St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 21 March 2021 – Lent 5
The Weekly Sheet is back!
As before, it contains service times, readings for the week & news & information. It will be available weekly on here and in print in church. We are keeping this Blog for larger items that won’t easily fit on the Weekly Sheet and we will signpost to these from the printed sheet.
Lent Group and Resources
Zoom Lent Group
Monday at 7:30pm: 22 & 29 March
Join Revd Mike on Zoom Monday evenings in March as we think about
‘God’s Story, Our Story‘
You can download the course here
Please click here to view more info on all the resources including resources for young people.
Reopening St Luke’s & St Mary’s in March
Both St Luke’s and St Mary’s will reopen for worship on Sunday 21 March.
A booking system is in place for Sunday Worship for the time being. Please see the image or click here for details of how to book.
Face coverings and Social distancing will still be in place until the government say it’s safe not to. Please see the link above for further Covid-19 details re attending worship.
Funerals this past week
Funerals still to take place
23 March is the National Day of Reflection, a time to stand with our local communities and pause for a minute at noon. There are resources being added to the Church of England (bit.ly/ndreflection) website.
Hearts to Remember
Perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18
A year on since the 1st Covid-19 lockdown and St Mary’s & St Luke’s we think it is important to think about this difficult time. To remember the people who have died and the wonderful people who have helped us, people like doctors and nurses, our neighbours, and our families.
We believe that God’s perfect love drives out all fear, and that those people who have helped us have shown how love is stronger than fear.
We are inviting you to colour in a heart, make it as colourful and patterned as you like. As you do this you might like to think of someone you want to say thank you for, someone who has supported you. Or colour a heart for someone you love but have lost during the year. We would like to fill the windows of St Mary’s Church Hall with hearts as a sign of thanks and hope.
We want as many hearts as possible so you can make as many as you like. Please post your coloured hearts in the Church Letterbox at the Church Hall or St Luke’s or at the Rectory (104 Church Lane).
A message from our Branch Leader, Jenny
Hello everyone, we are still in lockdown but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, we will be able to meet again soon at our branch meetings.
In some ways during the past year, we have been like our members who are in the Indoor Members Circle, thinking and praying for each other. Here is a brief history of that circle – it was started in 1921 by Mrs Edith Lucy Mosse for anyone who couldn’t take part in the activities of their branch, but who still supported the work of the Mothers’ Union. She was it’s first Central Correspondence.
In 1891 Edith married the Rev William Mosse, their first parish was in Redditch, Worcestershire. After two years they moved to The Lickey in Birmingham diocese, then in 1914 the family moved to Moseley where soon after she became seriously ill and more of an invalid. Further ill fortune followed when their daughter Mary died, aged 23 years old and Kathleen, another daughter became ill and her husband’s deteriorating health became a problem with his work. Edith realised that as she prayed for others it helped with her own suffering and gave great comfort.
She then submitted a scheme to MU Head Office with the suggestion of praying together could be worthwhile, this lead in 1918 to an experimental group being set up in the Birmingham diocese under the title “”Prisoners of God”, This idea spread to other dioceses and in 1921 was officially incorporated in the MU as the “Invalid Members’ Prayer Circle. By 1928 there were over 1,000 members in 41 dioceses. Edith continued to write for the IMPC until her death in 1943.
By the 1960’s the word invalid in the title was disliked and in 1971 the title was changed to “Indoor Members’ Prayer Circle”. In 1991 prayer leaflets were issued three times a year to IMPC members, the World Wide President sending a letter at Christmas. The leaflets were so popular both with IMPC and branch members, this lead in 2009 becoming the Families Worldwide booklet. IMPC members receiving a letter and card from our World Wide President at Christmas and Easter, this is now being discussed at Mary Sumner House better ways of serving the members.
(This article was written by Shiela Alton, Southwell and Nottingham Area and can be seen in full on the MU website here https://www.mothersunion.org/news/history-indoor-members-prayer-circle)
If members haven’t paid their 2021 subscriptions and still wish to do so please contact me if any help is required.
God be with you all, Jenny
St. Paul’s Centre, Hightown, Crewe. CW1 3BY
Tel: 01270 586186
St Paul’s Foodbank Update
February – Donations of food received weighed 2006kg and we were able to help 212 people. We are currently running low on tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned ham, tinned corned beef, tea bags, rice, long life cakes/puddings, and tins/cartons of custard. We are open Mon to Fri between 9.30am and 3.30pm for donations at our rear entrance.
Church at Home Resources for all ages
There are resources for Lent for all the family on our Lent Resources Page: Click here
Together @ Home Resources
Faith at Home from the Church of England
This is a great resource for families to keep their children’s faith alive at this time.
Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click Here to go to the Faith at Home website.
A bitesize Bible experience from the Ollerton Family
Through 15 minute sessions explore famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and discover how we can be part of it today. Simple to run. Fun. Free. No prior knowledge required. This family devotional course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home. https://thegreateststoryever.org
The Bible Society Bible Book Club
This is a fantastic free resource that we’ve used for some of the Midweek Get Togethers and is great for personal use to discover more about the books of the bible. Please take a look at the video and click here to find out more.