests, including people of different ages and backgrounds, all with differing viewpoints. South Cheltenham churches are running Alpha on Tuesday evenings for 9 weeks at Emmanuel starting on Tuesday 20th September.

If you are interested in supporting Alpha and are not part of the team or bringing a friend along this term we would love to encourage you to support the course in prayer. Paul and Jenny Youde are hosting Alpha prayer support group at 7.30pm in their home on Tuesday 20th September. Further dates are still to be finalised, but please do email Paul paul.youde@yahoo.co.uk to join. Please pray for the guests, hosts and speakers as we make final preparations in the lead up to our Alpha course.

For more information about Alpha please get in touch with Robert Atkin at rob@cnc.church or find out more at www.southcheltenham.church/alpha

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