From the Rector - 26th April

Dear Friends

 

A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to all we have done this week, especially those involved in the service this morning, hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful.

 

If you have not seen it you can watch it here.

 

Another massive thank you for all the contributions still coming in for the 'Syrian Refugees' appeal, which has now reached £3000 which is truly amazing, as I said last week you are all stars🌟. If we add in what we raised from the Christmas Jig Words we have given a staggering £4057.50 to the appeal sensational and helping to completely smash the £5000 target.

 

On top of this many of you were so generous in your support of Jo's 'Shielded Walk for Water aid see her message and pics below. From me for both of theses efforts; Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

 

Please hold Matt Parsons, our CEMES worker, in your prayers during the month as he prepares for his Selection Process for Ministry in the Church of England at the beginning of June. As you pray for him, also remember his wife Hannah as she supports him, and for the selectors as they strive to discern Matts Vocation to the Priesthood. Please pray Gods blessing on them all at this important time in Matts spiritual journey.

 

Please find attached my sermon from today, if you know of anyone who cannot get online please print it off and put a copy through their door, equally if you know of anyone who would like a DVD please let me know. (Massive thank you to George Lunt for producing these and distributing them 😇

 

God Bless you all on this sunny Sunday and remember: 'take care out there'.

 

Fr Malcolm

 

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Message from Jo

 

I just wanted to say a massive, huge thank you to all of you who supported me in my 2.6 Challenge for Water Aid either through your incredibly generous sponsorship or through (just as importantly) your love, prayers and good wishes.  I have been totally overwhelmed by all of the support.  God is indeed good! 

 

I felt challenged to raise the profile of those millions in the world still living without access to clean water and sanitation.  We are so focused on our ’20 second hand washing’ and think nothing of having hot water and soap available for this but many in our world still do not!   Through your incredible generosity we have today been able to help some of them.

 

The walk took place early this morning, as I am in the ‘shielding’ group I am not supposed to go out of our grounds.  However, I have discovered the fields behind The Rectory are a wonderful place to walk as the sun rises as nobody else is about!!!  This morning as I began the challenge the valley was full of mist and I had the joy of watching the most amazing sunrise and also being accompanied, in parts, by a roe deer!

 

Money is still coming in but to date we have raised over £1100 plus about £250 of gift aid – totally fantastic, thank you all so so much.

 

Jo x