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Sunday 7th March 2021 – Freedom in Christ: The Battle for our Minds

We hope you can join us at some point this weekend as we continue to be the church online.

In our Sunday service we are looking at how we can stand firm in the daily “Battle for our Minds”.  We know that the Lockdown has taken a huge toll on mental health, so even if this is not an issue for you, perhaps you could share it with a friend who is struggling.  Or maybe your task this week is to absorb the teaching and pass it on to someone you know.

We will pray at 10am on Zoom as usual

The service will be live at 11am – it would be great to see you in the Live Chat.  All links are here: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

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Sunday 28th February 2021 – Freedom in Christ: Our Daily Choice

Each day we must choose to be Free in Christ
Our topic this Sunday is “Our Daily Choice” We’ll be reading Romans 8: 1-11

We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am, both are at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Opening the Churches

We decided as a PCC to close our churches  for Lockdown 3 not because we were forced to but to be a witness and and example in our community.  We are planning how to reopen joyfully and safely with a mix of outdoor, online and phone services planned for Holy Week and Easter.  We expect to open slowly and steadily after Easter.  More details to come.

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Sunday 21st February 2021 – Freedom in Christ: The World’s view of the Truth

This Sunday we are continuing to work towards our “Freedom in Christ”
Our topic is “The World’s view of the Truth” We’ll be reading Romans 1v20-25, & 2v12-16

More information about this course can be found here: https://www.ficm.org.uk/

We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am, both are at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Lent Resources

We will be continuing our Freedom in Christ course until Easter.  There are many other online resources available.  The Church of England has #LiveLent God’s Story, Our Story which has an app and a Phone in Service like we do.

The Bible Society also has a program you can sign up to, they’ll send an email every day of Lent.

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Sunday 14th February 2021 – Freedom in Christ: Choosing to believe the Truth

This Sunday we continue in  our new series. “Freedom in Christ”
Our first topic is “Choosing to believe the Truth” reading  Hebrews 11.1-13
We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am, both are at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Ash Wednesday
We remember the start of Lent on Weds 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm. Our service will be on Zoom and Youtube at the same time.  Please can you try to have a candle available that we will light together.  If at all possible it would be good if it is visible to your webcam – so we can see as we light the candles.

You will have a choice at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

If you choose:

1. YouTube you will be able to watch the service but you’ll not be visible online.

2. Zoom you’ll be able to participate and will be visible online.

Lent Resources
We will be continuing our Freedom in Christ course until Easter.  There are many other online resources available.  The Church of England has #LiveLent God’s Story, Our Story which has an app and a Phone in Service like we do.

The Bible Society also has a program you can sign up to, they’ll send an email every day of Lent.

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Sunday 7th February 2021 – Freedom in Christ

On Sunday we start a new series. “Freedom in Christ”
This compliments the course of the same name that we are taking over Zoom on Thursday nights.
Our first topic is “Who am I?” reading  2 Corinthians 5:14-21
We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Ash Wednesday
We remember the start of Lent on Weds 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm. Our service will be on Zoom and Youtube at the same time.

You will have a choice at the usual link:
https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
If you choose Zoom you’ll be able to participate and will be visible online. If you choose YouTube you will be able to watch the service but you’ll not be visible online.

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Sunday 31st January 2021 – Jesus through the eyes of Anna

This week we look at “Jesus through the eyes of Anna” as we celebrate Jesus being presented in the Temple by his parents and the profound encounter with Anna when they get there.

Luke 2.22-40

We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray.  Can I encourage you to join in if you haven’t been before.  it isn’t scary and you may be just the blessing we need this Sunday.

At 11am we have a the service that you’re all used to by now.  Links as always are here: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Sarah Maybury will be sadly leaving us to be re-deployed in another parish, yet to be decided in consultation with Bishop Toby.  I am sure we would love to offer our grateful thanks for all her gifts and the many areas of ministry that she was involved in.  Sarah was licensed to our parish in September 2019 as a new Lay Reader and goes with our blessing to take up new opportunities in leadership and teaching.Sarah Maybury

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Sunday 24th January 2021 – Jesus through the eyes of Paul

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.

At 11am we have a the service that you’re all used to by now.  Links as always are here: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

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.)
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Sunday 17th January 2021 – Jesus through the eyes of Peter

This week we look at “Jesus through the eyes of…. Peter”

That famous first meeting of the Messiah and the Fisherman.

We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray.

At 11am we have a Youtube service that you’re all used to by now.  Links as always are here: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

It would be so good to see you there – say hi in the chat function!

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Sunday 10th January 2021 – Jesus through the eyes of….

As we enter Epiphany we will be looking at ‘first encounters’ with Jesus.  Those lightbulb moments when people suddenly get who Jesus is and what his arrival means for them and the world.

This week it is “Jesus through the eyes of…. John the Baptist”

We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray.

At 11am we have a Youtube service that you’re all used to by now.  Links as always are here: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Christmas Provision

Thank you so much for your generosity over Christmas and a huge thank to Clare and many other volunteers for organising, cooking, delivering etc.

The totals were:

Total Christmas parcels distributed – including Christmas day dinners 161

Total number of adults fed 184

Total number of children fed 140

Total number of individual meals distributed 2575

Well Done!

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Lockdown 3 – Church Closure

Good Evening

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.