'The building is closed but the church still meets.'
Join us online again for this week's services
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
This sunday 31st May at 10.30 am we will meet online to worship and are looking at Acts 2.1-21
Remember to have your sponges ready! Hopefully you have found these at your door.
Join us on Wednesday for our Online Mid-week Communion; an opportunity to meet around the Lord's table for spiritual communion and fellowship. Each week, Natasha will share reflections from a variety of reputable and orthodox teachers from centuries past. Extracts will be read to us from sermons, hymns,
theological treatises, Biblical commentaries, letters, prayers and poems... to deepen our faith. You are warmly invited to join with us at 11am on Wednesdays or watch again later here.
KIC at home bags are bags filled with activities and ‘stuff’ so our youngest people can join in with church at home. Each one contains things like a map, stickers, a journal, dice, counters, games and a craft activity, a tea-light, bubbles and a stone. Click on the link here to find out more. Email photos of your finished craft to email@example.com for us to share with our wider church family in the Friday Newsletter.
Life Groups Meeting Virtually
Wildfires Festival online: 24th -26th May 2020
For those of you who joined in with the Wildfires Festival online last weekend, do watch this video of thanks from them. Our blog post on the event will follow shortly.
Stoke Poges Village Store Cupboard
We are still offering our usual deliveries and have capacity to send out more bags of shopping if you know of anyone who would like this service.
We would particularly welcome donations of cornflakes, Rice Krispies, muesli, and washing up liquid this week, although all donations are gratefully received.
For more information, including how you can drop off items and more importantly how to access the Store Cupboard if you need food, please click here. Our continued thanks go to everyone who has helped so far: either by donating, packing up, working behind the scenes or delivering the food. Click here for full details about the Store Cupboard
Although not meeting in the same room, 3 of our 4 Lifegroups are
still meeting virtually via Skype or Zoom. There is an opportunity to join in on a trial basis from your own living room and if we get lots of interest, perhaps even a whole new group! Please contact Natasha to see which group might suit you. What is a Life Group?
Fancy a Chat?
If you would appreciate a friendly phone call once or twice a week, please let us know, and we can arrange for one of our team to keep in touch regularly. Please contact Debbie on 01753 642331.
Supporting Good Mental Health
The Church of England has updated their Thirteen Daily Reflections booklet, to make it especially relevant and thought-provoking during the current pandemic and it is well worth reading. It includes reflections on Bible passages and habits to try for yourself. We will be highlighting some of the writings over the next few weeks. Life sometimes feels like one long to-do list. It always seems like someone else manages it better than we do. There is nothing new in frenetic activity, and the longing for space, for time to think and just catch our breath, particularly at this difficult time.
Jesus reminds Martha that all of us need a balance between activity and rest, between doing and being, between throwing ourselves into work and responding to demands, and proactively looking after our deeper selves. It may be you can only carve out a minute or two at a time – but those are precious already. Find time today to sit at the feet of Jesus, and listen, to him, to yourself, to the deeper, quieter voices of life..
St Giles' Reapers
During this time of crisis, the Reapers are unable to meet fortnightly as usual, and their numbers are somewhat depleted due to current restrictions, but the grass is still growing! If you are looking for ideas for your daily exercise, we can 'buddy' you up with with one of our still-reaping seasoned pros, for a short session - and hopefully a short season - of tidying a small area of the St Giles' churchyard. If you can help, please contact Debbie.
What else can I listen to?
There are plenty of other ways to hear God's word at home, even if you aren't the most gifted with computers. Don't forget favourites like:
Radio 2 Pause for Thought weekdays at 5.45am and at 9.20am
Radio 4 Thought for the Day Monday to Saturday at 7.45am
Sunday Worship at 8.10 am on Radio 4 Episode guide
BBC1 Songs of Praise 1.15pm this Sunday Episode guide
Sunday Worship on BBC iplayer Episode guide
Daily Hope free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers -available 24 hours a day - 0800 804 8044
Also for this week:
Cafe Théologique - On Monday 1 June at 7:30pm, Dr Rebecca Watson, Tutor and director of studies at the Eastern Region Ministry Course, Cambridge will be interviewed about her research on God, the Bible and the sea. Dr Watson is co-author of Blue Planet, Blue God. Please join us on Zoom (no password is required).
Needing some family worship time?
For those of you with young ones who’d like some family worship time ...check out Worship for Everyone on Facebook, where Nick and Becky Drake and family stream their live Live "Family at 4" sessions.You can also investigate their website at www.worshipforeveryone.com
And finally a light hearted cartoon from the Diocese Magazine. We trust this wasn't (often) your "old normal" experience of our services and look forward to when we can meet face-to-face at "Hybrid Church" and "Future Church" as part of our three phased Church Road Map. As Natasha told us the Road Map will guide us through this Covid-19 pandemic.