As we explained in the recent Parish Magazine, in 2019 (and every 6th year), we are required to start from scratch with our Electoral Roll. So, if you want to on the Electoral Roll, and for example eligible to attend the Annual Parish Meeting or be on the PCC, you need to re-register.
Forms are available in all three churches and attached: application-for-enrolment-electoral-roll-20132-1
Return forms to the Electoral Roll Officer Sue Grant (see Magazine for contact details) or just bring along to any service before the deadline. Deadline 16th March.
I always struggle to decide on a series of daily readings. I also struggle with keeping going once I’ve picked something.
This year I’m trying the (free) daily emails from Richard Rohr. So far they’re brilliant. They’re not the traditional reflection on a specific Bible passage. They are fascinating, and really helpful. This week we’ve been exploring how Jesus used the Bible in teaching. It’s not too late to start. Sign up here if you want to have a go. It’d be easy to catch up on the readings so far which are in the blog – just go back to 30 Dec
To quote from the first in the series:
“As we come to the end of this year, we begin a new theme for the Daily Meditations. Over the next twelve months our focus will be “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Today’s world faces so many challenges. Christianity is supposed to heal suffering and mend divides, yet it has often exacerbated the problem. Is such a religion even worth saving?
While there are unhelpful and even harmful parts of what has passed for Christianity that we need to move beyond, I believe there are many good, beautiful, and true gems well worth saving—and living. It is of no use to anybody if Christianity is just a museum or an antique shop where we prefer to collect old things for their own sake. Yet we can rediscover many good old things that are perennially valuable. We would be foolish to reject them….
As we’ll see, Jesus revealed a God who is in total solidarity with humanity, even and most especially in its suffering…. There are plenty of things I still find baffling, . . . but then I look at Christ, and I get a deep assurance that God is good, and gracious, and not so far away. Let’s be honest: that is all we need to move forward.”
The service is at St Mary’s Thornthwaite at 10.15 am, NOT at 9.30 as stated in the magazine. Sorry for any confusion.
It was great to have so many people involved in In Messy Church in autumn 2018 and we’re looking forward to Messy Church again in 2019.
Sundays 4.00-5.30 in Braithwaite
Jan 13th – Where I Belong
Feb 10th -Self Confidence
Mar 10th – Dusty Drawing
See our Messy Church page for more information.
Our theme for Messy Church last Sunday was THANKFULNESS. We’re really thankful for everyone who came, and everyone who helped. It was great.
Our next Messy Church is on 11th November – the theme is welcome. Come and join us, you will be most welcome.
We’re trying to get going with Facebook for Messy Church. Any experts who can help – please get in touch with Colin. Have a look at: https://www.facebook.com/tbnchurches/