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
The letter to the Hebrew Christians has the words: ‘Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.' (Hebrews 12:2)
A group of us tried to sing together last week. Thanks to Zoom, we could all see and hear one another. The result was interesting, to put it mildly! Two key things needed working at.
We weren't really keeping together. Sound and movement weren't always synchronised, but that wasn't the main issue. We needed to listen to one another more carefully. We improved a lot when one of our number started to conduct. Also, although we were singing something straightforward, some of us didn't remember all the words. (It's clearly time to get my head round that screen-sharing facility!)
Our present crisis gives us a common focus. We want to get through our current situation as well as possible. And we want life to return to normal. As Christians we have a common focus in our faith in Jesus. We seek to grow as believers, we seek to share our faith with others so that God draws them to himself. We need to listen, to God and to one another. How many potentially good things get frustrated because we don't stop to think, to focus on what God is saying to us, before we jump in? How often do we draw opposition or find ourselves ignored because we don't really listen to other people? We can find ourselves singing a solo when we need to be part of a choir.
And we can forget some of the words: some of the things we need to include in our thinking and actions. We remember much of what matters in our Christian faith. But we can forget some of those awkward bits about love, or forgiveness, or humility, or persisting in prayer, or using the gifts we have ....
The trouble with illustrations is that they can so easily be misapplied or misunderstood! If we're comparing a group of Christians worshipping and serving together with a group of people singing together, let's remember who the conductor is.
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!
Click to open our most recent PrayerCal 2020a.
(pdf file, ready to print onto A4)
Our Sunday Service for 24th May
An excerpt from the Communion Service if you'd like to celebrate the Lord's Supper.
Creative Prayer Activities
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!