There is much going on within the community of our Church and we try to keep everyone up to date about the latest News.
We do this by producing a weekly Intimation Sheet as well as our own quarterly Newsletter, 'News and Views' which is delivered to each of our members and adherents homes by their District Elders/ Visitors. Articles for the Easter News and Views will be needed by Sunday 5th March at the latest. Please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not currently have a copy delivered by hand or e-mail and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at: email@example.com
This year we will be using 5 studies based around the film Les Miserables. Anyone who would like to join a group is welcome Groups currently meet on Monday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A 5th group may meet in St Mary's Hall at a mutually agreed time if anyone is interested. Please speak to Mike or Jane Fucella if you would like to join a group. There will be a showing of the film Les Misereables on Sunday 5th March in St Mary's Hall at 7pm. All welcome
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held on Friday 3 March 2017 at 10.00a.m. in St Mary’s Hall, North Back Road. The service “Am I being unfair to you?”, based on the parable in Matthew 20, was prepared by women from the Philippines. All are welcome to the service and to stay afterwards for light refreshment.
A Word From the Executive Director of World Day of Prayer - I travelled to the Philippines for the writing process five months after typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, had made landfall in central Philippines. With WDP sisters, Prima Formilleza and Zenaida Maturan, we visited Tacloban. Corazon Reyes, Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of the Least Coin, contacted Josefina Evangelista, United Church of Christ Women’s President, who welcomed us.
We spent the trip listening to the stories of the day that Yolanda hit Tacloban. The sound of the strong winds, the prayers of the children, the ship stuck on the street, the cemetery at the Catholic Church yard for the community’s victims, the hunger, the resilience and the faith. In that context, there are many questions with no easy answers.
That is quite the same feeling when listening to the story Jesus told about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 20:1-16. While Jesus sees no wrongdoing in giving generously, the workers who felt entitled to receive more, strongly complained. This dialogue was then turned into a question for the 2017 WDP theme - “Am I Being Unfair to You?”