St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings & News for 20 March 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Lent
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The Weekly Sheet
The Weekly Sheet has news and information and the
Readings, Collect and Post Communion Prayer in it for this Sunday.
Please can we ask if you have any Church queries, correspondence or requests, they can be directed to the Church office on 567119 or email us at the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as we possibly can. Thank you.
Now that all Covid restrictions have been lifted in England it’s your own personal choice as to whether you wear a face covering in church or not. We have now resumed standing to sing the hymns and at other parts in the service. We are keeping the Communion in one kind for the time-being and are hoping to return to the Common Cup soon. As always, please respect other people’s points of view which may differ from your own. The Wardens and the Clergy would like to thank you for your cooperation over the past two years.
Ladies Afternoon Group
Lent Service Is 24th March in Church at 2pm followed by refreshments in the hall. All welcome. Thank you, Frances and Ann.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for 2022 is on Sunday 08 May 2022 at 12 noon at St Mary’s followed by a Bring and Share in the Church Hall. The meeting is open to anyone on the church’s Electoral Roll. At the APCM we will be electing 2 Church Wardens and 5 Members to the PCC. Ahead of the APCM, there will be a Revision of the Electoral Roll from 3rd to 17th April, as this is only a revision, if you are already on the church’s Electoral Roll, there is no need to reapply. All the details and the relevant forms for the Electoral Roll, Church Warden or PCC nomination are available at both churches and can be found bit.ly/apcminfo
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The Lent Encounter 2022
The Lent Encounter is back for 2022!
Encounter Jesus afresh this Lent, as we journey through his life and ministry. We’ll start with his baptism and explore themes such as restoration, teaching the beatitudes and the power of God’s word.
It’s free to sign up and you’ll receive a daily email packed with content.
- Andrew Ollerton takes us on a tour of the Holy Land with videos of places from some of the most significant points of Jesus’ life
- Bible Society staff share personal reflections on themes such as love, rejection, hope and peace
- Prayers and conversation starters for you to reflect on and share with others
- Weekly ‘Wonder Walks’ with a guide to explore God’s word and meditate as you walk
- Go deeper in to God’s word and consider some big life questions along the way
Every Church of England parish is being asked to engage with Living in Love and Faith (LLF) and to send feedback to the Archbishops by the end of April this year.
The purpose of LLF is to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another and offers a variety of ways to learn, reflect and pray together. The five-session course provides a structured and accessible way for groups to learn about and reflect on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
The book takes readers on a journey that begins with reflections on God’s gifts of life, relationships, marriage and learning. A survey of what is happening in the world with regard to identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage is followed by an exploration of how Christians are to understand and respond to these trends in the light of the good news of Jesus Christ. The book then examines the ways in which Christians seek to hear God and how it is that they draw different conclusions.
The book closes with an appeal from the Bishops to join them in discerning a way forward for the church that is open to new vistas on our disagreements and new perspectives on our differences. Commended by the Bishops of the Church of England, it is available to download as a free PDF (bit.ly/LLFfreepdf) and in hardcopy at bit.ly/LLFBuyBook(£19.99)
Revd Mike & Paul are planning to run the 5 week course on Zoom, Monday evenings; 7, 14 & 28 March & 4 April, at 8pm. You can register for the course here: bit.ly/LLF2022.
If you’d like to know more, please speak to Paul or see the Diocesan pages on their website: https://www.chester.anglican.org/outreach/living-in-love-and-faith/