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Saturday’s Ordination and Sunday’s Communion and BBQ

This week, our wonderful Assistant Pioneer Minister is getting ordained priest. You are welcome to join Beth, Jan, and many others at Ely Cathedral at 5pm on Saturday. But most importantly, be praying for Revd Stephen as he prepares for this special day. If you can’t be there in person, you can watch live or catch up online.

Back in Northstowe, as his church family, our main celebrations will be on Sunday. We’ve a truly wonderful intergeneration Communion planned for 3.30pm, featuring story, song, “sky-jewellery”, and space for encounter with the ancient God who still touches lives today.

Afterwards, we’re throwing Stephen and some of his family a party! Read on below…

2 July  - Ordination of Priests

BBQ plans (please RSVP if possible - but there’s always space for extras!)

  • General invitation to bring-meat-to-throw-on-the-bbq, which can loosely eaten by anyone. [We’ve a dedicated cook, armed with a temperature probe to ensure all goes well!].

  • Likewise, general bread products and salads - bring and share
    [Note - WE ARE A NUT FREE VENUE]

  • Special diets/veggie/those wanting to be more careful for ANY reason can bring-their-own, and arrange for items to be cooked in more controlled settings in the oven in the kitchen.

  • We are providing individual packets of crisps - a mix of Kettle ‘Cheddar and red onion’ and Kettle ‘lightly salted’ - so no need to share bowls with lots of fingers.

  • Drinks: as well as our normal hot drinks and squash, we’ll have jugs of Pimms and lemonade-with-fruit. Feel free to bring (and share?) anything else suitable.

Coming up on Tuesday: a VERY special book launch

Last Summer, at our ‘Stowe-Aways festival, we welcome the brilliant Nell Smith of INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION to speak about overcoming slavery.

One of the young people there was so moved, she decided to raise money for IJM. She has just published her first book… and invites YOU to the book launch. And Nell is back to tell us more about IJM. (let us know if you are coming so we can give her an idea of numbers).

Looking back to last week’s Wild Church Baptism

WOW! What an amazing afternoon. Read more about it, and get an online copy of the responses and promises, at https://northstowe.church/wild-church

Were you left wanting to dig deeper?

Last Sunday, we explored some wonderful ancient poetry that JOYFULLY celebrates God’s creativity, as well as God’s WISDOM, as we dig into the Biblical Hebrew book of Proverbs. And that seem appropriate, too, for a baptism. Because this book was collected together to impart Wisdom from one generation to another – parent to child. So you might like to dip into these videos

  1. An overview of the book of proverbs, unpacking the genre and helping us read it well

An overview of the book of proverbs, unpacking the genre and helping us read it well
  1. a beautiful visual commentary on the passages we’re using this week

Proverbs 8 - a beautiful visual commentary on the passages we’re using this week

Welcome to Chris - on placement this month

One of the things we love to do is welcome short term ministry students to join us, full time, during the university holidays. This month, Chris is on placement with us. Do introduce yourself, ask him lots of questions, and share with him what God is up to here in Northstowe.

The university ask us to make this Ethics Statement, as with all our placement students:

We are pleased to have Chris Whittaker, an ordinand from Ridley Hall, on placement with us at Pathfinder Church. He is required to reflect on his experiences at Pathfinder Church as part of his academic work. The work will be marked and seen only by examiners. All names and identifying details will be changed. If you have concerns about this please contact Revd Beth (contact@northstowe.church)

More dates for your diary

Sunday Afternoons at 3.30pm on site at Pathfinder Primary

  • 10th July 3.30pm Afternoon Gathering

  • 17th July 3.30pm Afternoon Gathering

  • 23rd July 3.30pm End of Term picnic communion

And then the Autumn Adventures begin, including a trip to the Greenbelt Festival on 26–29 August 2022 to celebrate artistry, activism, and belief.

We’re in the ‘Growing Season’…

At this point in the cycle of the church year, Christians often take time to think about what it means to live our everyday lives, set free and given new purpose by the Easter Story, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Church buildings are often decorated with Green, as we pray that God would help us grow in faith and fruitfulness.

On Sundays we’re focusing on God’s Creation: not just as something in the past, but as a still-unfolding story that we’re invited to be part of.

At Little Explorers (the new name for our Thursday morning Baby Group), we’re asking what God’s kingdom is like, and praying that his Kingdom will grow up around us.

And, in the other places where God has called us to throughout the week, we’re celebrating the new fruit that God is bringing to bear. (Did you see the photographs of the radishes from Simon’s allotment this week? The fruit of many people’s shared labour!?)

Read on to glimpse some of these places. Remember:

Community Partnerships

Our Monthly Community Litter Picks continue.

The next one is July 17th, meeting in PHASE TWO outside the Urban Splash marketing suite building. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

SAVE THE DATE: We’re joining in with the Pathfinder Primary School Fete. Fancy helping run our Deckchair Listening Post?

Youth Update

Sunday Youth Group in Willingham for those exploring Christianity

Don’t forget, we encourage Northstowe’s young people (11+, now including year 6 students soon to go to secondary) to join us with our friends in Willingham for The Alterative, straight after our Afternoon Gatherings for church every other Sunday. Chat to me, or other parents of teenagers to find out more.

The Northstowe Youth Hive

As a church, we’re a member organization of this new community-led partnership supporting young people from all faiths, cultures, backgrounds, genders, and sexualities to have fun, develop and make a difference..

On Thursday, some of our young people were part of the first group to join with the amazing team from The Connections Bus Project running their pop up youth club under a Gazebo in the park. Next week, why bring your friends (age 11+ only!)

Familiar faces from the Youth Hive volunteer team at the Youth Cafe will also pop in from time to time, ready to listen to your ideas and help you get your projects off the ground.

Little Explorers - Time for You, Your Baby, and God

We’re pleased to be able to tell you about the lovely little group just getting going on a Thursday morning meeting in Pathfinder Primary School 9.30-10.45.

It's called Little Explorers, and has started with a group of babies (and their preschool siblings) along with their carers.

There is free play with things like ball pits, messy play, etc. Singing - nursery rhymes and songs linked to the stories. There is a bible story often told through interactive play. One of the unique things is that there is also space for the adults to spend some time journaling or colouring too, with volunteers to hold the babies, if that's what you want.

This week, as we explorered the Growing Season, there was space to journal about the ways you've seen your baby grow, and about how you are growing as as adult too - spiritually, personally etc.

You don't have to be a church goer to be part of the group, and there's a lovely open atmosphere as people chat about everything from sleepless nights to nappies to big questions about faith. Those who come are working on some advertising to go live soon, but in the meantime you can email contact@northstowe.church to find out more. Suggested donation of £3 per family to help cover room hire and resources - but only if you can afford that.

Midweek Prayers

Don’t forget, many of us are still using the Lectio 365 app to help shape our daily prayers. If you want to be part of a WhatsApp group of others using it, just let us know.

And if you are free at 8.45am on a Thursday Morning, why not meet up with some of us in person as we use the Lectio 365 app, and share music from across the Christian traditions (as well as tapping into our creativity!). Talk to Beth or Stephen to find out more…

Other midweek opportunities

Talk to Rachel A to find out more about the midweek Journaling and Reflection small group.

Or to Stephen to dream about What Next for the group of young professionals working crazy hours, often shifts, but keen to connect in a way that works well at that stage of life!