“I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Rev 3:20
I hope you have had a good week. This Sunday, our service is being taken by Rev David Sebley and will be our first week looking at the Purpose Driven Life series.
Following our service on Sunday we will be holding a short church meeting to update everyone following the meeting on 21st February with the Moderator and Tiptree URC. Everyone is welcome to stay for the church meeting whether you are a church member or not and whatever age you are (children and young people will be very welcome).
Men’s Chat and Chill
Peter writes: “This month’s Men’s Chat and Chill will be a breakfast at the Harvester on Monday February 27th at 9.30 am. Please feel free to invite a friend along and let Adrian or myself know if you are coming so we can book enough seats.
Looking forward to seeing you there and to talk about a monthly home group, led by Matthew and Adrian, starting on March 13th, 1.30 pm at Plume Avenue.”
This Lent we will be following the Purpose Driven Life book and we will be preaching on the themes from Purpose Driven Life. David Sebley will be starting the preaching series on 26th February. The books are available in church, one per family. We are encouraged to read a chapter a day as we look at “The Purpose Driven Life – What on earth am I here for?”. A big question which we will explore together during Lent 2023.
The cost of the book is £6.05 each. There is a note inside each book explaining how you can pay or make a contribution towards your book.
Sunday 19th February Lunch
Thank you to everyone who helped with the lunch last week and those who provided the delicious crumbles. It was so good to share together in fellowship and food.
Just a reminder that, as is our usual custom, we have a baby box in the church porch for gifts to be placed for Aurora. This will be the final week for collecting presents. Fran and Simon have shared that they do have most things for baby Aurora and therefore with that in mind have said “we would really like to encourage people to donate a baby item to the food bank. If there are those who would still prefer to gift us something, reusable nappy inserts would be a good choice or water wipes which are best for new-born skin.”
Prayer Ministry Workshop Saturday 25 March 10-11.30 am
Jill writes “We’re going to be holding a prayer ministry workshop at Plume on Saturday 25 March from 10.00-11.30 am. It will be a practical morning to help us all have more confidence to step out in faith and pray for one another. If we remove the word ministry, we’re left with a very familiar word, prayer. And this workshop will look at what praying for each other can look like, following the New Wine model of prayer ministry and praying in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will all be praying for one another and we will all be learning together. The work of the Holy Spirit is to build and encourage the Church so that we can be more like Jesus, love each other more and serve those around us. If you’re someone who has never prayed for anyone else and would like to – or someone who used to pray for other people, or someone who does it all the time – then this is for you, no matter your age or how long you’ve been a Christian. And please pray – ask the Lord to be in this and ask the Lord to encourage you as you come to this.
For some of us, Saturday mornings don’t work. If this is you, could you please speak with one of the elders or with Jill Ball and we will arrange an alternative workshop at a time that suits most people.”
Warm Welcome Hub
Thank you to everyone who has helped deliver the leaflets. Please do remember this project in your prayers and if you would like to be involved with helping on the rota or providing a cake, speak to Sue Watt.
Help on Sundays
We would like to restart having volunteers to help with the unlocking and locking up of the church buildings on a Sunday morning.
It will basically involve arriving at about 9.30am to unlock the fire doors and gates and the paddock (in consultation with the duty elder and door steward). Following the service there will be the need to ensure all doors and gates are locked, all windows closed and all lights are turned off. You would be the last person to leave the church.
We also particularly need some additional folk to help with tea and coffee on Sundays,
If you can help with either of these please do let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speaking to Liz or Jo Barnard-Edwards.
There will be prayer meetings on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 9.30am and the Zoom details will be e-mailed early in the week. The Bible Study homegroup on Zoom will be meeting on Tuesday at 7.30 pm as we continue the Lectio course – again Zoom details will be sent out early next week.
With love and blessings.