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The Weekly Catch

Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 14th 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.

Not peace but Division     Luke 12:49-53

The Lectionary Gospel reading for today is puzzling and a bit sobering.  In his opening words, Jesus tells the disciples: “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” He continues talking about the baptism with which he would be baptized and the anguish he would experience in this process. He also warns his disciples that he has not come to establish peace on earth but rather division. He says that a household of five people will be divided. Father and son will be divided against each other as will mother and daughter, and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law. What difficult words these must have been for the disciples to hear. Were they confused? Were they worried? or were they simply frightened by Jesus’ words?
What do you think the message is that Jesus is trying to convey to the disciples (and to us)? Is he trying to open our minds and hearts to the reality of our world and the reality of our human condition?
In today’s world, every day we see and hear stories of division and violence in families, cities and countries. Perhaps the most frightening stories are the acts of destruction that take place in our own country, our cities, our neighbourhoods and perhaps within our own families.
What is the message Jesus is trying to convey to us? Is he trying to frighten us? Or is he simply hoping to awaken us? Is Jesus trying to motivate us to live peacefully, lovingly, cooperatively and respectfully with each other? Even the people we may not like or agree with? 
Take a moment and imagine a world where every single person was respected and honoured simply because they are a human being whom God created in love. We are those people. Every person on earth was created from God’s loving heart.  And yet, we “war” upon one another with our words,our actions, and violence. 
Today let’s think of a person we struggle with. It may be someone who has hurt us or angered us. Or it may be a person we simply don’t like or one who grates on us. Let’s imagine that person in our mind for a moment or two. Then surround that person with acceptance, peace and joy. 
We will have given a person a loving gift today. True, they may not consciously recognize what we have done. However, their “spirit” will know that someone has gifted and graced them today!  And be alert and attentive! Perhaps we may receive a similar gift!
With every blessing
Linda Nicholas



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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
Guest speaker from CAP  Christians against Poverty

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)
Phyllis Griffiths sadly died recently, aged 97.
Her funeral will be on Tuesday 16 August at 10.15am at the Redditch Crematorium.

Coffee Morning  - Every 1st Wednesday 
You are welcome to join in the friendship and fellowship and to enjoy lovely cakes
Families@4 will be taking a break in August.
The next Families@4 will be on the 4th of September.
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:

Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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.


Please pray for those who are ill:

For urgent prayers: Martin Carpenter, Madeline

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.
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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