Bulletin for Sunday 22 March 2020

In Today’s Bulletin:

1. Letter from our vicar, Ian Tomkins
2. Mothering Sunday Power Point service
3. Resources to encourage your faith
4. Copies of Morning Prayer and Holy Communion Services

1. Letter from our Vicar, Ian Tomkins

Dear Friends

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times. But there is one steady constant—the grace of love of God for each one of us. Bristol Cathedral put out an encouraging statement in which they said, ‘The Church is not closed. The Church is changing’. And this is absolutely right. We are the church, the Body of Christ, wherever we live and work. The ways in which we care for each other over these coming months—our families, friends, neighbours, those who are vulnerable, those in great need, will give witness to the truth of the love of Jesus Christ in new and beautiful ways.

Together with you, I shall be working and ministering in this changed reality, and we shall be doing all we can to support, encourage and resource you and your faith journey. I think the old fashioned way of using the telephone to have lots of conversations will come back into fashion again in a wonderful way! Who can you ring today, to see how they are, to offer a friendly voice, to see how we can help?

And pray. This is a time and opportunity as never before, to pray and to go deeper into our relationship with God as we intercede for His world.

On Sunday morning when you would have been in church, pray for each other, and you can use the resources attached. WE shall be praying for you and for our country.

Also this Sunday, March 22nd, Mothering Sunday, we are called to a national day of prayer & action. At 7pm, light a ‘candle of hope’ and put it in your window as a sign to our communities of our prayer and Jesus, the Light of the world (and take a picture, if you can, to email to me, for me to post on sites).

Please know that Richard, John and I and our staff team are thinking of you and praying for you every day. We welcome your prayers for us too, as we seek to re-imagine Church.

‘My soul finds rest in God alone: my salvation comes form him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.’

Psalm 32:1-2Open Link in New Window
With our love and prayers
Ian (Vicar, St Matthew's)

2. Mothering Sunday All Age Service

Do it yourself with the aid of these slides.
All age mother’s day service
At the end we suggest you sing Big Family of God.

3. Resources to help encourage your faith

A. Church of England Apps

Create space in your day for prayer, praise and Bible reading with this simple daily service. Free to use.

Join the Church of England in prayer with daily services for Morning, Evening and Night Prayer. Free for online use (click one of the download buttons not the blue icon), or £2.99 subscription for use offline (in app purchase).

The Church of England’s Lent campaign for 2020, helping you protect and care for creation. Free to use.

Church of England Apps: See all of these Church of England Apps.

B. Church of England Daily Prayer: Resources for Prayer During the Day

4. Copies of St Matthew's Morning Worship and Holy Communion

Holy Communion for Lent
Morning Worship for Lent

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