LiFT 8th February
Good evening friends,
Where is the time going? We enter the season of Lent next week. Do you have plans? We get caught up in the tradition of giving up or abstaining for Lent don’t we? I must confess that I don’t usually give up anything – it never goes well, and I am much better at tasking myself with a new discipline, or taking up a reading project or different prayer discipline. Anyway, you know what I’m doing this year – walking! Thank you to all of you who have offered help, accompaniment, and encouragement. We also have a wonderful choice of Lenten activities all themed around the environment. There really is something for everyone and there is detailed information in all our churches. Have a look and give something a try, maybe invite a friend or relation to join you – it’s sometimes easier if we have someone doing it with us.
Clare, one of our pastoral visitors and lay worship leaders, is undertaking a tough challenge as part of her Lent discipline – she will be endeavouring to live for a week, spending only £10 on her food. This is not going to be an easy feat, and is not for everyone, but Clare would be delighted if you think it is something you can join her in. Let me know and I’ll put you in touch. Clare has decided that she will collect financial donations as an encouragement, and all money collected will be donated to the Food Pantry in Raglan. Please make your donations directly to the church there, and we will announce how much Clare raises, helping to feed those who are struggling locally.
Finally, you know what’s coming, a prayer request please. As we enter a season of change, with a new team developing, I sense that there is excitement, anticipation, hope, fear, and expectation in varying degrees. Please pray for all those involved in ministry across our Ministry Area, praying that decisions and conversations will be surrounded by God’s grace and that we will discern his desires for all our communities and people. Thank you.
Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
You know how to get hold of me if you need anything, please don’t hesitate.
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Please note that Friday is usually my rest day. Emails received on Friday may not be responded to until after the weekend. Thank you for your understanding.