This fortnights news letter from Steve
Sundays 16th & 23rd May
Nothing much will be changing Monday onwards at Christ Church Walshaw as a result of the government's announcements last Monday as we continue to follow the easing of restrictions 'road map'.
While we are all looking forward to things being back to normal at this time we still aren't able to sing in church and while the Prime Minister has been a little fuzzy in his guidance in respect to hugging close family and friends at this moment in time, the Wardens and I would encourage our church family not to be hugging one another quite yet in church. This may well change 21st June onwards but we will have to wait and see.
Thanks to all who were able to join us for our Annual Meeting / Annual Parochial Church Meeting. While we didn't have any nominations for Parochial Church Council member or Deanery Synod Representatives I am really pleased that Pat and Nicola were elected our Church Wardens for another year. Please do keep them as well as our current PCC and Deanery Synod folk in your prayers.
Things have changed in how we do our annual meeting as well as the business of our meeting. Sideseople are no longer appointed by the APCM ... they are now appointed by the PCC. Once we have done this I hope we can commission them along with elected people from last year's annual meetings plus our Eucharistic Assistants who were approved by the diocese last year and Paul and Jane who are fast coming to the end of the Authorised Lay Ministr's training. Lots to celebrate ....!
This Sunday's service
Our service this coming Sunday (16th May) I will be leading our Morning Worship and Frank will be speaking to our text from the Bible. As usual all are welcome. Hope to see you. The service starts at 11am.
Baby & Me
As we are unable to have our regular Baby & Toddler Group on Wednesday mornings at the moment we are starting something new for the interim ... 'Baby & Me' sessions at Christ Church Walshaw, for parents of babies not yet crawling. A chance for getting together with other parents, chat, encouragement and more. Places are limited to ensure a Covid secure environment. Just contact Steph (email below) if you would like to know more or pass Steph's contact details on to anyone you think might be interested. The next session is this coming Wednesday ... 19th May at 11am
Baby & Toddler Group Online
Our next Baby & Toddler Group Live Online with Wiggle & Steph is next Wednesday 19th May. Action story, songs and more ... you can join the fun here at 10am (and after that too): https://www.facebook.com/WalshawChurch/live_videos
This fortnights Going Deeper Video
Joan Bakewell interviews Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones
This 20 minute interview is a treasure chest of priceless gems.
Joan Bakewell (a humanist) seems to delight in her conversation with Dr Lloyd-Jones as he speaks about a range of topics including how the modern day view of man is on the wrong track; the arrogance of ‘man’; how sin at one time was ashamed of itself but now excuses itself; and how the Church has had its greatest influence on society and social conditions when she has been Evangelical.
A must not miss interview still as relevant today as it was when it was recorded in 1970 … if not more so.
Martyn Lloyd Jones (1899 – 1981) was and is still remembered and loved as a highly respected elder statesman of British evangelicalism.
You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vbydx95tVQ
Book of the Month
Our April / May Book of the Month is
‘Gentle and Lowly: The heart of Christ for sinners and suffers’
By Dane Ortlund
This book will help you know more about Jesus and why he described himself as “gentle and lowly in heart”.
A reviewer said:
“I am really enjoying reading this book. Its like a really good meal - something you just want to savour. I'm in no rush to finish it. On every page I feel the wind of the Spirit blowing through and drawing me deep into greater glimpses of this Wonderful King who so freely and happily pours Himself out for us all.”
The book is available from £11.39 (hard cover) from good Christian bookshops as well as online from sellers including Amazon:
Praying with Bury Churches Together
There is another time of prayer for Christians from across our town and from across denominations at 7pm next Friday 21st May at 7pm. You can join the meeting here:
Meeting ID: 742 8011 5132
10 Minutes with God: Tuesday 25th May at 7.30pm
I'll be leading us in prayer for our community, our nation and the world online on this Tuesday (25th May) at 7.30pm. All welcome to join us here:
Pentecost: Sunday 23rd May
On this Sunday we will be having a service of Holy Communion. I will be leading and Norman will be reflecting on our readings. All are welcome to join us for this service which starts at 11am.
Please keep the situation in Israel and Palestine in your prayers, as well as Muslaha's ministry of peace & reconciliation, and the Munayer family.
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19: 23 - 25)