Foundations of Faith Begins Thurs 26th Jan

Foundations of Faith is an informal discussion group on the “Christian Basics” (what do we mean by God? Who is Jesus? How can I understand the bible? What about other faiths? – there’s no end to the possible questions!) – looking at the central claims of our faith and trying to understand them better. It’s very informal and there are no right or wrong answers on offer, just a chance to share ideas and hear some of the ways people have answered these questions in the past. It’s as valuable for committed Christians as it is for people who are considering the claims of faith – and it’s also a good preparation for adults thinking about baptism or confirmation. The initial course is of 8 session course and it will begin soon! We’ll meet fortnightly, and we’ve gone with the most popular day for those who have expressed interest so far, which is a Thursday. We begin on 26th January at 7.30 pm in the meeting room – the blue door to the left side of the church as you go through the gates.  So contact Rod, 652788, if you’d like to learn more, come along on Thursday!

Andy’s Tots – every Tuesday at 1.30pm in Church

What is “Andy’s Tots” all about? It’s a mixture of songs, craft, stories and games for children aged 0 to 4 years. We begin in church sitting in a circle and singing a few songs – favourites  include “Mister Cow” and “Have You Seen the Pussycat?” – and then a simple story followed by making something (it might be a Mother’s Day card or a decoration!). Then we might have a march – and have a turn at ringing the church bell. Then it’s drink and a biscuit, after which, we get the ride-ons and toys out for the last 10 minutes or so.

Why?  Well, we’re not trying to recruit anyone for church! We simply want to give an opportunity to parents who feel that knowing God loves us is an important part of their children’s learning,  to explore that together in a fun way!

One of the mums says, “My daughter is 2 and she loves Andy’s Tots. She’s always excited about going and she sings the action songs all week long!”

There is no charge, but a contribution of £1 is helpful if you are able. You can park in the front of church whilst you’re at Andy’s.

Come along and join us – you’ll enjoy it too, we’re sure

The Church is Open!!

I’m delighted to say that our church building is now open from Morning Prayer at 8.30 am till about 3 pm each day. We’ve had to install CCTV for security, but as this now allows us to be open for visitors and pilgrims every day!

I recently visited – or tried to visit – All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, where Sue and I were married. It’s a major church in the centre of a large town, but it was locked up, with no indication at all as to when it might be open or how to find a key. The disappointment I felt made me realise how happy I am that we can finally be open for such occasions – and for the many, many people who value a time of quiet, reflection or prayer at all times of the week.

We’ve been experimenting now since October and I’m pleased to report that we’ve had not one single problem – and that every single visitor has valued our beautiful building and treated it with respect.

The more people who come in and out of the building, the safer it will continue to be.

It’s your church – do make use of it!

Every blessing

Rod

Lighting a Candle in Church

On the right side of church, near the font, you’ll find a stand where you can light a candle – and a card for you to take home – as well as a notebook where you can write down anything or anyone you would like us to pray for.

Often when we pray, it isn’t easy to find words.

You may want to say thank you to God, or ask him to be close to someone in need.

You may be remembering someone who has died and want to express love, thankfulness and heartache all at the same time.

But God always hears what our heart is praying, even when we can’t express it.

Lighting a candle can be a prayer without words. Just being still and  holding someone in your heart is enough.

When you go home, remember the light of your candle still shining and your prayer which stays as a light in God’s heart even when

every other light fails.




“Lord Jesus, let your light of love shine on me today and on everyone

I have been praying for.

You shared our earthly life and

you know and share our every joy and sorrow. Help me to

see you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

follow you more nearly

today and every day. Amen”

Parish Retreat at Glastonbury

Glastonbury Retreat 2017, Abbey House Retreat Centre, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March (3rd Sunday in Lent)

Booking form available at the back of church 

Why go on a Retreat?

The word “retreat” (apart from its meaning on the battlefield!) usually conjures up an attractive picture of anything from a cottage in the country to a quiet hour by the fire with a good book. I guess the more stressed our daily lives happen to be, the more we are likely to respond positively to the idea of a retreat.

But the point of a retreat for us is simply to spend time more closely in God’s company. Jesus set the precedent himself in seeking out a quiet place to pray— at pretty well every possible opportunity.

A good mix of worship, reflection, prayer and silence has been found over many centuries to be an effective environment for this to happen.

For some, complete silence is at the heart of a retreat, and we shall entirely respect this. But for others, fellowship, discussion and times together are equally vital –so here will be a room set aside for quiet conversation too. A trip to Wells cathedral has also become a tradition!

If you think you’d like to give it a try and would like to know more— do speak to Rod

 

 

Foundations of Faith Launches Soon!

Foundations of Faith is an informal discussion group on the “Christian Basics” (what do we mean by God? Who is Jesus? How can I understand the bible? What about other faiths? – there’s no end to the possible questions!) – looking at the central claims of our faith and trying to understand them better. It’s very informal and there are no right or wrong answers on offer, just a chance to share ideas and hear some of the ways people have answered these questions in the past. It’s as valuable for committed Christians as it is for people who are considering the claims of faith – and it’s also a good preparation for adults thinking about baptism or confirmation. The initial course is of 8 session course and it will begin soon! We’ll meet fortnightly, but which  evening depends on who is interested and when they can come! So contact Rod, 652788, if you’d like to learn more, or  keep watching this space for the starting date once we’re in business!

Andy’s Tots – every Tuesday at 1.30pm in Church

What is “Andy’s Tots” all about? It’s a mixture of songs, craft, stories and games for children aged 0 to 4 years. We begin in church sitting in a circle and singing a few songs – favourites  include “Mister Cow” and “Have You Seen the Pussycat?” – and then a simple story followed by making something (it might be a Mother’s Day card or a decoration!). Then we might have a march – and have a turn at ringing the church bell. Then it’s drink and a biscuit, after which, we get the ride-ons and toys out for the last 10 minutes or so.

Why?  Well, we’re not trying to recruit anyone for church! We simply want to give an opportunity to parents who feel that knowing God loves us is an important part of their children’s learning,  to explore that together in a fun way!

One of the mums says, “My daughter is 2 and she loves Andy’s Tots. She’s always excited about going and she sings the action songs all week long!”

There is no charge, but a contribution of £1 is helpful if you are able. You can park in the front of church whilst you’re at Andy’s.

Come along and join us – you’ll enjoy it too, we’re sure!

 

Annual Parish Meeting

Our Annual Parish Church Meeting for this year will be held in the church at 7.30pm, on Monday 25 April. Everyone is welcome to this meeting where we elect churchwardens and members of the Church Council . We look back over the past year and forward to plans for the year ahead. Refreshments are served when we are done!