NEWS

Sunday Morning Service 30 January 10.30am

Bobbie will be leading our service and Ben will be preaching on ‘My eyes have seen’, Luke 2:22-40 and is the last in our series ‘Light and Glory’.

If you are unable to come to the Sunday morning service in the building, you can access it live each Sunday on zoom. An edited recording of our Sunday Service will be available on our YouTube channel.

Coffee Mates

Coffee Mates meets most Fridays from 10.30 am to noon. Why not bring a friend along for a chat over coffee and cake?

New Knit and Natter Group - Starting from 11 February the group will run at the same time as Coffee Mates, 10.30am-12 noon, so we have the added pleasure of drinks and lovely cakes on offer while we knit. The only cost is for your drinks and cake.  The group is for all those who love knitting or have always wanted to have a go and would like to start with something simple.  Anyone who crochets is very welcome to join us and maybe show us how to crochet!  All are welcome.  We have a supply of wool and there will be some spare needles.  If anyone has any needles or patterns they would like to pass on please get in touch.

If you are available on Fridays to help set up or serve at Coffee Mates (you don’t need to commit to a whole morning) please contact Miriam or Amanda.

Lunch Club

Lunch Club meets most Wednesdays 11.30am-2pm. We enjoy activities, social time, a thought for the day and of course a hot meal cooked by Bobbie. If you would like more details, please contact Amanda in the office.

If you are free on Wednesday and have a gift for running activities, leading a thought for the day or serving by washing up please contact Bobbie or Amanda in the office for more details.

Update on Covid Measures

What's staying the same

To protect the vulnerable, we continue to encourage everyone to wear a face covering during services.  In case any visitors do not have one, the Welcome Team will have a few masks to hand out.

We will continue to put out chairs in groups of two next to both sets of windows in the main hall.  Please contact Amanda in the office if you would like to reserve a seat in this section.

What's changing

We are making the Test & Trace signup voluntary.  If you wish to be informed of a confirmed case at a service, please either scan the Test & Trace QR code or sign the sheet in the foyer.

You no longer need to book a place at the service (unless you want to sit in the socially distanced section by the windows).

Comment from Ben

I realise that there is a large range of opinions when it comes to wearing masks in church.  Some churches have made face coverings totally optional, others are still asking people to wear them.  Most other places where people gather are no longer requiring people to wear them - but I think church is different, and perhaps we should set an example about protecting those who are most vulnerable.  After all, wearing face coverings is not about 'me', it's about loving our neighbour.

I wish we didn't need to wear them - they are a pain when singing (even more so for those who wear glasses), leading and preaching to a bunch of eyes instead of faces isn't great, and they make things more formal and restrained when I long for us to feel free in our worship services.

However, the bottom line is that (within reason!) I want people to feel safe and valued when they come to one of our worship services.

‘Monday Prayers for our Country’

On Zoom at 6pm on Mondays for 30 minutes, term time only.

We pray for our government and other leaders, for issues of concern in the news, for the poor and marginalised, for Christian witness, and especially at the moment, for preparation for the UN climate conference in November. If you would like to join in (you can join in silently if you prefer) please contact the office or Bobbie for the link.

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