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The Weekly Catch

Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity
11th October 2020
Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week's Catch. Make sure to check the notices section of this email so that you don't miss anything.

Electoral Roll

The Electoral roll is open for Revision from next Sunday for a period of 14 weeks. A list of the Roll is available from Judy Evans if anyone wants to check their details.

Reflection

In the church calendar October is the season of creation. And like all the various seasons in the church year, this one too does not only give us a chance to celebrate but also to reflect on God’s bounteous provision for us, and our response to His gracious favour. 

The Biblical festivals had people coming to gather in the Temple and in and around Jerusalem to celebrate their harvests, and to respond to God as the creator of all and the Lord of the Harvest. Their celebrations were joyous and as abundant as the harvest they had gathered in.  However, their response was not only the gathering together, or the festivities, but this was also meant to be a deeper spiritual response to God. But the gathering together was significant. It spoke of a gathered people, and their common sharing in both suffering, loss and God’s provision for them. When they were unable to gather together, they found themselves in strange territory giving way to a lament for that loss. The psalmist expresses it, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” Yet prophets such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel reminded them that God is there and will bring them back. Haggai reminded them that the glory of the latter Temple will be greater than the former.

In these days when we face a fairly similar landscape, unable to gather together freely, or celebrate Harvest and all the festivals in the days coming ahead. So many of us have cried, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in these strange Times?” As a Church we have found we are not limited to the church building, lovely as it is.  So the task before us is “How do we sing the Lord’s song when we have done it in the midst of large gatherings but are unable to do so now?” How do we enable people to celebrate and reflect on God’s abundant provision for us and respond to His gracious favour?

We are thinking about these subliminal moments such as our service of Thanksgiving and Hope and Remembrance Sunday to enable our congregation and people from our larger community to reach out to God, the God of Hope. More details will be given in the near future as they emerge.
 

Blessings,

Canon Garth Nathaniel

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Notices

Click on the links below to find out more!
Church is now open for public worship at 3pm every Sunday.
We can only accommodate 7 households of up to 3 members so booking is essential.
Details for how to book, as well as information on what to expect, are available via the link below.
Reopening for Public Worship
Guidance for Private Prayer in Church
Latest letter from Juan Carlos and Penny in Peru
Don’t forget you can still order Traidcraft items.
There’s a new catalogue out so either look online or contact Felicity and she can get a hard copy to you. There are lots of Christmas cards already in stock so ask for details.
Contact Felicity on 07510 959329.
The Diocese of Worcester have launched a consultation on a proposal to reduce the number of deaneries from 13 to 6. This will run until Friday, 4th December.
More information on this and how to contribute to this consultation are available on the Diocese of Worcester website.

Collect for Today:

Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Prayers:

Please pray for those who are ill:

Pastor Robin Baker, Pat Hale, Jenny Latham, Graham Twist, Betty Wood, Tia, Kate Bainbridge, Chris Tilley, Andrew Johnson, Alex Street, Peter Barcham, Erica Dilger, Michael Hawkins, Mark Brunner, Glynis Horton, Linda Grummet, Steve Thomas, Jane Gray, Iyra Dutton, Karen Lumley, Malcolm Gilks, June Gillett, Elsie, Delia Davies, Laraine Ellis, David Spencer, Irene Spencer, Eleanor East, John Knight (particularly for his hand), Steve (a friend of Pat Hale), John Stain, Anne Jones, John F, Anne Jones, John Forman, Richard Mills, Jean Kesterton, Phyllis Griffiths, Mark Rowley

Giving

To everyone who currently give to the work of the church through either weekly cash donations and weekly giving envelopes please prayerfully consider one of  the following options to enable you to continue your giving.


The Parish Giving Scheme is open to everyone who gives regularly and if you currently give by standing order and would like to join the Parish Giving Scheme please see the details below. Your standing order can be cancelled once you have received confirmation of the start date of your Direct Debit.

 
By joining the Parish Giving Scheme
The following information will be required when contacting the PGS
 
PGS Parish Code:         420642159
Parish Ref:                     Ipsley, St Peter
Diocese:                         Worcester
By Phone:
You can now register your interest by phone
Please call:       0333 002 1271
 
Online:
https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk
 
By post:
If you decide to send the gift form you have already received please note that the address has changed from the one given on the bottom of the form.
 
The new address is:
Parish Giving Scheme
76 Kingsholm Road
Gloucester
GL1 3BD
 
By BACS Transfer:
Lloyds Bank
Account Name: St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
Sort Code:        30-96-97
Account No:    30971660
 
By sending a cheque:
Made payable to St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
Please post it to:
St Peter’s Church
c/o 53 Edgmond Close
Winyates West
Redditch
B98 0JQ

Cash Donations:
The Diocesan Board of Finance have asked that when we return we use non-cash giving wherever possible. As they stated ‘Money is God’s provision and we are grateful for it but at the present time cash is considered dirty.’

We have been advised not to use an offertory plate/box to try to limit the cash we receive in this way. However, as weekly giving envelopes are still being used, the offertory box will still be in place.
Anything placed in the offertory box will have to be stored safely for 72 hours before being handled. During this time the contents will not be counted and the box containing the envelopes and any loose cash will be locked away. The box will be wiped with cleansing wipes before and after being handled.

When we return we hope to have use of a SumUp terminal that will enable offerings to be made by card.
Alternatively the Parish Giving Scheme is a good way of giving on a regular basis and I encourage everyone to prayerfully consider joining it.
Please consider giving to the Diocese of Worcester Ministry Fund:
As many churches see a reduction in regular giving due to the ongoing pandemic, the Diocese are asking for donations to help fund clergy stipends. Please see the Ministry Fund page on the Diocese website for more details.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
Keep in touch:
Website: ipsley.org/st-peters
Email: stpeter_ipsley@btopenworld.com
Phone: 01527 516351
Facebook:
fb.me/StPetersIpsley
facebook.com/groups/stpetersredditch
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