Please find below details of Service times, prayer groups and the prayer for the month.
There is also the Order of Service for this Sunday to enable those who are unable to attend the service to follow and share in our worship.
We regularly hold a discussion group in the hall lounge on the second Sunday of the month from 6.30-7.30pm. See calendar for details.
There will be a mid-week monthly discussion group at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month in Abbey Hall Lounge. The group will be discussing contemporary issues and questions affecting the church and Christian people, based on the regular article A Good Question as found in the United Reformed Church denominational magazine Reform (you don’t need to subscribe to or have copies of Reform to take part in the discussion group). The article A Good Question focuses upon a particular question or issue upon which four people have contributed their views – sometimes they are in agreement, sometimes not – but they are always thought-provoking! Do come and join us – everybody is welcome!
In the United Reformed Church, we are more likely to refer to that last meal that Jesus took with his apostles in the upper room as the Last Supper than any other of the titles which refer to the same event. Holy Communion is another title and the celebration we hold every third Thursday of the month is called Short Communion. Short Communion because it is an opportunity to meet with our Lord over bread and wine for half an hour. Half an hour during which we can remember that the Son of God offered himself on the cross and took upon himself, who was sinless, the atonement for the sin of humankind.
In the face of such suffering and sacrifice Isaac Watts responded with:
‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’
We remember, because that is what Christ asked us to do – “Do this in remembrance of me” – words repeated in reverence and thanks whenever and wherever the Last Supper is celebrated. But that is not all, we also gain strength and support to live our Christian lives. When asked, ‘Which is the greatest commandment of all’, Jesus replied, ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord is one, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength… You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus was reminding us of our commitment as Christians but through the bread and the wine he is giving us the fuel to follow his way.
The next Thursday Communion will take place at 10.30 on 17 September. Join the Zoom link HERE (Meeting ID: 852 4443 7619 and Password: bread).
We look forward to sharing with you!
In February the Explorers explored the Lord's Prayer and on they shared their thoughts with the congregation. They realised that, although they said it every week, they did not know what it all meant. Once they had worked it out, they decided to write it in simple language and rearrange it a little so it made sense to them. Since prayer is a conversation with God, they wanted to sound friendly. Here is their version.
"Dear God - wow, even your name is special
You are everywhere and everything belongs to you
Please make sure we have what we need to survive
We will try to live the way you want us to
but please forgive us when we get it wrong
We will forgive people for what they have done wrong
Help us to make the right choices and keep us safe
You are the ruler of the world, and you are in charge.
Thank you always and forever.
I agree, the end."
Now they understand what they are saying, but they like the traditional version used in church because it is special and it joins them with friends across the world when they say it.
It was lovely the support we had for Carol Singing at local Care Homes and Nursing Homes. Carols were selected by residents from the Bethlehem Songsheet. We sang for about 30 minutes, this was followed by an opportunity to give Christmas greetings to the residents.
The focus for our Community Awareness Service on 7 February 2016 was the work offered by charities for the poorer members of our society, in particular the work of Churches Action on Poverty. The service was led by Revd. Alan Green who has long been a supporter of this charity. Co-incidentally Churches Action on Poverty asked churches to designate 7 February as Churches Action on Poverty Sunday. Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. It works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally. Further details can be found at http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/ During the service we recognised the work of other charities.