This is where you will be able to find our plans for re-opening our church buildings as the country slowly eases out of lockdown. This could well be a difficult and slow process to negotiate, but we have people's health and safety as top priority. Please follow our protocols to keep yourself and others safe.
Sunday 21st June
Both Cottesmore Church and Greetham Church will be opening to allow people in for personal private prayer.
Cottesmore: 10-1pm Saturdays and 12-5pm Tuesdays
Greetham: 10-12pm Saturdays and Wednesdays
None of the other benefice churches are able to open.
Sunday 28th June
Although the government have announced that churches may open for services from the 4th July, we will be waiting for a better time to commence worship together. At the moment we have found that sharing our services together online has allowed many more people to join in worship than would have usually, so we will continue with these until at least August.
You might be thinking about taking the chance to read the Bible more or regularly. Here are some links to places that provide daily readings that you can use.
Unite714: Join with the world in Prayer
This is an exciting opportunity to join our voices with our fellow Christians across the world and to do exactly what God asks us to do if we are to claim His promises to us.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
As we try to navigate shifting guidelines and what is being called 'the new normal', we can be reassured by the unchanging nature of God described by James (1:17):
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
Life around us may be full of 'shifting shadows' but God, our Father, never changes in His deep love for each one of us and in His faithfulness. May we all rest in that love and faithfulness today.
Don't forget to join us in prayer together each Thursday. Eight o'clock prayer - if you can't make it at 8am then go for 8pm. Of course you could always pray twice!
We also have an online Prayer Watch that happens every Tuesday at Noon via Zoom. You are very welcome to join us - to do so contact us at CottesmoreBenefice.Office@gmail.com to receive the link.
Urgent Prayer Need
and also a chance to take action...This is a request from the Tearfund humanitarian team for the people of Yemen.
For details, click Yemen. For a possible letter to your MP click Letter.
Click to open our most recent PrayerCal 2020a.
(pdf file, ready to print onto A4)
Our Sunday Service for 9th August.
Also - did you know you can listen to our weekly service on the phone? Tel: (01572) 497000
An excerpt from the Communion Service if you'd like to celebrate the Lord's Supper.
The Prayer Room
Rev Rhona Knight from Oakham, whom some of you will know, is producing some thoughtful and creative prayer activities that she's sharing with us. To take a look at all the activities there are - click on the picture and choose a day.
We are currently on A Journey with Jesus.
A Superb Online Game for Children!
The Guardians of Ancora is a game developed by Scripture Union and is both Biblically based as well as safe for children to play.
You can play it through the web or via a number of different apps available for phones and other mobile devices. Just search online for it and have fun!