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We are taking every precaution to protect against coronavirus. All surfaces, door handles and handrails are sanitised. Hand gel is available in church.  If you have any concerns, please do let us know. Thanks. 

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Dear friends,

Gift and Kathryn Asiku, mission partners in Uganda, shared this Bible verse from Hebrews chapter 6 on the front of their recent prayer card. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19). As we continue to navigate choppy waters, the hope we have in Jesus is an anchor for our souls. The theme of sailing through choppy waters also links with our Livestream All Age Service this Sunday – please do join us at 10 am.

6pm Service
This weekend is the first worship service back in the church on Sunday evening at 6pm. It will of course feel a bit different from normal, but Luke and I have specifically designed the format of the service so (hopefully!) it works well within the current guidelines about what we can and cannot do. It will last no more than an hour and we will be teaching an overview of the book of Isaiah through August as we hear challenges and encouragements from the Word about staying faithful. There will be plenty of music in the service but no singing (not out loud anyway!) and there will be time and space to pray and reflect as we meet with God together. All the guidelines are on the front page of the church website.

Face Masks
The latest Government announcement means that wearing face masks will be mandatory in churches from next weekend. We do also advise those booked in for this Sunday to wear them this weekend.

Virtual Ventures
A group of our young people were booked in to attend the Haywards Heath (11-14s) and Brambletye (15-18s) CPAS Ventures this summer. Unfortunately these have not been able to go ahead as planned, but instead they are running virtual ventures this week. Luke is part of the leadership for this and a number of our youth will be connecting. Please pray for a great time in spite of the restrictions in place!

Tearfund Coronavirus Emergency Appeal
If you would like the opportunity to give to the global response to coronavirus, you might like to do so through the Tearfund Appeal. Tearfund’s work particularly provides help for poorer countries where people may be facing this crisis without access to adequate healthcare or living in communities where social-distancing and hygiene is a challenge.
https://www.tearfund.org/en/latest/coronavirus_emergency_appeal/

A Changing Situation…
We are continually reviewing the things we are doing as a church to best serve and support church members and our community through this time. If you have any comments or feedback about any of it, please do get in touch.

Here are a few of the details about what’s happening for August:

  • Open Church sessions will be only on Wednesday mornings and no longer on Saturdays since we are now opening the church at the weekend for the 6 pm service
  • Coffee and Chat on zoom after the 10 am service will not be happening this month as there seems to be less demand for this now with other opportunities to meet with people
  • Communion will continue to be celebrated on zoom once-a-month at 11 am on the third Sunday of the month
  • Prayer meeting themes will be included within the time of prayer at our evening services



Also coming up this month…
Christianity Explored online: Tuesday 4 August (and then weekly on Tuesday evenings)
Youth Group kayaking: Friday 14 or Saturday 15 August
Cake Connections: Monday 17 August
The Rock restarts: Sunday 6 September

YouTube
The church YouTube channel has all the videos and livestreams from recent months available. In particular, Malcolm Francis has now created two playlists on the channel for easy access to the midweek messages from Isaiah 40 and the All Age Services if you have missed any of these and would like to catch up.

I think that’s all for now!

For those booked in for Sunday evening, we look forward to seeing you then. And for all of us, don’t forget to book your place for the following Sunday at 6pm if you would like to come.

With love to you all,

Mark


Prayer For Each Day

Dear Lord: As I live my life as your servant today, help me to be open with others about my
faith in you. Lead me to those people you are calling to come back to you and help me in
some way to encourage them to do so. Amen.

Saturday 1st August We pray for those distressed in mind and heart due to loss of loved ones, job loss, financial problems, disappointment due to cancelled hopes and plans, and for those finding it ever more difficult to remain “shut-in”.  We pray for families as the “holidays” start; we pray for patience, understanding and a positive attitude for all age groups.

Sunday 2nd August Dear Lord: As I live my life as your servant today, help me to be open with others about my faith in you. Lead me to those people you are calling to come back to you and help me in some way to encourage them to do so. Amen.

Prayers 02 – 07 August:

Dear Lord: As I live my life as your servant today, help me to be open with others about my
faith in you. Lead me to those people you are calling to come back to you and help me in
some way to encourage them to do so. Amen.

Monday Give thanks for our Sunday services especially the opportunity to meet in church
yesterday evening. In these difficult times, help us to know how best to reach out to those
who need to hear your teachings

Tuesday We continue to pray for the government and its advisors as they lead this nation
through the coronavirus pandemic and try to manage its effect on our health, wellbeing and
economy

Wednesday We are in the midst of school holidays but our mission for our children and
youth continues! We pray for the team lead by Tim as it provides activities and teaching to
our younger church members.

Thursday Pray for people in countries where their health services are less sophisticated than
our own and where social distancing is not easily achieved. In particular we pray for the
work being done by Iain in Sierra Leone and especially for his own health at this time

Friday Continue to pray for those who work for the NHS, in care homes and in essential
services in this country - that they may receive the protection and support that they require
to do their jobs effectively and safely

Saturday Pray for our services tomorrow and especially for those responsible for putting
them together and for managing the technology that they depend upon



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