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The Weekly Catch

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
16th 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!

Baptisms: We welcome into the family of the church Joe Masson, Owen Masson, Charlotte Masson, Alison Masson and Jake Quiney on Saturday 15th of October. Please pray they will walk with us in the way of Christ and grow in the knowledge of God's love. Please pray also for Ava's parents and godparents as they make their promises.

Reflection

Christianity teaches that people must forgive the sins of others in order for God to forgive them their sins. It’s a very important teaching, one that we as Christians should learn.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
- Psalm 51:10 NIV

The Bible instructs us to forgive as the Lord forgave us: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13, NIV) How do we forgive when we don't feel like it? We forgive by faith, out of obedience. According to the Bible, forgiveness is God’s promise not to count our sins (our debt) against us. That’s the picture of grace.

Someone once said that forgiveness is not for the forgiven, but for the sake of the forgiver. Forgiving those who have wronged you brings a deeper understanding of the character of God. Forgiveness is the cornerstone of relationship with him. When you hold a grudge, you keep God at a distance. When you let it go, you are restored to him instantly and inner peace returns. He forgets there was ever a rift between you.

Unforgiveness grows bitterness in our heart. It festers. If you are struggling today, you can release your right to be angry and release the desire to pass sentence on the one who hurt you, for no one is beyond God’s forgiveness. That’s the wonder of his mercy. Follow his example and erase the record of wrongs. It takes courage, but it will free you to experience amazing joy. Our forgiveness of those who have sinned against us reflects God’s forgiving our sins.

The Bible is clear from the front to the back that God is a God who forgives. He’s paid our debts, forgiven our sins, and set us free. We have been forgiven much. Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned. We are ALL in need of forgiveness. Forgiveness in the Bible isn’t about people getting what they deserve, it’s about people getting what they need. Forgiving someone means that we let go of their sin. We aren’t going to dwell on it anymore and let it affect our life. Forgiveness is a choice we make. It is a decision of our will, motivated by obedience to God and his command to forgive. Forgiveness isn’t something we do once. It’s the way we live our lives. Amen.
 

Blessings,
Pam Butler

Services

Our Sunday service
starts at 10:30am!

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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
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 is allowed to be included this year, or go online and fill a 'virtual' box if that is easier.
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)
The Macmillan Coffee Morning this year raised £287.50!
Thanks to all who attended and enjoyed the delicious cakes!
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:

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.

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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