“Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35 NIV)
Family can be an odd thing - we can choose our friends, but not our family. And our families can be wonderful, terrible, or possibly both. Jesus promises that in all the mess of life, we can be forgiven all our sins and be part of his family.
I hope you’ll be able to join us either in person, or online, as we look together at a passage where Jesus tells us about how we can be part of his family.
Wednesday Prayer @ 10am
This Wednesday, at 10am, we'll meet via Zoom for a short time to pray together. We'll take the first few Wednesdays as they come, and see what pattern works for us. I'd love for you to join us via Zoom, please email me for details of how to join.
We'll be no more than 20 minutes, which will give enough time to make a hot drink before joining the Virtual Coffee Shop.
I hope that this email is useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at noon each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family.
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. … For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:5, 16, NIV)
Christians believe in one God, consisting of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As much as we try to find pictures to help us understand God’s three-ness and one-ness, it is impossible to find one that truly describes how it works.
What we can know is that, from before the creation of the world, God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - have been working together for our salvation. God’s rescue plan for us is part of the unity of God, and of his love for us.
We see it in John’s gospel as well: God the Father sent God the Son to rescue us from death, and so that we can have new life through God the Holy Spirit.
I hope you’ll be able to join us either in person, or online, as we look together at God’s love for us, and how we can be part of God’s family.
A Brief Report on the PCC meeting held 17th May 2021.
It was nice to be back in person and away from the horrid “zoom” meetings when the PCC met on the 17th May. This was the first meeting of the new PCC appointed at the APCM and everyone was present.