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The Weekly Catch

Tenth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 21st August
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! 
News of upcoming events included.

Rabbit’s paws, touch wood, fortune telling, crossed fingers, four leafed clovers are all some of the  world’s way of trying to avoid unpleasant things happening in their lives. Some believe in good luck and bad luck, but as a hardnosed Australian cameraman friend of mine always said there is no such thing as luck, but I doubt if he was coming from a Christian perspective.

In nearly every pre event  interview of athletes at the commonwealth games the interviewer would sign off with good luck. Then it was heartening to see athletes raising hands in thanks to God for their success not relying on good luck but realising their success was from a God given talent. Our response as Christians is to bless others ahead of any competition or undertaking and to remember God willing. For he alone knows the future and has everything is in his hands.

Some people dabble in spiritualism even king Saul in 1 Samuel Ch. 28 consulted with a medium at Endor in an attempt to seek Samuel’s advice after he had died. But because Saul sinned in this matter, this was added to his other times of sinful impetuous behaviour instead of waiting and seeking god’s word. So the Lord departed from Saul. It doesn’t make it alright to copy people of power because they do things which displease the Lord. Then we hear people say “O that was a coincidence” if as Christians we believe God to be lord of all then there cannot be any coincidences but rather there are God incidents and God is lord of all.

To prove my point in March 1994 I took out medical insurance for the first time ever . In December I was scheduled to work televising a rugby match in bath and the facilities company I worked for allowed wives to stay overnight with you in the hotel they provided and I asked my wife if she would like to come to Bath. She said she would like to come and it was the one and only time she did this. When I finished rigging the cameras on the Friday night we went out for a meal and returned to the hotel and went to bed. The next thing I knew is someone is calling out my name and asking me if I know where I am and the flashing blue light was a clue.  I had woken my wife with grunting and murmurings and she was unable to rouse me so the hotel rang a doctor who immediately arranged an ambulance. After a few tests I was allowed out and my wife drove me home. So far two God incidents. My wife saved my life by being there and was able to drive me home. At that time my heart specialist worshipped at St peter’s and she fast tracked me to have a head scan at Stourbridge

hospital. I sensed the radiologist was a Christian so I asked him the results of the scan. The bad news was I had a brain tumour, the good news was it was benign and operable, God incident number three. Remember I had taken out medical insurance in the March so things happened very quickly and in the January of 1995 the tumour was removed in a four-hour operation. I did feel a little guilty wallowing in the luxury of a private ward, but thanks be to God he coordinated all those incidents and it was so obvious his hand was on me every step of the way. So have faith and trust in the lord and again I say trust in the lord to co-ordinate all of your life’s incidents.

Ps 143: 8  “let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you.”

Phil Wilson



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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.

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Saturday 17th September
Please join us for Family Breakfast,  9am in the Huband Room
Come and listen to our guest speaker from CAP  Christians against Poverty

Children's activities included, all welcome

A date for your dairy

Harvest weekend - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October
Saturday - Harvest Open Church with Ploughman's lunch      
Sunday - 10:30 Service with guest speaker - Revd. Ian Evans, Manager of Reddich foodbank
                 4:00 Familes @4 with Harvest theme

Has anyone any photos of Harvest over the years?

Watch this space for more details
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 ( or 07713 716 719)

Coffee Morning  - Wednesday 7th September 
You are welcome to join in the friendship and fellowship and to enjoy lovely cakes
The next Families@4 will be on the 7th of September and the theme will be Jesus's special friends
A 30 minute service especially for children and families, songs, games, stories and craft concluding with tea and cake.
All welcome
Table Tennis will be taking a break in August.
It will return in September
The Diocese of Worcester is going to hold monthly "Lunchtime Learning" Zoom events starting in September. John Kimber kicks off the series with a session on the Enneagram. The programme, including Eventbrite links to book onto the sessions, is available here.
St. Peter's Pantry -  Wednesday 21st September

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 is taking a break during August

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:

Let your merciful ears , O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things that will please you;
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 forever.


Please pray for those who are ill:

For urgent prayers: Martin Carpenter, Madeline, Roy Davenport 

Those with long-term illness: Graham Twist, Tia, Kate Bainbridge,  Andrew Johnson, Alex Street, Peter Barcham, Erica Dilger, Chris Tilley, Michael Hawkins, 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 Jackson, Barbara Arniel, Charlotte Kohla, Dennis Edwards, Jean Edwards, Martin Handy, June and Brian Wooton, Tom Hancock, Matt Fenton, David Volrath
And for all those who are grieving:
For Anne and the family as they mourn Betty Wood.
For the family and friends of Phyllis Griffiths.
For the family of Karen Dalby especially Paul her partner and her siblings

Thank you for progress in Matthew Fenton's treatment that a suitable donor may be found for a lung tranplant.
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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