A Methodist / United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Project
Loving God Loving People
Pastoral Letter - July 2019
I write this as I’m getting ready to go on holiday for two weeks – a cruise to Spain and Italy – which is very exciting. Also exciting is our next 24/7 Prayer Week at Trinity from 4th - 11th August. Our planning is now well under way and rotas are available for you to fill in – you will find these in the Church Foyer (hopefully!)
This summer our Prayer Week will focus on reaching out into our community, and will begin and end with a service outside the Church (10.30 am on 4th August; 6.30 pm on 11th August) if the weather is kind to us.
During the week we will have tables and chairs inside and outside (weather permitting) the Church Foyer, with Prayer Activity Stations around and a Prayer Trail. We will be offering our Church as an ‘Open House’ so that passers-by can come in, receive a welcome, tea/coffee/biscuits, engage with our Prayer Activities (maybe light a candle in the church), read a newspaper, look at helpful leaflets relating to faith and prayer, and have a chat with someone. This ‘Open House’ will be from 10 am – 8 pm daily. We will need lots of helpers for this so please sign up on the Orange Rota.
The Prayer Room, set up in the Church Lounge, will be open 24/7 for us to pray. There will be different resources available to help us pray. To sign up to PRAY please fill in some slots on the Yellow Rota.
There are less ‘Special Events’ on during our Prayer Week because we want to free you up as much as possible to volunteer as a ‘helper’ or a ‘pray-er’, or both!
Here is great quote by Nicky Gumbel (of Alpha Course fame): ‘Prayer is the most important activity of our lives. It is the way in which we develop a relationship with our Father in heaven. Jesus prayed, and taught us to do the same. Prayer brings us peace, refreshes our soul, satisfies our spiritual hunger and assures us of our forgiveness. Prayer not only changes us; it also changes situations.’ (Found in the foreword ‘How to Pray’ by Pete Greig)
I hope that as many of you as possible can spend some time at the Church during the Prayer Week. If you can’t be there, your prayers from wherever you are will be valuable too. Let’s deepen our faith together and make an impact on our Community.
PS. Don’t forget our Church Weekend in October (18th-20) – still time to sign up. A great chance for us to get together, away from home, for good teaching, fellowship and food. Don’t miss out!