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The Weekly Catch

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
25th September 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

At our 25th wedding anniversary I remember being asked by one of our friends, who had married around the same time as us and subsequently divorced, ‘what kept me and John together, what did we have that made us so strong and sure of each other.’ I replied, ‘it is because I know I am loved.’ In Les Miserables, they sing the words ‘to love another person is to see the face of God.’ I cannot express it in any other words because:

Love never fails, so we read in 1 Corinthians 13:8. This is the best know chapter on love in the Bible.

How do we know that love never fails? Because love is a basic attribute of God Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8) and because God is eternal, love will also be eternal. Love will never fail.

Scripture reveals God’s eternal love for us, a love that never fails. God chose us (John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4-5), died for us (Romans 5:8), and will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). In fact, nothing at all can separate us from God’s eternal love: “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).

People go through hard times. Life has a way of doing this to all of us. The Apostle Paul (who wrote these verses) had been through lots of trouble: unjust persecution, famine, false arrest, shipwreck, threat of murder, and so much more. Yet, he remained confident in the truth that God’s love knows no end. Nothing will ever be able to separate those of us who are in Christ from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Those who are saved, through faith in Christ, are saved eternally and forever (John 10:28–29).

When it says in the Bible, Love never fails, it means that God’s type of love will not fall or falter. It is constant forever. As God says in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Love should not wax and wane it should be steady and constant, a perpetual light in a dark world.

Do you believe in the Gospel? When you say ‘yes’ to that question then you, along with millions of others, can live in the Spirit of God. We can then call God ‘Abba Father.’ We suffer with Christ, and we suffer along with all creation while we wait for God to reveal us as his sons and daughters. With the help of the Spirit, we are confident that God is for us and loves us in Christ.

Love never fails. We are loved by God always. No matter what. Forever. There isn't anything that we have done, should have done, or that's been done to us that can keep God from loving us. His love is constant and unstoppable. Always remember this: The Lord is with you today and loves you beyond measure!

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
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.
Tearfund Quiz - Saturday 15th October at 7pm
A great evening of quizzing on a wide range of topics! All are welcome! Come with a group of friends or make up a team on the day.
Refreshments are available, including cakes and Traidcraft snacks for sale.
£1 entry fee per person.
Email John Legge for more information - johnlegge@btinternet.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 - Saturday 5th November, 10am - 12noon
Please put this date in your diary as it's a great chance to buy Traidcraft cards, advent calendars, wrapping paper, craft goods etc.

More details will be available soon. 
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.
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:

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent ni the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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:
fb.me/StPetersIpsley
facebook.com/groups/stpetersredditch
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