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Intentional prayer. 

 
 

Jan/Feb 2021... for healing and guidance

Jesus said:

"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."

John 15:4,5

Each day until Lent begins you are asked to commit to praying for St Mary’s. Use the prayer, and read the reading for the week.

Be open to what God might be saying through the reading for you, and for St Mary’s as together we seek healing and wholeness.
You may find the notes Reading the Scriptures with your Heart, at the end of the leaflet helpful.

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ
You are the vine, we are the branches.
Where we are hurting, heal us
Where we are searching, guide us.
Nourish us to grow as your body here in Chartham
that through us your people will know
the power of your renewing, transforming love,
and together we may celebrate
your gift of life in all its fullness. Amen


Reading for the week beginning:

4 Jan   Mark 1:4-11 (Gospel for 10 Jan)

11 Jan   Mark 2:18-22 (Gospel for 17 Jan)

18 Jan   John 2:1-11 (Gospel for 24 Jan)

25 Jan   Luke 2:22-40 (Gospel for 31 Jan)

1 Feb   John 1:1-14 (Gospel for 7 Feb)

8 Feb   Mark 9:2-9 (Gospel for 14 Feb)


Reading the Scriptures with your Heart

A very good way of pondering a passage of scripture with your heart is to approach the scripture text as you would a love letter.
Read the passage slowly, aloud, or in a whisper....
Let the words wash over you....
Re-read the passage lovingly as if you were reading a letter from a dear friend....

Stay with the words or phrases that especially catch your attention.... Absorb them the way the thirsty earth receives the rain....
Savour each phrase or word.... perhaps repeating it silently
Only move on when you want to; there is no need to pray the whole text.

Allow your heart to be moved; when a thought or feeling resonates deeply, stay with it.... Allow it to penetrate your being.... Express it to God....
Occasionally you might want to ask yourself questions concerning this passage: Why? How? When? How might this apply now? Let further feelings and thoughts well up in your heart as you ponder to find deeper meaning or understanding or a different way of seeing things.
Respond spontaneously in your own words from your heart as in dialogue…Express your thoughts and feelings to God

Allow a space of silence and listen for what God might have to say to you


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Rev. Louise Vincer, 06/01/2021
Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 


! SOME CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SERVICES DUE TO COVID-19Please Check Calendar 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St.Mary's (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits afterward. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

Open Google Maps

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome.. 

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Treasure Seekers (Sunday school) takes place during each of the 10am services except the Family Service on the first Sunday

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go out to Treasure Seekers.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. 

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes