Dear Minster and Friends,
I hope you are enjoying the combination of the long summer evenings, a heatwave and lots of football.
The next few days there is plenty going on:
This Saturday – our Minster Makeover (9:30m – 3pm) do come join us if you can, for some time getting stuck in to help prepare the land for our summer season – there are jobs for every skill and energy level and it will also be great fun! Lunch and ice cream will be provided and please bring any gardening gloves or forks if you have any.
Sunday we have church as normal;
10:00am coffee and refreshments
10:30am main service with kids’ groups
On Monday evening from 7:30pm ‘The Gathering’ will be hosting Sam Allberry for an evening on ‘loving others well’. Sam is a well known speaker and author, a founding member of www.livingout.org and one of the most sought after speakers in the area of modern sexuality and identity. He works closely with the Evangelical Alliance, Tim Keller and The Zacharias Trust. There will be a short talk where Sam will share some of his own story, Q & A and desserts!
Meanwhile I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday as we finish up the Book of James in our sermon series.
It is clearer than ever that to thrive we need one another:
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
James 5:13 NIV
Though we often experience our faith as internal, individual and sometimes private, true spiritual life grows when we realise that we need to ask for help. When James advises us to pray or sing songs of praise, it is a call to do this in community. Sing songs with others when you are happy, ask for help when you are feeling ill or weak. Our Christian life is intended to be lived in community, not in solitary confinement.
One of the best ways to do this is to make a priority of meeting together on Sundays or in a midweek community, whatever your age or stage. Sometimes we come together and we realise how much we need someone else to pray with us and for us, at other times perhaps we are there to pray with and for someone else.
Whatever season of the soul you may be in right now, there is strength and wisdom to be found in walking out our highs and lows with other prayerful people.
May God give you songs and prayers to pray with others this week.
With much love,
14 – 15th July
Our summer sleepover party!
On the Saturday we will have fun activities for all ages, including; input and worship, kids activities in the afternoon, a BBQ dinner, bonfire with storytelling and late night worship.
On Sunday morning we will have breakfast together with an early morning prayer, with time to pack up before church.
Dinner and breakfast will be provided – so campers will not have to bring any cooking stuff.
Tickets will be available to purchase THIS SUNDAY after the service from Jane and Rebecca, who will be at the back of the tent.
Tickets will also be able to be purchased through the events section of our website.
For any queries please email daisy.hill@theminster.