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The Weekly Catch

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
2nd October 2022
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, especially details for this year's Harvest!
Reflection

In our world of 24-hour supermarkets – with their shelves bursting with countless pre-packaged forms of wheat, barley and their gluten-free equivalents, with multiple varieties of Manuka honey and chilli-infused olive oil – it can be easy for us all to take food for granted. Harvest Festival is a great opportunity for us to recall and celebrate together the origins of these good gifts – to express our gratitude for the land and people who produce them, and to thank God from whom they all spring.

In Redditch and the surrounding area, we are blessed to have a number of foodbanks and a local Christians Against Poverty branch. Every day, they meet people for whom the experience of wilderness (of food poverty and of destitution) and of slavery (to circumstances beyond their control) is both recent (or current) and raw. Yet amidst the frustrations of this work, there are also constant opportunities to recognise and appreciate afresh our dependence on God’s provision. We should be grateful for the immense generosity of the local community, whose gifts of food, finance, time and prayer are a wonderful expression of God’s care for those experiencing hard times.

It can be tempting to view charity donations as a one-way transaction from donor to recipient, but the reality is more complex. In one sense, the sequence of events linking foodbank donor to client is merely a reflection, in a more transparent form, of the reality of our utterly dependent status before God. At Harvest, we remember that food itself, and the ability to grow, produce, manufacture, transport and purchase it, is ultimately a gift from Him. Consequently, there is much we can all learn from some foodbank clients about heartfelt gratitude and praise.

This Harvest, please pray for foodbank and CAP clients who are travelling through the wilderness and have lost hope of coming out the other side. Please pray that through the food and support they receive, they will also taste something of God’s great love for them – a God who both sees their immediate need, and cares passionately about their future. Pray also that God will help our foodbanks, CAP, and their partner agencies to keep our eyes fixed on the long-term destination of restoration, greater independence and security for those that they work with, even when circumstances seem overwhelming. Pray for wisdom, creativity, perseverance and courage as they support people in their journeys towards it, no matter how long or circuitous the route.

Services

Our Sunday service
starts at 10:30am!

Subscribe to the St. Peter's Church YouTube channel using the link below in order to keep up to date with all of the latest videos.
St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
Sunday services take place at 10:30am.

Daily Prayer is also broadcast on weekdays from 10am.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to join in!

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE STOPPED LIVE STREAMING SERVICES.
IN-PERSON SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE RECORDED UNTIL FURTHER EVALUATION CAN TAKE PLACE.
Notices
Celebrate Harvest at St. Peter's Church, Ipsley.
Saturday 1st October: 10am-5pm Open Church with harvest displays in the church, children's activities & refreshments available all day.
Ploughman's Lunch anytime after 12noon
Sunday 2nd October: 10:30am Harvest Festival
Donations of tinned fruit and vegetables welcome for Redditch Foodbank - drop-off anytime over the weekend.
  4:00pm Families@4
A short service of stories, songs, games & craft - concluding with tea & cakes.
It's time to start packing your shoeboxes to make a child's Christmas. This year, two-thirds of the UK's boxes will go to children in Ukraine. Look out for leaflets in the Huband Room to tell you what I allowed to be included this year, or go online and fill a 'virtual' box if that is easier.
Churches Together in Redditch invite you to join 24 hours of prayer at St. Peter's Church, Ipsley from 7pm on Monday 3rd October through to Tuesday 4th October.
A signup form is available online. Further details are available from the church office or from John Hardy.
A closing gathering is being held at St Stephen's in the town centre from 7-8pm on Tuesday 4th October. This is open to all.
Not long now until the Tearfund Quiz on Saturday 15 October at 7pm in the Huband Room. Do come and join us either with your own team of up to 6 people or come and join a team on the night. It's £1 entry per person for the quiz and there will be Traidcraft snacks for sale as well as cakes and hot and cold drinks. For more information or to say you intend to come please contact John Legge at johnlegge@btconnect.com.
Plant Sale - Saturday 15th October 10am-2pm
Buy some lovely plants and seeds for your garden and join us for soup and a roll. You could just come for lunch if you wish!
Bring friends and family, this is open to all who would like a friendly welcome and a warm lunch.

If you're dividing your plants for an autumn tidy-up, please remember our plant sale.

For more info, contact Jacqui Street - 07917 195548
Traidcraft Coffee Morning with a craft stall and wreath-making demonstration Saturday 5 November 10am - 12 noon in the Huband Room. At this event, there will be lots of Traidcraft Christmas and advent items for sale and to order, also a craft materials stall with items of sale. The wreath-making demonstration will show you how to make your own wreath at home. An entrance fee of £2.50 includes cake and a drink of your choice.
Traidcraft have launched their Autumn/Christmas range with a much smaller physical catalogue, only showing the new season's items. A copy can be found in the Huband Room. The rest of the range is still available, so do look online or contact Felicity on 07510 969329 or f.melley@sky.com and place your order before stocks run low.
The Redditch Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre are urgently looking for volunteer Befrienders.
For many, being in debt is linked with social isolation due to the stigma of debt, low self-esteem and limited or no disposable income to socialise with friends. CAP clients' lives can be chaotic and full of fear regarding their situations.

If you choose to volunteer, even if only for a few hours a month, you would be accompanying a Debt Coach on visits and focusing on the non-debt-related needs of clients. This might be bringing them into the community, assisting them with practical tasks, and sharing the gospel.

For more information, see the posters in the Huband room, or contact Caroline Gray (carolinegray@capuk.org or 07713 716 719)
Macmillan Coffee Morning  - Wednesday 5th October
You are welcome to join in the friendship and fellowship and to enjoy lovely cakes
Families@4
The next Families@4 will be on the 2nd of October and the theme will be Harvest
A 30-minute service especially for children and families, songs, games, stories and crafts concluding with tea and cake.
All welcome!
Table Tennis takes place on Mondays, 7:30pm-9pm
Contact Rhoda or John through the Church Office.
St. Peter's Pantry -  Wednesday 19th October
Come join us for St. Peter’s Pantry
Commencing with  Holy Communion at 12:00 noon followed by lunch at 12:30
All welcome
Look out for the sign-up list or speak to Jacqui Street. 
 
The Churchyard Carers Group meets on Tuesdays.
All are welcome to join in the many tasks needed to keep our graveyard looking tidy! These include repairing and clearing graves, along with weeding and pruning.
The Craft Group runs on Mondays, 2-4pm

You can now support St. Peter's through the Give A Little website!
Follow this link and select the amount you wish to give.
Collect for Today:

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill them;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity o the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Prayers:

Please pray for those who are ill:

For urgent prayers: Martin Carpenter, Madeline, Roy Davenport, Mary Prameela, Matthew Fenton

Those with long-term illness: Graham Twist, Tia, Kate Bainbridge, Andrew Johnson, Alex Street, Peter Barcham, Erica Dilger, Michael Hawkins, Chris Tilley, Mark Brunner, Glynis Horton, Linda Grummet, Jane Gray, Iyra Dutton, Karen Lumley, June Gillett, Delia Davies, Laraine Ellis, David Spencer, Irene Spencer,
Steve (a friend of the Hales), John Stain, Anne Jones, Khalida, Irlys Iliffe, Helen Wilson, Barbara Edwards, Barbara Arniel, Charlotte Koller, Dennis Edwards, Joan Edwards, Martin Handy, Tom Hancock, Matt Fenton. David Volrath, Heather Berry, Sandra and Jim Swansborough
And for all those who are grieving:
For the family of Karen Dalby, especially Paul and her siblings.
For the family of Joan Edwards.
 
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:
Online: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/18712/
Email: stpeter_ipsley@btopenworld.com
Phone: 01527 516351
Facebook:
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facebook.com/groups/stpetersredditch
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