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The Weekly Catch

Seventh Sunday After Trinity
26th July 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.

Reflection

I was pondering on the Might and Strength of the Lord God versus the power of our past. Now it might not seem a really fair comparison, as the past is locked in time whereas God Himself is not. He is eternal and timeless. As the creator of time itself, He exists outside its constraints. Now before I get too philosophical, let me explain what I was pondering over.

We are all shaped by our past. Our life and our experiences have all contributed to make us into who we are. So while the past has the power to form who we are today and what we will be in the future, God has chosen to form us now for who He wants us to be for all eternity – His children created in His own image.

Our past by its very nature should be left behind but we carry it into the present and the future. Sometimes the past is just a memory but at other times it has the potential to damage us. Our negative experiences at the hands of others, both family and strangers alike, impact us to cause us great harm and damage. Both words and actions have the ability to harm. We are deeply wounded so we hurt constantly, other times we become distorted in our actions and reactions. Such negative experiences only hold us captive and we are unable to break free of them.

Our Father’s desire is never to hold us captive or makes us slaves. That is why He sent Jesus to set us free and heal us from our past, so we can have a JOYFUL NOW and a Glorious Future. Jesus said that He came that we might have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) In Jesus the past becomes a memory without the power to harm. So “if the Son sets you free, you will be free (of your past) indeed”. John 8:36. 
N.B. Brackets and italics mine
 

Blessings, 

Canon Garth Nathaniel
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Notices

Click on the links below to find out more!
We're excited to announce that we're reopening for private prayer!
Initially this will be one day a week on a Wednesday between the hours of 11am and 1pm, commencing on Wednesday, 29th July.
Please see the announcement for further details.
Marcés Mailing List - The latest letter from Juan Carlos and Penny in Peru
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.
Diocesan Vacancy: Deputy Diocesan Secretary: Restructuring
The Diocese has been awarded funding by the national church to appoint someone who has the change and programme management skills to help transform the Church across the diocese.
The job involves:
  • Changing the way the Diocese and its buildings are organised to help to keep churches healthy and sustainable.
  • Enabling those in ministry to have roles that allow them to flourish.
  • Transforming the way that the cost of ministry is shared between churches.
More information is available on the Diocese of Worcester website.
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.

Parish Giving Scheme

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.
 

  1. By sending a cheque, made payable to St Peter’s Church, Ipsley. Please post it to:
    St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
    c/o 53 Edgmond Close,
    Winyates West,
    Redditch,
    B98 0JQ.

    Please put a note in to say how many weeks are covered by the amount you have sent.
  2. Please prayerfully consider joining the Parish Giving Scheme, the details for joining the scheme follow this notice.
  3. By BACS transfer:
    Lloyds Bank
    Account name: St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
    Sort Code: 30-96-97
    Account No.: 30971660.

For those who have not yet joined the Parish Giving Scheme there are a number of ways to sign up.

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
Gloucester
GL1 3BD

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

Further information is available from the Parish Giving Scheme website.

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 and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the church
is governed and sanctified;
hear our prayer which we offer
for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

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
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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