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OASIS – A QUIET DAY for LENT.

‘My Peace I give you’.

St James’s Church, Meltham Mills,

Wednesday 27th March beginning with coffee in the hall from 10.00.

The Quiet Day starts in the Church at 10.30. There will be a short period of music; inspiring images; a reading and some prayers. The rest of the morning will be free for you to read; pray; sit and reflect; be creative with spiritual colouring and simply be at peace in a peaceful place.

Lunch and fellowship from 12 – 1.00. Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks and biscuits provided.

The afternoon is similar to the morning but about 2.15 we gather together for a simple Celtic Holy Communion Service lead by Rev Peter. The day ends by 3.00pm.

Come and see….stay as long as you wish. Take a break and have an hour or two just for yourself to feel and be in God’s perfect peace.

Contact Jenny Mathers 850839 for further information.

Weekly News – w/c Mon 11 March

PLEASE PRAY for baby Jack (Dracup). Jack was rushed to hospital this last week after suffering a seizure. Please pray that he would make a full recovery and heal through God’s Holy Spirit, being able to settle back at home. Pray for John and Fiona as they care for him, and Isaac and Rebekah to feel love and supported.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 4:1-13 – As Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, we too experience this at one time or another. Prolonged times of feeling abandoned, more things seem to be going wrong rather than right, challenging times. It is during these ‘wilderness’ periods that we need to rely on God’s word, rebuking Satan with scripture, don’t lose hope, continue to trust in Him and His plans for your life.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK
Monday 11th March
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 12th March
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 13th March
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 17th MARCH
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Service of the Word / Reflection
Christ Church, 11.15am – Holy Communion
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Service of the Word

OTHER EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday 11th March – MCT Lent Home Groups
Tuesday 12th – Meet the Vicar @ The Waggon and Horses – 8pm
Wednesday 13th – Mustard Seed AGM – 7:30pm @ The Methodist Church
Saturday 16th – Women’s Fellowship Coffee Morning – Cakes and Tombola items required. Also volunteers to help out!

Please refer to the Parish Magazine for all event details

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
PREPARATION OF NEW ELECTORAL ROLL
Notice is hereby given that under the Church Representation Rules a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. All persons who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to apply for enrolment not later Sunday 7th April 2019. The new Roll will come into operation on 14.04.19.

Forms of application for enrolment will be available to collect in Churches on Sunday 24th March. If you have any queries, please contact the
Church Electoral Roll Officer – Amelia Knowles

Ash Wednesday Services

Lent this year will begin with two Ash Wednesday communion services on the 6th of March. The first being at our usual BCP service at 9:00am and the second being at 7:00pm, both being at St Bartholomew’s and open to the whole parish. Please come along and join us as we start our lenten journey together.

Over the years Lent has been seen in different ways as our needs as a Church, and as a society, have changed but it remains a penitential season. Traditionally this has meant that we are to spend time examining ourselves to identify those things that we have allowed to come between ourselves and God so that we can repent. To really understand how best to make use of Lent we need to understand that there are three parts to the act of repentance. We often focus on the first two parts which are, identifying the wrong things in our life and saying sorry for those things. Of course, I wouldn’t want to underplay the importance of these two parts, the third part simply can’t happen without them. But it is important that our repenting is completed. After we have turned away from those wrong things in our lives and said sorry, we need the third part which is to put our back to them and turn to God.
Putting this rather simply if you believe you eat too much chocolate and choose to give this up for lent then, every time you would have eaten chocolate you will feel hungry and will feel tempted to eat chocolate. Turning to something good like eating a piece of fruit will stop you feeling hungry and reduce the temptation to eat chocolate.
Perhaps, this is why many people in recent years have begun to take up a good thing for Lent, rather than giving up a bad thing.
As Christians this act of taking up something for Lent should be about finding a way to spend more time with God and drawing closer to him, something we hope will extend far beyond Easter Sunday!

God bless
Rev’d John

Weekly News – w/c Mon 4th March

PLEASE PRAY for our young people, pray protection over them, pray for them to make wise choices, not succumbing to ways of the world but standing firm in God’s love and plan for their lives.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 9:28-36 – Let us seek God so intentionally and fervently during our quiet times with Him, that our faces and appearance change too. Not necessarily physically, but spiritually glowing as we encounter Him and His Spirit.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK

Monday 4th March
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 5th March
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 6th March
9.00am – Ash Wednesday Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s
7.00pm – Ash Wednesday Parish Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 10th MARCH
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Holy Communion
Christ Church, 11.15am – Service of the Word
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Holy Communion

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Lent 2019 – from Monday 11th March Meltham Churches Together will be running ecumenical home study groups on 4 different days each week, for 5 weeks in Lent.
We will be following the New York Course ‘Daring to see God now’. If you would like to join a group, please sign the green ‘sign up’ sheets in each church, the Crossroads Shop or Crossroads Centre. All are welcome. For more information, please speak to Jean Burhouse.

Meltham Mustard Seed AGM – Wednesday 13th March – Come and hear a first hand report from Kyema, Uganda, by Jane Collins. 7.30pm at Meltham Methodist Church

Please note – The Church Growth & Development Meeting has now moved the 4th Wednesday of each month, rather than the 1st. It will meet 27th March, 7.30pm at The Vicarage.

Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com

Weekly News – w/c 25th February

PLEASE PRAY for yourselves. Sometimes we focus so much on what is going on around us and for others who we care about that we neglect to pray for our own health – physical and spiritual. Pray for a renewing of strength, passion and closeness to God. Ask Him to identify our weaknesses and how we can better ourselves as we serve Him.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Genesis 2:4-9 – As Spring approaches, let us be reminded of and thankful to God for His creation. As the colours from the daffodils, trees and sky start to shine a little brighter, let us seek to see God in all things, especially in the beauty of His creation.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK

Monday 25th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 26th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 27th February
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 3RD MARCH
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Service of the Word
Christ Church, 11.15am – Holy Communion
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Service of the Word

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday 25th February – “Journeys” – 7.00pm at St James Church, Meltham Mills. For more information please speak to Rev John Dracup.
Tuesday 26th February – St Bartholomew’s Women’s Fellowship – Sandie Nicholson will be showing slides of local scenes. 2.00pm in church.
Friday 1st March – World Day of Prayer Service at St Bartholomew’s Church, 2.00pm. Followed by refreshments to help raise donations for the Hospice Support Group
Lent 2019 – from Monday 11th March – Meltham Churches Together will be running ecumenical home study groups on 4 different days each week, for 5 weeks in Lent. We will be following the New York Course ‘Daring to see God now’. If you would like to join a group, please sign the green ‘sign up’ sheets in each church, the Crossroads Shop or Crossroads Centre. All are welcome. For more information, please speak to Jean Burhouse.

Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com

Weekly News – w/c 18 Feb 2019

PLEASE PRAY for Libby Squire, her family, her friends, the police and all involved. Libby, is a student who has been missing since 31st January, in Hull. Please pray that a resolution is found and for her family during such a difficult and traumatic time.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 8:22-25 Jesus calms the storm – “Where is your faith?” He asked His disciples.’ During storms in our own lives, let us ask ourselves the same question ‘where is my faith in this situation?’

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK
Monday 18th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 19th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 20th February
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Holy Communion
Christ Church, 11.15am – Service of the Word
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Holy Communion

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday 18th February – “Journeys” – Our weekly course continues, this week discussing “Does God have real power to change things?”
7.00pm at St James Church, Meltham Mills. For more information please speak to Rev John Dracup.

Lent 2019 – from Monday 11th March
As in previous years Meltham Churches Together will be running ecumenical home study groups on 4 different days each week, for 5 weeks in Lent.
We will be following the New York Course ‘Daring to see God now’. If you would like to join a group, please sign the green ‘sign up’ sheets
in each church, the Crossroads Show or Crossroads Centre. This helps us to know how many resources booklets are required, however you are welcome to join a group at any time throughout Lent. For more information, please speak to Jean Burhouse.

Invest in Love: A Lent Prayer Journey – from Monday 6th March. LICC offers a daily prayer focus during the time of Lent. To subscribe, please visit www.licc.org.uk

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A little note from Arnold Lodge’s daughter, Jenny – visitors would be welcome to come and see Arnold at this time. Please do pop in to say hello and cheer him up. It would really be appreciated to see some friendly faces from the village. Thank you!

Weekly News – w/c 11th Feb 2019

PLEASE PRAY for opportunity to share Jesus with others. Pray for chance conversations and meetings to take place. To be able to share the gift
of life that we know and live with others. Jesus has blessed us with His joy, peace and love, let us be inspired to share that with other people, and not keep it to ourselves.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 5:1-7 – Do you every feel like you’re waiting is never ending, prayer is being unanswered or your efforts seem tiresome? Is God telling you to cast your nets to the other side and to trust Him?

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK
Monday 11th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 12th February
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 13th February
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Service of the Word
Christ Church, 11.15am – Holy Communion
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Service of the Word

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday 11th February – “Journeys” – Our weekly course continues, this week discussing “Does this faith thing work in real life?”
7.00pm at St James Church, Meltham Mills. For more information please speak to Rev John Dracup.

Wednesday 13th February – St Bartholomew’s DCC Meeting at the church, 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th February – Church Hall AGM, 7.30pm. For the Church Hall Committee. Nomination forms can be obtained by ringing 07860636931 and must be returned by Wednesday 13th February.

Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com