What’s happening in February 2013

Friday 1st: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place  All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Prayers for Building Appeal at All Saints’. All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Wednesday 6th: 8.00pm Wednesday Group at 33 The Pines – call 244 036 for details.
Thursday 7th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 8th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place (. All welcome.
Saturday 9th: 7.30pm “Moonrakers” concert at St Giles’ Church, Great Coxwell.  All welcome.
Wednesday 13th: 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Service.
Thursday 14th: 8.00pm Thursday Group meeting at 10b Coxwell Street. For details contact  (242 753). All welcome.
Friday 15th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 15th: 8.00pm Prayer for the World—call (240 509) for venue. All welcome.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.30pm Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Tuesday 19th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Thursday 21st: 10.00am-4.00pm Lent Quiet Day. The Vicarage Buckland. tel 870618
Thursday 21st: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 22nd: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 22nd: 10.30am All Sorts at All Saints’. All welcome.
Sunday 24th: 4.00pm Messy Church at the United Church. All welcome.
Monday 25th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Tuesday 26th: 7.45pm All Saints’ PCC meeting.
Thursday 28th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.

Prayer Calendar: February 2013

Please continue to pray for the life and work of our parishes

Fri 1st The Barnabas Fund—our Mission of the Month for February.
Sat 2nd For all those recently bereaved.
Sun 3rd Saints Alive this morning.
Mon 4th Thanks for Matt, Liz & Levi Wisbey’s new house in Thame.
Tues 5th For the elderly in snowy conditions.
Wed 6th For the future work of the Family Centre.
Thurs 7th Alpha course this evening.
Fri 8th For the Flower Guild.
Sat 9th For all who help run our Churches—administration, cleaning, etc.
Sun 10th United Service this evening at the Baptist Church.
Mon 11th The work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Tues 12th Ministry team: Charles, Simon, Max, Paul, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Wed13th For ourselves and all Christians at the start of Lent.
Thurs 14th The Choir, Music Group and all who lead our worship.
Fri 15th Our Wardens and Assistant Wardens.
Sat 16th For magazine preparation this weekend.
Sun 17th For the family bringing a child for baptism today.
Mon 18th Lent Courses begin this week.
Tues 19th Our Bishops, Area Dean and Churches of the VWH Deanery.
Wed 20th Witness at home, at work and in the community this week.
Thurs 21st Alpha course this evening.
Fri 22nd Allsorts at All Saints’ this morning.
Sat 23rd For vergers and welcomers, intercessors and readers.
Sun 24th Messy Church this afternoon at the United Church.
Mon 25th St Mary’s Lent Course begins today.
Tues 26th All Saints’ PCC Meeting tonight.
Wed 27th For all we know who are ill or in any kind of need.
Thurs 28th Alpha course this evening.

Lent Course: “Lost for Words” sharing faith naturally

The aim is: To learn to speak about our faith with anyone, in a relaxed, natural, helpful way, so they may discover and respond to God’s love for them.

There are two parallel courses running on Monday evenings (7.30-9.30pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2.00-3.30pm) at the United Church.

The Programme is:

  • Monday 18th / Tuesday 19th February: Getting connected
  • Monday 25th / Tuesday 26th February: Connecting Well
  • Monday 4th / Tuesday 5th March: Telling our story
  • Monday 11th / Tuesday 12th March: Telling God’s story
  • Monday 18th / Tuesday 19th March: Keeping going

You can just turn up if you like, but if you’re planning in advance to come – do let John Seedell know you’re coming (john.seedell@gmail.com or 242 440).

It would be great to see you there – No prior knowledge or expertise required

 

Simon writes: February 2013

Type, delete, think, try again, correct a spelling … that’s what usually happens when I write for the magazine. Some would call it writers block! But I don’t think it is just journalists or authors who get that feeling of being stuck or lost for words.

Many of us feel at sea when we are asked about our faith or to explain who Jesus is and why he came. We also feel lost for words.

The apostle Peter wrote to the early Christians scattered across modern day Turkey “in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:16).

So how do we ‘give the reason for our hope’? That’s where our Lent course comes in. Across the churches we thought that we could do with some help in explaining and sharing our faith. So we’ll be running “Lost for Words” – a course for those who would like some help to share faith naturally.

The aim of the course is simple: To learn to speak about our faith with anyone, in a relaxed, natural, helpful way, so they may discover and respond to God’s love for them. The course will run on Monday evenings (7.30-9.30pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2.00-3.30pm) at the United Church beginning on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February for five weeks.

How encouraging it would be to get to Easter feeling encouraged and confident about sharing our hope in Christ!

If you’d like more information, pick up a flyer in church or speak to me or John Seedell.