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The Weekly Catch

Fourth Sunday After Trinity
5th June 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.

Over this last week we've been working on building a dedicated St. Peter's YouTube channel. From this Sunday on services will be streamed on the new channel.
We'll continue to upload morning prayer on Garth's channel for now but we hope to eventually move everything to the St. Peter's channel.
This week's service will be streamed on both channels in case there's anyone who uses the YouTube subscription feed to find the services.

Reflection

When people ask the question, “Where is God in a Coronavirus world?” He can be found in the love and care that Christians show their neighbours.

Pandemics are not a new phenomenon to society. Whenever they have occurred, they have decimated populations and left broken bodies behind. From the 1st Century AD history shows us that Christians have heeded their Master’s call to love and care for the sick and broken in body and spirit. And so we have accounts of how the Christian community responded to these pandemics.

Lyman Stone an academic and research fellow draws the parallels through history of where pandemics occurred and the growth of Christianity. This is how he describes the reason for this growth, “… Christians cared for the sick neighbours and offered a spiritual model…” In the 3rd Century Bishop Dionysius described how Christians, “Heedless of danger … took charge of the sick, attending to their every need.” In the 4th Century Julian, the pagan emperor, complained bitterly of those “Galileans” who would care for even the non-Christian sick.

When the bubonic plague hit the town of Wittenberg in the 16th century, Martin Luther refused to flee Germany to save himself, choosing instead to remain and minister to the victims of the plague. He wrote, “We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals. Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregation. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them into crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.

What a description of sacrificial love! Christians are called to love their neighbours, even while willing to pay the cost. Love your neighbour really means the added dimension of sacrificial living, willing to share their suffering. Loving sacrificially means entering the higher dimension of love, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down their life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Blessings, 

Canon Garth Nathaniel

Our live Sunday service
starts 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!

Notices

Click on the links below to find out more!
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.

Parish Giving Scheme

Thank you one and all for continuing to give to the work of the church during these unprecedented times. 
To everyone who currently give to the work of the church through either weekly cash donations and weekly giving envelopes please note the following options:

  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.

Online:
https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk
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
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

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:

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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
And for those who are grieving:
Please be praying for the families of David Hargreaves and Bill Parish.
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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