Last Sunday, following our Zoom Service, as I pondered at how successful these services were, a thought came to my mind, ‘Why do we need a building when we can meet for fellowship in the comfort of our own homes, to not get cold or wet or sit on old wooden pews?’
I believe that the aftermath of the pandemic will bring about many changes in both society in general and in the church, but I do think that it is still vitally important that we are able to come together for worship. I do not think that meetings over the internet, however useful both now and in the future can ever replace that bond of fellowship when Christians come together in person.
When we moved our services to Zoom at the beginning of January, we did so because of our responsibility to both the health and welfare of our congregation and the wider public. As the pandemic subsides and most of us have been vaccinated, we believe that now is the time to return to public worship and hopefully by the 21st June we will not only be able to sit as normal in church but sing as well!
Lent Challenge Continued – Doing the little things in life by being kind to others, the world and yourself.
Tues 16th Identify a book or DVD you could lend to someone else. Something they might enjoy.
Wed 17th Offer to do a job that somebody else normally does. Could be at home or church.
Thurs 18th Use the washing-up water to feed your plants.
Fri 19th. Make a list of all the good things in your life and thank God for them.
Sat 20th Have a leisurely breakfast and make something special.
Mon 22nd Make some cakes and share them with friends.
Tues 23rd Sit still for five minutes in a quiet room and listen to yourself breathing. Thank God for life.
Wed 24th Take a bunch of flowers to somebody you know.
Thurs 25th Smile and say hello to everyone you meet today.
Fri 26th Find something you don’t use and give it away.
Sat 27th Make a list of five people you have met today and pray for them.
Mon 29th. Get out some old photographs and reminisce.
Tues 30th. Think about what might make somebody happy and do it.
Lenten Bible Study Series - The Prayers of Jesus – all meetings start at 8.00 pm for just one hour.
Tuesday 16th. The Farewell Prayer. Bible Reading. John 17
Tuesday 23rd . In the Garden of Gethsemane. Bible Reading. Matthew 26:36-46.
This week Roy asks us to consider John 20: 1-18. Jesus died but rose and spoke to Mary, the disciples, and others. Tragedy was turned to victory for ever. How blessed are we that he rose also to live in our hearts and reveal God's love. Pray thanks for his loving presence.
Recipe Booklet - Do you remember enjoying one of Joyce's delicious oat biscuits with tea or coffee at church? Have you ever cooked Scotch Scallops? Just a taster of some of the recipes for the coming church cookbook as described in the last newsletter. But we need more so please give one of two of your favourites by email, handwritten or phone to Kath, Anne, cluster leaders or the newsletter delivery service.
A date for your packed diary, 31st March at 3pm - Welcome Wednesday will focus on two more of our artistic church members. More details will be in the next newsletter. Please join us.
Let us not forget our own Warrington Food bank.
Items currently in short supply are, tinned rice pudding, tinned potatoes, cream crackers, tinned meat(hot), corned beef, Angel Delight, custard, potato mash, tinned fruit, fish / meat paste, jelly, cat food. If you wish to donate any of the above or other items via church, please advise your cluster leader, Anne or Brenda.
Good news. A number of our church members have now received their second vaccination.