Friday, May 26, 2006

Clay Prayer: Being a Disciple

For as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O House of Israel
Jeremiah 18: 6

Lord God, who creates all things for a reason,
shape us like clay to your purpose, tell us
our true names.
Fire us with the Holy Spirit, in darkness
and in light.
Guide us to the people and places
that can work your will in us.
For we are ready, Lord,
to be made your servants and your disciples
in Christ's name.


Prayer from Jane Holland, Warwickshire

Don't forget, the weekly meetings at Elizabeth House, Flecknoe, are continuing at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings, where you can follow a US-devised course entitled 'Being a Disciple: Counting the Real Cost.' These weekly meetings are being led by one of our new church members, Ann Absolom, who first suggested the idea and is now organising the course.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Christian Aid Week - please do give GENEROUSLY!

It's that time of the year again when you get the little red and white envelopes through your letter box and later someone should come round to collect them from you, hopefully filled with cash etc. But although it's only one week out of the year when Christian Aid is visible on your doorstep, the work of Christian Aid goes on 365 days of the year, year in, year out.

Christian Aid helps the world's poorest communities grow their own way out of poverty. Their motto for this Christian Aid Week: You add. We multiply. And you can see for yourself, with their 'multiplier machine' how Christian Aid uses your donations to invest in things that grow to help communities for years to come.

Visit Christian Aid online to see how your money is helping people in need around the world, by clicking Christian Aid.

Your donations can go a long way:

£7 / €10
pays the monthly salary of a teacher in Bangladesh

£19 / €28
can buy a sheep in Bolivia

£57 / €82
can buy a hive and train a beekeeper in the DR Congo

And, of course, much much more! So please do give generously this Christian Aid week ... or all year round, if you like, by visiting their site (link above) and seeing how your continuing donations can help.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Join us for monthly Monday meetings, starting 8th May.

Although there will be no services at St. Mark's for a few months, the Flecknoe PCC have arranged for monthly meetings of one hour approximately, to take place over the summer to ensure we don't lose touch with each other. The meetings will start on Monday 8th May. Subsequent meetings will be June 12th and 10th July. There will be no meeting in August.

The first meeting will be at 7.30pm at Hillcrest House, Flecknoe, Monday 8th May. We will be discussing why church attendance across all denominations is continuing to diminish, with reference to a recent ecumenical survey looking at statistics and possible reasons for this decline. Discussion will be informal and anyone is welcome to come along.

For more information, please contact our churchwarden, Andrew Grant, on 01788 891076.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

'Being a Disciple': a six week course

You are invited to a six week Bible study course from the U.S. entitled 'Being a Disciple: Counting the Real Cost'.

The first meeting is on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm and is being held at Elizabeth House, Flecknoe, by one of our new church members, Ann Absolom, who suggested and is organising the course herself.