Welcome to All Saints today, 25 June 2017

 

….to All Saints this morning – especially to anyone who is visiting for the first time.

At 8.00 and 10.30 we are continuing our look at the Letter of James in the series Living Life Together.  This week Peter McCarthy is taking us through James chapter 2.

Then at Breakfast@9 Nick Webb will be looking at how we can Say It Like Jesus: Honestly.  Nick is looking at the honesty of Jesus’ prayer to his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Then this evening at 6.00pm we have Purbeck Evening Praise for the whole Church in Purbeck which is at St Edward’s Church Corfe Castle. 

If you’re new to All Saints then do introduce yourself to us – you will find we are a very friendly bunch!  And do join for refreshments before and after the services.  If you would like some prayer ministry the prayer ministry team will be at the front on the left at the end of the 10.30 service and we would be really happy to pray with you.

There's a lot happening this week

Monday-Friday - we share Morning Prayer in the Quiet Room at 8.15

Tuesday – Town wide prayer at the Salvation Army 9.00-10.00

Wednesday – we have Holy Communion in the Quiet Room at 10.00. 

Thursday – the Prophetic Prayer Group meets in the Quiet Room at 8.45 - plus in the Hall there’s Coffee Pot from 10.00 and All Saints Toddlers from 1.30

Friday - Art&Craft@AllSaints meets in the Hall from 10.00-12.00

Saturday – we have our Hour of Prayer 9.00-10.00 in the Quiet Room

Next Sunday – we have Holy Communion at 8.00, Breakfast@9 at 9.00, and Family Corship at 10.30 including Explore

Do join us– you’ll be really welcome!

Church family news  ...

 

25 June 2017

TWAM Collection – we’ll be making a collection for Tools With A Mission for the next week. If you have any bulky items please contact David Edgington (426620) who will collect them from you.

Church Tea on 2 July – do join us for a Church Tea on 2 July at 4.00.  We are munching home made cakes and sharing how we can welcome our many summer visitors even more effectively – please sign up on the sheet at the back.

Jane Williams and Hilary Bond - many of us will know Jane and Hilary.  Jane used to be the matron of Swanage Hospital.  Hilary is the children’s worker for the Wareham team and plays for Purbeck Evening Praise.  They are both being ordained next weekend at Salisbury Cathedral.  Jane has her second ordination on Saturday afternoon, and Hilary is being made deacon on Sunday morning (which is why I won’t be with you next week).  Do please pray for them both as they come to this important moment in their ministry.

he next If My People prayer meeting will be at All Saints on Wednesday 28 June at 7.30 – Swanage Carnival Chairman Becky Mack will be interviewed about the Carnival – this will be a good opportunity to find out more about a key week in the life of our town and then pray for it.

Spring Harvest 2018 - This is a reminder that if you are planning to come along please return your booking form to Tim & Sally by 30 June.  Remember that you can sign up for Spring Harvest for as little as £30 per person.

Can you help with accommodation for Jemma? – Jemma Gould is going to take Liam’s place as children’s intern from September and needs accommodation.  It would be great if we could help with this at All Saints.  The idea is that the host family would provide meals as well as a place to live, but funding would be available to cover the costs.   If you would be interested please do have a word with me.

There is an Organ Recital at St Mary’s on Thursday 29 June at 7.30pm featuring Bill Brown.  Bill was Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s Swanage for many years (several decades in fact!) and is a great organist.  So do come along and hear him - tickets are £10 on the door.

Let’s pray for the Wave – on the first Thursday of each month at 2.30 we meet at St Mark’s church hall to pray for the work of the Wave.  The work of the Wave is based on prayer so do come along and get behind this vital ministry.  The next meeting is on 6 July.  Look forward to seeing you there.

The Women’s Breakfast is taking place in the Hall at 8.30 on Saturday July 8 - come along on Saturday week to enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other women. This is an informal time for relationships to grow so please bring your friends along to share in prayer and learning. Life is better when lived together.

Let’s remember the Food Bank Box next Sunday – we make a special effort to collect for the Food Bank on the first Sunday of the month.  All non-perishable foodstuffs are very welcome.

Encounter is coming – I’d like you to tell you about a very exciting new venture which is starting on 9 July at 6pm.  It’s called Encounter and is a monthly worship event being spearheaded by Cat and Andy Mutter taking place at All Saints.  But this is specifically not intended to be a solely All Saints event.  It is aimed at anyone from Swanage and beyond, whether or not they attend church.

Everyone is really welcome to come along -  this it very much not ‘Church as we know it’.  Instead it will be relaxed, contemporary and fairly loud! There will be places to relax and enjoy what is going on or to engage a bit more deeply.  And there will be food which is going to be a key part of every Encounter evening!  Please be praying for Encounter and especially for Cat and Andy as they spearhead this new initiative.

oy Godwin will be at the Lighthouse family church on Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 July following the release of his new book "The Way of Blessing – stepping into the mission and presence of God."  Don't miss an enriching weekend with Roy filled with inspiring testimonies. More info at thelighthouse.org.uk/news/roy-godwin.

The Civic Service will be at St Mary's Church this afternoon, 25 June at 3pm.  This is a really good opportunity for the Church in Swanage to identify with our civic leaders

Back page focus on ... Stories of Transformation

 

Stories of Transformation: the Power of Kindness – Cincinnati Vineyard

Steve Sjorgren, with his wife Janie, is the founder of Cincinnati Vineyard Community Church in the USA. They both had a heart for their community and wanted to reach out in a positive and effective way. They tried many methods but discovered the power of kindness to be the most effective in touching the lives of ordinary people.

Their ministry is based on Romans 2 v 4 “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” and they seek to reach out into their community with acts of kindness, some planned and some spontaneous. Their motto is “Small things done with great love are changing the world”. They might pay for a cup of coffee for a stranger in a queue or send a thank you note to a man or woman on a till. They might do the gardening for an elderly person.

Steve writes “God is looking for people who are willing to participate in acts of love and kindness to those outside of their present circle. He is looking for people who believe that a humble demonstration of love plants a seed of eternity in the hearts of others that will blossom into faith in Christ”

The results speak for themselves. They now have 7500 people on a Sunday and they have planted another 15 churches in the Cincinnati region. In his book “Conspiracy of Kindness” he writes: “When we began to reap the harvest of seeds sown with acts of kindness, our church began to grow.

Steve calls this approach servant evangelism which he describes as: “demonstrating the kindness of God by offering to do some act of humble service with no strings attached”.  As he explains, “the mere offer to serve others who are outside the church, holds great power.”

As Nicky Gumbel has written: “Kindness is love in work clothes”

 

Have a great week