Prayer & News Sheet Sunday 22nd March What a week!? Pause—and know that God is in control. In the place of fear and anxiety, God invites us to faith and love. We have talked often of being “whole life disciples” of Jesus, his people the church, sometimes gathered together (on Sundays) but more often dispersed in everyday life (Monday—Saturday). Current circumstances require us to find new ways of being the church—new ways of gathering for worship (largely online) – new ways of supporting one another in every day life. More than every we need to support one another and seek God’s empowering to “be church” in the place he has put us. Revd. Martin Cannam
No public worship will take place at St. Peter’s or the Good Shepherd until further notice. Instead we will be gathering online for: Sunday Worship @ St. Peter’s, Heswall @8am we will email a link (and post to our Facebook page) a video of more traditional worship filmed at St. Peter’s with a hymn, Bible reading, sermon, liturgical prayers & communion. Heswall Church Live @ 10.30am we will provide a live Facebook stream to contemporary worship, Bible reading, talk and interactive prayers
Encounter Live! @ 6.45pm we will use Zoom for multi-site, interactive worship led by young people, with contemporary worship, talk for young people, and prayer response. YF will get to dial in first; others will join later.
Staying Connected if you are part of a life group, ministry team or small group, we’re looking to use these as our principle means of staying connected and caring for one another. We’re asking leaders to initiate weekly contact, prayer for one another, practical help and spiritual resources. We’ll be making much more use of email and our Facebook page. We’re working hard to ensure those not on email or in groups are all included.
Looking to Serve The current situation summons us to look outwards to the needs of others. There are 3 simple forms of service all Jesus people are called to: 1) action “love your neighbour”, “Let you light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 2) words “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” 3) prayer “the Lord is near, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” Act, Speak. Pray!
We now have six committed travellers to Uganda for the Adult Trip this summer. The dates are Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 25 July 2020. The Focus of the trip will be: special educational needs and disability awareness for the teachers at the Rock of Joy schools.
Our new events and services calendar is up and running to give you an up to date view of everthing happening at St Peter’s Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd. Click Calendar on the menu to view.
Revd Lyn Weston is moving on to pastures new. In this short video she shares some of her thoughts on the highlights and the challenges. Lyn is taking up an exciting new role nationally as Director of Church of England Relationships with LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity).
We believe in the power of prayer and thanksgiving. In St Peter’s Centre and the Church of the Good Shepherd Church, we have placed prayer boxes and prayer/praise cards. Prayer request cards allow you to fill out your requests anonymously or share with others to pray together. Praise report cards allows you an opportunity to thank God for answered prayers, His provision, His faithfulness or share a testimony of His unfailing love.
Whatever else you’re planning to read this summer, can we encourage you to get hold of a copy of Pete Grieg’s “How to Pray”; read it in the garden, by the pool… wherever. Holidays are traditionally holydays; invest in your spiritual life with this great read!