As part of the American Days programme we will be holding a mini-book and bake sale, just in the Anglican Centre this Saturday … donations of cakes are welcome, along with helpers to sell books, and of course buyers for books … come along and bring a friend.
Thank you – to all those who helped make our Harvest Festival special: those who prepared the prayers for the continent of Africa, the children and those who helped them with their harvest song and dance, the musicians, those who donated items for Schwäbische Tafel and especially those who provided our wonderful African Harvest Lunch “The beans were very hot and spicy, delicious! I love plantain. And as always, the company at our meal was the best!”
Photos from Kara’s after service birthday surprise can be found here – if you missed the coordinated shoes and cakes take a peek!
CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 15th October 2018
Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus. It was a sign of God’s kingdom, bringing renewal and wholeness of life to those who turned to God in their need. Jesus sent out his disciples with the commission to ‘proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal’ Luke 9.2
In every act of worship, the church celebrates the grace of God who desires wholeness of body, mind and spirit for all people. In the Christian Calendar, around the time of St Luke (18.10. therefore usually the third Sunday in October) even those churches who don’t offer a weekly or monthly healing ministry, will focus on this aspect of Jesus’ ministry, and so, therefore, shall we this coming Sunday.
We bring to God our frailty and brokenness – not just in the forms of physical illness or even mental, but in guilt, anxiety and all the burdens which weigh us down. We also bring our concern for others. And above all we come in faith. Faith that trusts God knows our needs before we can articulate them, and whose love is stronger than suffering and death.
The Eucharist lends itself particularly well for such a focus where the risen Christ is present in sacrament to heal and renew and restore.
Following communion, while we are still in the circle, healing prayer will be offered to those who would like it. No personal details will need to be shared, not even with me. And the whole circle will be invited to have their eyes closed in prayer during this time. It doesn’t get more private than that !!
– we pray still for Brigitte’s Walter in his illness with currently much pain and for Brigitte as she cares for him and more tests he has this coming week
– there are others of our church family who are or recently have been ill and we pray for their recovery and for those who care for them
– we pray for the next round of Brexit Talks among EU leaders this week – this affects not only Brits but all of us who live and work in Europe
I would like to gather together a confirmation group – not urgent but if you have not been confirmed have a think and pray about this, talk with family/ friends, talk with me…..
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- Healing Eucharist this coming Sunday
- Booksale on Saturday 20th October
- Songs of Praise service on 28.10. with the ‘International Church of the Nazarene’ to close the America Days celebration fortnight
- Baptism on 04.11. to welcome William – parents please note bring Baptism Candles for all children – we will light the lot at the end of the service……
- St. Catherine’s Women’s Group
This month we will back to our usual third Thursday in the month, that is, Thursday, 18th October from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Last time we talked a lot about the Women’s Day of Prayer which we are hosting next March so this will be an on-going project and we would welcome your support.
- Ladies’ Evening Group (LEGS) Due to us all being busy, busy we are moving the October LEGS meeting to Monday 29th October -19:00 at Injeera Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or let Frances know if you are able to join us.
- Church Bazaar – Saturday 1st December – start planning what you can contribute or help with and speak to Alison – more details to follow.
we pray for any newcomers that they might feel truly welcome among us and as they discern what gifts God is calling them to share among us
Chaplain – every Monday: 14.30 – 16.00 and every Saturday: 11.00 – 12.30
If I am not there at these times there will be a very good reason !
Chaplaincy Administrator aka the lovely Lauris – every Thursday: 10.00 – 12.00
I am also at the Centre at other times so feel free to drop in – no appointment needed !