Dear Minster and Friends,
Whilst standing in the line at Costa the other day I began to notice that my handbag seemed heavier than normal. As I peered into this bottomless pit I noticed several rocks. It made me smile as I remembered from our last holiday at the beach, Jonathan’s favourite activity was to collect rocks and, unbeknown to me, he must have started slipping them into my handbag. The memory got me thinking about how often we find ourselves walking through life carrying other people’s rocks. In Galatians 6, Paul writes these words:
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.
At the start of this text Paul encourages us to carry each other’s burdens, however, he finishes this paragraph by encouraging us to carry our own load. The truth is there are times in our lives where it is impossible to carry, by ourselves, that which has been placed upon us. Perhaps we have experienced an unexpected loss, or life’s challenges are overwhelmingly huge that we just need help. These things are like boulders in our lives, impossible to lift with our own strength. There are, however, rocks which are ours and ours alone to carry. Responsibilities and roles that we have committed to, that nobody else ought to be carrying for us. But with regard to our boulders and rocks, we may find ourselves falling into two tendencies, the first tendency is an unwillingness to ask for help; there are those of us who refuse to take help even when we are faced with a boulder. The second tendency is to try and slip our rocks into someone else’s handbag; that is to try and get others to carry our responsibilities, tasks and commitments for us. God calls us to a third way and that is the way of friendship. Friendship means encouraging the other to carry their own responsibilities recognising that it will help them to grow in their character and Christ-likeness. And yet friendship also means being willing to help each other and ask for help when those burdens come our way.
Songs of Praise
On 2nd September we have people from the BBC coming to film during the service and we will be having another BBQ after the service, which they will be filming also. If anyone would be willing to help with the BBQ on this date then please email email@example.com
24/7 Prayer at Walsall
Walsall Heathlands Mission is part of our network, head up by Ian and Sarah.
If anyone would like to support praying for Walsall; Jane will be taking a team up to stay Friday – Saturday. There will be accommodation available. If you would like to be involved with this then please speak to Jane or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bibles – Sunday 9th September will be Move Up Sunday, where many of our children will be moving up within children’s/youth ministry.
As well as an exciting new curriculum, we want to gift the children/youth with a brand new Bible each.
We will be looking to purchase roughly 80 Bibles in total for Mini Minsters, Mega Minsters, Ultimate Minsters and Youth, which will cost roughly £1,000 to do. So far we have received about a 1/3 of this in donations which we are very thankful for. Please do consider sponsoring a Bible or two – by either putting it in an envelope during the Sunday offering and writing ‘Bible’ on the envelope or making an online donation with the ref BIBLE
Helpers – We are in real need of more leaders and helpers to help with children/youth from September. If you feel this is something you might like to get involved with then please email the office and we will explore with you whether this would be the right fit.
Tablets – We are looking into having a virtual register for our children and youth groups. In order to do this we would need a few extra tablets. If anyone has any tablets, or even old smartphones, that they would be willing to donate please email email@example.com
Toys – We are also in need of good quality small toys for the younger one – dolls, cars, magnetic toys etc. If you have any you would be happy to donate please speak to Anna or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
One Can Trust Donations – www.onecantrust.org.uk
One Can Trust is a foodbank in High Wycombe that provides emergency food parcels for families in need.
We are now collecting donations for them and have a box at the back of church, next to the welcome table, where you can bring donations that will then be taken to their warehouse. On the lid of the box is a list of items which they regularly need, but they also put updates on their website for more urgently needed items.
A few people from Latimer volunteer every now and then at their warehouse in Wycombe, to help sort donations when they have had a large amount come in. If this is something you’d like to get involved with then please speak to Rebecca (Church Administrator)