Praying, exploring, and sharing
Meeting in person for Communion on Sunday 23rd Jan
This Sunday, after doing a LFT, please bring along your own drinks (travel cups of coffee; water bottles); grab a mask, and join us in the school hall at 3.30pm this Sunday to enjoy time with each other and time with God. We’ve got video clips, singing, colouring, discussion, and the invitation to share in Communion together.
If you can’t join us, and especially if you are ill with Covid, know that you are in our prayers. We miss you. Please use the church whatsapp to stay in touch, espeically if you need emergency lemsip drop off, dog walking, or anything else. #YouAreNotAlone
You might like to stay up to date with some of our themes by watching this excellent video from the Bible Project, and singing along with some of the music in this week’s playlist.
Praying together in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we asked our friends at Willingham Baptist how we could best be praying for them. Here’s what they shared:
The Café Church at Home Team are developing their ministry over the coming months. To begin with this means holding fortnightly zoom gatherings, with a couple of face to face social gatherings. Prayer for creativity, deepening of conversations/relationships and to sense God’s clear leading would be appreciated.
A new team are leading weekly Sunday morning services in the church. Prayer that God will strengthen and guide them as a team, and that they too would sense God’s leading and guidance.
We have now advertised for a minister, so prayer regarding our pastoral vacancy and wisdom regarding an appointment would be appreciated.
On Monday, Beth will also be meeting with the Pastors and Ministers of several other local churches for an ecuemical prayer meeting. Why not set aside some time on Monday Morning to pray for our local churches from whereever you are?
CHANGING SUNDAY GATHERING PATTERNS- a pause on current Breakfast plans, but more campfires.
One of the things we’ve always loved doing as a community is eating together. but right now, it’s really hard to make this happen safely without it becoming too heavy for our local team to run. So Church Council have decided to PAUSE the monthly breakfast until Easter, and then revisit how and when we reincorporate ways to eat together.
But we don’t want to loose the spaces to get to know each other better through informal conversation. The safest place, right now, for that to happen, is outside. And the best way to meet outside in the winter is around a campfire, ideally armed with marshmallows.
So, after all the fun we had around campfires last term, we’ve going to keep on using the last Sunday of the month to have a more informal gathering with a nature-focus which we’re calling Wild Church.
This Term, covid-permitting, we plan to meet EVERY SUNDAY at 3.30pm, with the exception of our normal half-term break (this year on Feb 20th).
Check social media for details, but expect to be outside (weather permitting) on the last Sundays of the month). And don’t forget to LFT before coming, and bring a mask.
Dates for your diary:
Half Term opportunities for all ages
13th Feb: Sunday Afternoon Gathering
Join us praying, exploring, and sharing as we gather for communion at the start of half term: 3.30-5pm, Pathfinder Primary School Hall.
12th & 13th Feb: Xcellr8 Weekend (Non-residential)
GenR8 who visit over 100 primary schools in the region have for many years run a weekend for children aged 8-11 (primary) called Xcellr8. There are still a few spaces to book into our 2022 weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February at Histon Baptist Church.
Whilst the weekend won’t be residential for this year, it still contains many of the elements of previous Xcellr8 weekends including wide game, swimming, team challenges, small groups, praise party, quiz and loads of fun!
The theme for 2022 is illumin8 with a focus on understanding Jesus as the light of the world, and the power that light can have in transforming our lives.
For booking forms contact Eliane Hamaia at email@example.com
18th – 20th Feb: Fort Rocky (residential)
Fort Rocky is the ultimate weekend break for those in school years 7-9. They have an action-packed programme full of fun, games, and opportunities to build relationships and create memories, all with a focus on sharing the good news of Jesus relevantly. It’s one of the highlights of the year so if you haven’t been before, make sure you book on!
The Fort Rocky Programme has something for everyone. Each weekend looks a little different but there is always a range of sports, wide games, and workshops alongside time to hang out with old friends and make some new ones. Excellent food is always provided and there are four Roadshow sessions, where everyone piles in together for challenges, interviews, gunge, videos, creative prayer, and an opportunity to hear from amazing youth communicators.
Fort Rocky is for anyone in school years 7-9. It’s particularly aimed at those with little to no connection with church or who are exploring faith for themselves.
Several Northstowe Young People have already booked to go as part of a group of local young people meeting in Willingham. If your teenager is interested, we’ll put you in touch with the brilliant Jim Overton.
And if they are looking for something fortnightly, let us know too. Our young people head over to Willingham straight after church on alternate Sundays for youth group: we’d love your teenager to get involved.
18th - 20th Feb: Beginners Retreat (residential)
The aim of this semi-silent retreat weekend is to help you enter the world of silent retreats gently and with plenty of support. There will be guidance on how to use the time; periods on your own and with the other retreatants, and the opportunity to share your experience with others if you wish to do so. During you stay at Launde you can join in with the community’s rhythm of prayer and worship; walk, paint, potter or simply rest, as the spirit takes you.
Book direct with Launde, letting them know you are part of the group from Northstowe.
Can’t join us? Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our learning… and invite you to help us plan some local Quiet Days to put it in practice.
20th Feb: Northstowe’s Half Term Community Litter Pick
10.30am on Sunday 20th, join with the wider community to spend an hour clearing up Northstowe, counting plastics and holding the big companies to account, and having fun!
With Beth taking part in the Launde Abbey Retreat, we’re looking for someone to be the “lead” from Pathfinder Church that morning, working with the team from Sustainable Northstowe. Get in touch if you have happy to do that. Otherwise, invite your friends and neighbours, and come and join the fun!
NOTE: No Sunday Afternoon Gathering on Feb 20th
Stay in touch
Whatever the coming months bring, please remember that we are all still here praying, exploring, and sharing. And keep using the WhatsApp Chat to stay in touch - let us know if you want to join!
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