Monday 19th April
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord and bless his name; tell out his salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:1-2)
Singing, the thing we long for now, perhaps more than ever! It is not until something is taken away from us, or temporarily suspended in this case, that we really understand what it means to us, how much we love it and how necessary it is.
Singing, whether in the shower, on stage or in church, brings us alive. We feel our spirit soar and our mood lift and we can feel united, both with others and with something higher, which some of us will name as the Lord.
Soon we shall surely once again be allowed to sing together with others, and not just on a screen, but for real, with real people. Never again will we take this wonderful experience and expression of the human spirit for granted, having glimpsed a world without it.
Christian Aid Week - 10th to 16th May 2021
Here is a link to this year's fundraising page.https://www.justgiving.com/
fundraising/cawbig?utm_source= Sharethis&utm_medium= fundraising&utm_content= cawbig&utm_campaign=pfp-email& utm_term= 5f87d56c73df487187c842b14d0b35 cb. Please share and help spread the word.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure and any donation is sent directly to Christian Aid.
Our target this year is £3,000 and an article will appear in future editions of the Benenden magazine
Many thanks for your support.
If you come into church for private prayer please remember: "Hands. Face. Space......and no "mingling"!
Please hand sanitise on entry and exit. Wear a face covering. And maintain 2m social distancing from others not in your household or social bubble at all times....even after the service as you leave....."No mingling!"
And, please, you MUST NOT come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate.
We follow the guidelines issued by the Church of England. If you wish to read these in full, they are available here.
There are prayer resources available as you come into church. (Please take them away with you when you leave if you use them.) If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
RESOURCES for prayer, bible reading and reflection
Direction Finder : TN17 4DL
“Services” and Prayer:
Please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church any day for individual private prayer; prayer resources are available. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
Services:Public worship, in church, recommenced on Easter Sunday.For the remainder of April and for May services are as follows:18th April: 10am St. George's - service link25th April: 8am St. George's, 10am St. Nicholas2nd May: 8am St. Nicholas, 10 am St. George's9th May: 8am St. George's, 10am St. Nicholas13th May Ascension: 7:30pm St. George's16th May: 8am St. Nicholas, 10 am St. George's23rd May: 8am St. George's, 10am St. Nicholas30th May: 8am St. Nicholas, 10 am St. George's
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light,:we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only what you bless will prosper. To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. God bless you. With love, David