Welcome to Holy Week at St Mary’s. Together we will be remembering the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection through online services, as well as in the church and woodland. Links to online services will be emailed as reminders throughout the week. If you would like to be added to our email list please ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the many volunteer stewards, readers, intercessors, and leaders who make all this possible!
One way to express our thankfulness for vaccines received, and show love for our neighbours, is to donate towards vaccines for others around the world. The Church of England is supporting the VaccinAid campaign led by UNICEF UK. Find more information on the Church of England page.
Each week in Lent we will focus prayer on a particular area of our parish by walking or using maps asking God to show the needs and blessings for that area. Week beginning 21st March will be the streets along Nanpantan Road and a bit further afield.
Official Notice of of APCM and Election of Church Wardens followed by first meeting of new PCC
These will all take place on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 7.30pm by Zoom.
Our annual meeting by Zoom for the election of Church Wardens will take place followed by the Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). If you would like to see the reports please click on the link below to e mail Adele.
Adele's letter 28th February - Second Sunday of Lent
As part of the journey of Lent there is an invitation to greater self-awareness - both of our weaknesses and strengths - but the good news is God knows us better than we know ourselves and still loves us.
Here are some pointers to direct our thoughts and prayers in support of the Neema Crafts community as requested by Ben and Katy - • pray that we would continue to experience God's miraculous protection from the virus across Tanzania. We have now experienced some cases, but please pray that the death toll remains low. • continue to pray that that we receive all of the orders and sales we need to pay staff. • pray that the rains would be 'just right' this year. We are in the middle of the rainy season and they seem to be going well so far - last year we had way too much, and houses were flooded and crops and roads damaged. • praise God for Chloe who has arrived just in time to promote the new web-shop and market our products further afield. • praise God too for Joe who has already been put to work designing a range of lower cost furniture for hotels. We are hoping to be commissioned by a new Lutheran guesthouse that is opening up for pastors and their wives. The furniture production should also enable us to train up a new team of deaf carpenters for this sort of work which would be fantastic. • pray that we can overcome the frustrations to our ministry that seem to have beset us so far in 2021.
Adele's letter 21st February - First Sunday of Lent
A challenge is issued to fast from negative behaviours and replace them with positive action for good this Lent. God is always there to help focus on particular personal challenges during this time.
Although the past year has been difficult for all of us, for some very difficult, we can remember what Jesus said: “In the world, you will have trouble, but cheer up! I have overcome the world!” A positive thought to hold onto as we prepare for the week ahead.