The LORD is my strength and my defence, he has become my salvation. You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:14, 28-29
Well what a week it was last week! So much to give thanks for, especially to see so many of the church family gathered together on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate together our Risen Lord! A number of folk have commented how it felt like a new beginning for the church! As well as a great time of being together in the service, there were nearly 40 families engaging with the Easter Egg Hunt Trail in the afternoon.
Thank you again to everyone who got involved to make our Holy Week and Easter activities and services so special.
Men’s Chat and Chill
Peter and Adrian write: It has been a difficult couple of years hasn’t it! Some of us have had Covid, some have lost family and close friends without being able to say goodbye properly. For many it’s been a time of isolation. As we are seeing more and more restrictions on our lives being lifted, it would be good to start something to help us guys get back into socialising again. To this end we want to start a fellowship group on a Monday afternoon at Plume on April 25th from 13.30 – 16.00, initially this will run once a month. Here we will be able to provide a safe area to meet up and chat over tea/coffee and cakes, read magazines, perhaps play board games (chess, draughts, and dominos), darts in other words just come along to “Chat and Chill”. Future ideas are for days out, walks, breakfasts … There will be no lists of things to do and no agenda’s, just time to chill out together.
Sunday May 1st Service and Picnic Lunch
Next Sunday, Nigel and Heidi Moat will be joining us. Nigel will be leading our service, including Communion. We invite everyone to bring a picnic lunch to church so that we can have some time together after the service and catch up with Nigel and Heidi and each other. We will provide drinks. Hopefully we will be able to do this outside as the weather looks like it will be nice so if you can please do bring a garden chair or rug to sit on.
Daniel is coming to Colchester and will be with us from 7th – 12th May. The timetable so far for his visit is:
Sunday 8th May – Preaching at our morning service
Monday 9th May – Meeting with the leadership team
Tuesday 10th May -10 am Coffee and chat and an opportunity to catch up in an informal way on the work going on in the Kenya Projects we support. Evening meeting with the youth
Wednesday 11th May 7.30pm – An update on the Kenyan Projects – all welcome.
Thursday 19th May 12.30 pm
Do join us for Soup and a roll lunch in aid of Christian Aid – more details to follow
Sunday 5th June Jubilee Celebration Community Lunch & Activities
We will be opening up the church gardens for the church and community to come together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We invite everyone to bring a picnic lunch. Cakes, scones and drinks will be provided. We will need help to set up the gardens with gazebos and furniture and also help with the catering. We hope to have some activities available – if you have some ideas for this or would like to offer to help in a craft tent then do let us know.
Please speak to Andrea or Liz.
Foodbank Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the Foodbank – we gave about 130 kg in March. Next week, 30th April, we won’t be open on Saturday morning to receive donations but you can still bring these to church on Sunday morning and place in or near the crate in the porch.
The Foodbank are running out of a number of things. The current list of items needed is:
Hope you have a good weekend and week.
With love and blessings.