This Sunday morning at 10.30am we will be 'learning from children' in our Worship for All service - looking at lots of wow and wonderful things in our world. The Children's choir will be singing - bring them at 9.30am if they'd like to join in (you're welcome to stay for coffee while they rehearse). The short family friendly service starts at 10.30am and this week will include one miracle (oh, yes!) and several hula hoops (not the type you can eat - does your child know how to hula hoop? Bring it along). We are going to be putting on 'Joy Specs' and seeing the world in a whole new way. We'd love to see you there.
PS this week all our collection will be donated to the DEC appeal for the famine in East Africa - please do come prepared and let's do what we can for children and families in East Africa
Come along this Saturday 25th March and challenge Steve Davis, six times world snooker champion to a game of pool! For the price of a donation to Hope 4 see if you can beat the former world number one snooker player or have your photo taken with him.
Rugby Double Glazing is hosting Steve to celebrate the opening of their new showroom from 2pm this Saturday. The shop is 41-43 Temple Street.
This morning the Knit and Natter group had a visit from the Chairman of Friends of St Cross Hospital Willy Goldschmidt and the secetary June Witcomb. They came to collect many amazing 'Twiddlemuffs' knitted by members of the group.
A 'twiddlemuff' is a knitted article with lots of different textures and items for twiddling! They are very helpful for patients with Dementia, giving them something calming to with their hands. For more info about Knit and Natter please follow this link: Knit and Natter
Messy Church is changing format after a number of years running. Messy Church normally runs on a Tuesday after school, we have noticed that for many of our families there is a huge number of after school opportunities and our numbers have been falling.
We have decided to relaunch Messy Church in a new format at a new time. So every school holiday we will hold a Messy Church event for you and your children. It will be the usual mix of fun, games, crafts, food, stories and celebration time however we wont offer a full meal. This is because we will hold it between 9:30am and 12 noon so there will be a snack time and more time for crafts and activities.
We hope this means more of you will be able to come along.
Here are the forward dates:
Good Friday 14th April 2017
June Half Term:
Thursday 1st June 2017
August 1st – 3rd 2017
October Half Term:
Thursday 26th October 2017
Thursday 4th January 2018 (Film Night)
If you miss the chance to do something monthly with your child don't forget you are very welcome at Worship for All on the first Sunday of every month where your child can go into the Children's Choir
Last Saturday we held a Prayer Day for Project Welcome, which is our church redevelopment plan. Being very aware that an important application for a large sum of money had been made on our behalf to WREN (thank you John Scouller for your hard work), we met to pray for the outcome.
If we were to be awarded this bid we would be in a position to go ahead with the first phase of our building work.
We won't know the outcome of this till late May/early June.
But a story of amazing generosity was unfolding at the same time. It all began in the middle of the week before last, when a young friend of mine, Rosie decided to make some cakes (I think Mum helped) and took them them in to her school to sell them to raise funds 'to help open that door in Sheila's church'. Here is Rosie's cake stall and her friend who helped her.
Rosie raised a wonderful £8 from selling her cakes in school and duly sent it off to us. I came to the prayer day ready to tell this story about Rosie as it had really touched me and as I told it we uncovered another story: that we were just about £1500 short of raising 50% of the total needed for Phase 1 and if we possibly could reach 50% in the next 4 days then we would be eligible to apply for a different grant from a different organisation which could hopefully bring in another fairly large sum of money. Would we be able to reach the 50% mark in 4 days?
I'm delighted to say that within 24 hours of sharing these two stories, over £2,500 pounds has been pledged, this is on top of the £5,000 also donated to allow us to make the big bid to WREN, so a staggering total of over £7500
THANK YOU to everyone who pledged so generously, you know who you are. Thank you to Rosie who reminded me of Andrew offering his lunchbox to Jesus. Often in church we are not very straight-forward about finance but the fact is we can't run or re-order the church on fresh air! This photo show the total at the end of the morning service - the additional figure was pledged over coffee and more has come in since!
We give glory to God and continue to wait and pray asking for him to help us grow.
This is our Prayer for Project Welcome
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for our church building and community of your followers who meet in it. We thank you for those who followed you faithfully in the past establishing and developing this building. Make us good stewards of this resource and all the gifts you have given to us. We pray that our building may better reflect the welcome you call us to give to the community around us. We pray that our door may be opened, our facilities improved and that you will keep us united as we work, pray and give towards these practical goals. May we grow in faith, may we grow in numbers and may we grow into a community of people with you at the centre, where everyone is welcomed and enabled to come closer to you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Rev Sheila Bridge
Minister of St Peter and St John's Church, Rugby