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Weekly Update – Friday 19th February 2021

19 February 2021 11:10

from Revd Emma.    

Dear Friends,

Good morning.  Despite the cold days last week, and the rain this week, I have been encouraged to see on my walks through the village, signs of Spring beginning to approach, with crocuses and daffodils already starting to push up through the earth and some even showing their yellow heads. 

Be encouraged - brighter days are coming. 

Lent 2021

 As we enter Lent we are reading, in our lent/house groups and as individuals, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book ‘Living His Story’ written by Hannah Steele. 

Our Licensed Lay Minister, Peter Mitchell, has written an Introduction to the book to help get us started and this can be found here on our website: LENT 2021

Peter highlights two extra resources which may help us as we read this book.  Peter gives direct links to these materials:    

  1. A useful Reading Plan produced by SPCK (the publisher), which includes a featured passage, study notes and discussion questions for each week.  
  2. The second is a link to a series of short Introductory Videos for each chapter, where Hannah is in conversation with a variety of national church leaders and bishops, the first one being Archbishop Justin Welby.  

So do check our Peter’s Introduction and explore the resources.  If you haven’t already obtained your own copy of Hannah’s book, it is available from most bookshops and on-line.   

Our weekly Online Lent Group starts this coming Monday 22nd February at 7.30-8.30pm. We are looking forward to discussing the book and sharing our thoughts and experiences.  It is not too late to join; please contact the church office – we shall then be in touch with a link to the first MS Teams meeting.  

Here is the rest of this week’s update:

Worship @Home This Sunday we join for a short act of worship at 10am, when we will be marking the first Sunday of Lent.    This service will include Communion so you may want to be ready with bread and wine at home so you can join in from home.  This service will be available at 10am on both our website and Facebook page.  www.allsaintsdenmead.org.uk and www.facebook.com/allsaintsdenmead

We continue to share morning prayer live streamed each weekday at 8.30am on our Facebook page.  As soon as the session finishes, we upload it to our website so you can catch up at any point later in the day.  

The church building is open for Private Prayer sessions on Wednesdays 10am-12noon and Sundays 2-4pm for any who would like to drop in briefly for prayer, reflection and to light a candle. We have risk assessed and put in place COVID-19 protocols that allow these sessions to take place safely.

Throughout this time, you can contact me, Revd Emma Racklyeft, by telephoning 023 9226 2647 or emailing vicar@allsaintsdenmead.org.uk.  You are also very welcome to contact Revd Jack Williams, our Curate, on 07368 957 423 or by emailing curate@allsaintsdenmead.org.uk 

The Delightful Daffodil Knit! 

Thank you to all who have begun to deliver knitted daffodils to the church office!  This photo shows a mix of what we have received, these are just perfect – so please keep them coming!

The two patterns can be found by following the links below.

For the seasoned knitter:    

www.oddknit.com/patterns/flowers/df/daffodils.pdf  

And for those, like me (Claire), who need a simpler pattern:

flutterbypatch.blogspot.com/2009/03/knitted-daffodil.html

If you cannot print these patterns, please let Claire know and we can print and deliver one to you.  Once you have any daffodils to deliver please bring them to the church hall entrance and place them in the plastic box.  

 

Stay warm, dry and safe and may God bless you richly as we travel through Lent together,

Emma 

Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints Denmead  vicar@allsaintsdenmead.org.uk  023 9226 2647