This week we look at “Jesus through the blinded eyes of Paul”
Before Saul met Jesus, he couldn’t see him clearly because of mis-understanding and prejudice, but once he was blinded, he could see more clearly who Jesus is. If that seems to make no sense at all – ‘being blinded to see more clearly’ it would be good to come to this service at 11am on Sunday! You can read the story in Acts 9:1-22
We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray.
This Sunday is also when we would have our Christian Unity Service planned for 24 Jan 6.30 pm. Instead this year it has been suggested we stand in solidarity with the lockdown and pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth. We’ll be doing this together in spirit at 6.30pm
Our Community Pantry launched this week at St Philip’s Church – picture below. We had 17 customers on the first day! You can see how it works and promote it to those in Girlington looking at this page.
There was a real sense of trust that these people placed in us. They paid £5 at the door believing we would give them quality food and essentials – we did! This exciting project is going to be self sustaining which will allow us to provide help in other ways as soon as it is safe to do so. A big thank you to Clare who has worked so incredibly hard to make this happen – it is the first new project to be launched from our Parish Outreach Team that has been meeting and praying during lockdown. (There were 65 customers at the Take Out café in St Paul’s today, so we are helping an increasing number of people in need around our Parish.)
I’m sure you all know that during the current lockdown the Government has allowed Churches to continue to meet for worship. We have decided not to continue worshiping in Churches despite being allowed to do so. We feel that to do so is not really being a good witness in our community that is exposed to all manner of mixed messages. The health and well being of our members and the people of our Parish need to take priority at this difficult time.
This will certainly be disappointing news to some of you – but remember that it will be a profound relief to others.
There are still many occasions where we meet together virtually – please login and meet up with your church family, you will be blessed and so will we.
For the next month or so then we have 4 ways to meet virtually as church:
Wednesday 10.30am – Morning Prayer Phone in
Thursday 7.30pm – Freedom in Christ course
Sunday 10am – Zoom Prayer
Sunday 11am – Youtube Service
All to be found at this link: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
Please continue to pray for our church, our city and our nation at this time.
This week we are back at St Philip’s Church.
10am for Prayer
11am for the service of Holy Communion
Please note this will not be Livestreamed, but we will make a return to Youtube from next week 10th January 2021.
Steven Mitchell’s Funeral
Steven’s funeral will be at St Philip’s on Monday 4th Jan at 11am – it will be livestreamed as many who want to be there will not be able to under current restrictions. You’ll find the link and the service in the usual way.
Freedom in Christ
We are hoping and praying that 2021 will be a year of more Freedom for us all. As a church we will be following the Freedom in Christ Discipleship Course. This course has been described as an MOT for your spiritual life. If you’ve not made a New Year’s Resolution yet – what about deciding you can be free! In Christ!…… Yes it really is possible – not only for you, but for those you love.
We begin online on Thursday – 7.30pm. Please come along to the first session. It will be on Zoom – so you don’t even need to leave the house, but we can still be meeting and worshiping together.
The Link to join us is the same as usual – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
11am Holy Communion Service – also available online
There is a lot happening in the coming week as I’m sure you know so it warrants an extra page with our Christmas Timetable
Most of you know we’re collecting to feed many hungry families over the holidays and to make Dinner’s for Christmas Day. We’re also delivering a dinner to people who can’t get out and are going to be alone on the day.
One way you can help if you’re coming to the Drive in Carols is to deliver a Christmas Dinner on the way home. They are all to people well known in our Parish who can’t get out for one reason or another. Most of the team are going to St Paul’s to hand out food straight after the service, so your help with this would be appreciated. Please let us know if you can take a 5 minute detour on the way home to deliver some lunch and offer Christmas greetings from us all.
You may have seen this great video – a service for Christmas in the Bradford District – lovely views of our Parish as well as St Paul’s featuring.
This Sunday is the 3rd in Advent – we begin a new series about the ‘Songs of Christmas’ – this week it is Zechariah’s Song. (Luke 1: 67-80) We plan to livestream our Communion service from St Philip’s again at 11am – you can also come and join in. If you watch it later on Youtube please be aware that the first 10 mins or so may be only music – we start the stream early to get everything set up. (Apologies that last week cut off in the notices we got a slap on the wrist for broadcasting a copyrighted song. Sadly you missed Clare wearing a Turkey hat – so we’ll include a picture below!)
Please remember that we start with prayer at 10am at St Philip’s – join us if you haven’t before. It’s really great! In fact you’re more than welcome to come and pray and then go – we know life is complicated at the moment.
24 Angels in the sky….. Do you ever wonder why?
We hope you’re enjoying the Angel videos every day. Just to clarify – we are on a journey seeing how angels aid in God’s plan for his people through the whole Bible – we’ll go right through Christmas and Easter and into Revelation. The playlist is also in the usual link above if you can’t find them.
Food Provisionover Christmas
There are still many people in great need and you may have heard the notices about it at Church on Sunday. If not this page gives more details about our appeal. We’re trying to bless as many hungry people as we can, both in the run up to Christmas and on Christmas Day itself.
Over the past 6 months we have developed our work at St Paul’s with the Drop In guests, who in the light of COVID-19 restrictions have had to move to a take-out meal option rather than a sit-down meal. We have seen an increase of people coming to collect food on a Friday and as we have got to know folks better – have learnt even more of the daily struggles many of them are facing.
We regularly have 50-60 guests a week and have seen the access to food and help harder to access. As the colder months set in and Christmas is approaching, we are keen to develop our offering and really would LOVE YOUR HELP………
Please consider helping us with a special Christmas gift to allow us to:
Open on Christmas day and provide 70 full Christmas meals including a pudding – for this we are looking to find a total of £280
We are also looking to give a gift to all who come on Christmas day so are looking for
new boxer shorts S, M, L, XL
We have been helping to support 25 families from St Philip’s School since the summer, with holiday food provision.
We hope you’re enjoying our Advent Angels readings – please share them online either on social media or emailing the links. If you can’t subscribe you can just visit the playlist – videos will appear each day.
It’s our final week of the Prayer Course online this Tuesday – hope to see you there.