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I thank thee God

I thank thee God

My attention was drawn to a beautiful poem by Elizabeth, Countess of Craven, who lived in the late 18th and early 19th century. It’s entitled ‘I thank Thee God, that I have lived.’ She writes about all the beauties of life but also considers the sad times and difficulties and how we should also give thanks for those.

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May 10th newsletter

May 10th newsletter

In light of the revision of the rules allowing limited access to Church buildings, the Vicar will be celebrating a service of Holy Communion in St. John with St. Mark Church at 10.30am on Sunday.

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The power to Glow

The power to Glow

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on May 31st 2020. With it being Pentecost, the theme will be: ‘The power to Glow’. We’re going to attempt this via Zoom and you’re very welcome to dial in and muddle along with us. Please let us know via the Contact page.

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The song of our Syrian guest

The song of our Syrian guest

Psalm 23 is many people’s favourite passage of scripture. It gives great comfort at times of crisis, just like we’re in now. But it also speaks of God’s care in our ‘normal’ everyday living. There’s an even amount of light and shade here. Thankfulness during the good times – but recognition of God’s protection in the bad.

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May 3rd Newsletter

May 3rd Newsletter

All public worship continues to be suspended until further notice. However, never forget that the church is not a building. It is a community of Christians worshipping, praying and caring separately, but united in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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Stations of the Resurrection 2

Stations of the Resurrection 2

This is part two of our Stations of the Resurrection for Eastertide. These have come to us from the United Benefice of Kirkdale with Harome, Nunnington and Pockley in North Yorkshire. Many thanks again to the Reverend Sue Binks for giving us permission to share this.

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On our road to Emmaus

On our road to Emmaus

I love this story of the road to Emmaus. Scholars don’t seem to know where Emmaus actually was – but that’s not really important. It was far enough to make a good story – and close enough to get back and share it with others…

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May 2020 Bible Readings

May 2020 Bible Readings

Here are the May 2020 Bible readings. This month takes us from Easter Season and into Pentecost. There’s plenty of action to read about as the first followers of Christ get to grips with the implications of having a risen Saviour.

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Yes, He lives!

Yes, He lives!

Do we find it harder to accept that God can do great things? We can get dragged down and become negative; things will never change; how do we get out of this rut? Perhaps that’s why getting our heads round Easter and Jesus rising from death is difficult and we doubt, if only within ourselves…

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Stations of the Resurrection

Stations of the Resurrection

In the latter part of the twentieth century a complementary devotion to Stations of the Cross emerged. These were called the Stations of the Resurrection or the Stations of Joy – a Celebration of the Great Fifty Days of Eastertide. As the with the Stations of the Cross we move from station to station, reading an appropriate Bible passage and meditating on it.

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Our Tom

Our Tom

We would like Thomas! Today he’d probably be a Church Warden and we’d call him Tom. Only his mother ever called him Thomas. You know where you stand with our Tom. And we shouldn’t be at all surprised at what we see in today’s passage from John. Afterall, Tom is just being a bit more straightforward than all the others.

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Celtic Prayer

Celtic Prayer

The basis of Celtic Prayer is that there is no distinction between the sacred and the secular. It’s all interconnected and interwoven. God is in the thick of it, bound up in all aspects of our lives. And every part of the life that we lead could and should be prayed about.

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Supporting the church

Supporting the church

Like churches everywhere, with the buildings not being open at the moment it means that we are unable to physically pray and worship together. We’re doing what we can to worship on-line and support each other remotely. However, it also means that we’re not getting revenue from hall lettings, fund-raising events or from the weekly planned giving envelopes.

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Called by name

Called by name

John told stories. Stories about people just like you and me. In the closing chapters of his Gospel, we learn about the risen Christ through three people. Mary Magdalene, Thomas and Peter. They had the same worries, doubts and failings as we do. It’s through these three that we understand the implications for us today on Jesus coming back to life. And how we’re each called into action.

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Craft Ideas for Easter Sunday

Craft Ideas for Easter Sunday

Sunday 12th April is Easter Sunday. Below are a handful of craft ideas for children to do at home which illustrate the story found in all 4 Gospels about Jesus rising again after dying on the cross. There’s also a rainbow for colouring in and putting in the window.

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