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The Weekly Catch

Fifth Sunday of Easter
10th May 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!


In my previous reflections I mentioned the “new-normal” that society and in particular the church will be entering.  I have been trying to envision what this new normal will look like for us, and what it will mean for the church.  Some of us think and long for it to be back to business as usual. Even now we are trying to keep it that way.  But in doing so, are we missing the point?  Are we missing the opportunity the break into new ways of “Being Church,” rather than simply doing Church?  On a recent Webinar, I heard someone say that when they were thinking in their church family about the new ways the Church can reach out by the opportunities provided, the suggestions were all the old stuff the church has been doing for generations.  He asked why we could not be more radical about our outreach and discipling models. 
This crisis gives us the opportunity to be different as a Church. Is the Holy Spirit moving in us and amongst during this time?  What is He doing that we can carry on into the new normal that is emerging? One reality is that even with the lockdown, we are still church.  We have continued to join in fellowship, and caring for one another. Our house groups have met digitally over Zoom, in fact we now have one new house group led by Sue Johnson. Our living rooms or dining tables have become the new “sanctuary” where we meet over YouTube or Facebook for worship, teaching and prayer. A number of us meet together online for daily Morning Prayer either at the time of live streaming or a later more convenient time. Attendances have been larger with the digital services than when we physically meet.  Church for us is suddenly larger than St Peter’s as many people click to read, see and hear us on social media.  What opportunities for discipleship does this offer us for those who are not coming through our physical doors but we can reach them through the virtual doors?  I am very happy to hear any new ideas you might have.  Please contribute to the conversation and thinking.


Canon Garth Nathaniel

Sunday services start at 10:30am.

Watch Here!
Daily Prayer is also streamed live from 10am - keep an eye on Canon Garth's YouTube channel and on the Facebook pages to join in!

Messy Church have shared some activities for this week:

Messy Church Activities


Click on the links below to find out more!
Daily Hope - a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. 0800 804 8044
Church of England Resources for Maintining Good Mental Health During Periods of Isolation
Home Worship Ideas From the Diocese of Worcester
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.
Christian Aid Week 2020 10th-16th May
Christian Aid Week is a joyful celebration of our potential to change the world through our gifts, prayers and actions. Together, we raise funds to support our poorest sisters and brothers around the world. Coronavirus means Christian Aid Week is very different this year. But supporters can still make it the same life-changing and joyous week, as people have been doing since 1957.

Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all. Now is the time to reach out to our neighbours near and far. Poor communities are hit hardest by coronavirus. It’s affecting families living in overcrowded refugee camps, and many vulnerable people who have no water to clean their hands.With your support, we can limit the impact of the virus, with life-saving soap and water.

There are many ways you can support Christian Aid this year:
  1. You can sign up for daily prayers and reflections from well known guest speakers, this comes to your inbox everyday from 11-16 May. Sign up here
  2. Or you can take part in a daily quiz to raise funds. Sign up to take part and they will email you more information 
You can donate to Christian Aid online here or by cheque and post it to Christian Aid Week, Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL

Plant Sale
Thank you to all those who have grown extra plants for this. Please can you email Felicity ASAP, at, stating what plants you have available and an idea of quantity, plus your contact details and address.
We hope to be able to list what’s available and give details of a contactless way of rehoming the plants in next week’s Catch, with people making donations directly to Christian Aid.

Christian Aid Zoom quiz - Friday 15th May 7-30 – 9.00pm

To mark Christian Aid week we are holding a Christian Aid Quiz by zoom. This will raise some badly needed funds for Christian Aid as well as give us some social time together for our church family – or beyond! All your family and friends can join in no matter where they live! Distance is no barrier! Gather your teams together!
The cost is £2 per person which you need to deposit into church funds by Thursday 14th so that you can then be sent the dial in details for zoom. I’m sure many of you will already be familiar with zoom but it not it is very easy. You just need to click on the link and you will be in. All you need is a lap top /tablet/ phone with camera and speaker and you’re in!
So all you need to do then is grab yourselves a drink and get your thinking caps on!  
Please respond to Sue Johnson to tell her that you will be joining and she will send you the Zoom dial in details –

Church bank details are:
Account:    St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
Account Number:    30971660
Sort Code:    30-96-97
Please reference the payments ‘Christian Aid quiz’ and email pamela.stpeters@btinternet,com to let her know how much you have paid in.

Thank you for your generosity the Gift Day. A generous gift means that we have now reached our goal! I pray that we will all be able to enjoy the refurbished kitchen before too long.

Parish Giving Scheme

For those who have not yet joined the scheme there are new ways to sign up.

Once submitted you will receive a phone call from a member of the PGS team to help arrange a paperless regular donation.

By Post:
If you decide to send off the gift form you have already received then please note that the address has changed from the one on the bottom of the form.
The new address is:
Parish Giving Scheme
76 Kingsholm Road

By Phone:
You can now register your interest by phone.
Please call:    0333 002 1271

When contacting, or being contacted by, the members of the PGS team, you may be asked for the following information:

PGS Parish Code:    420642159
Parish Ref:    Ipsley St Peter
Diocese:    Worcester

If you currently give to the church through a standing order, please ensure that you wait for confirmation from the Parish Giving Scheme before cancelling.


Collect for Today:

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


A Prayer:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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, John Knight, Iyra Dutton, Karen Lumley, Malcolm Gilks, June Gillett, Elsie, Delia Davies
And for those who are grieving:
Please pray for the families of Janet Tegg, David Ling, Marlene Tyler and Roy Harris.
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:
Phone: 01527 516351
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