Day 11 Journey through Lent by Helen Buchanan

The Power of the Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was now ready to start his mission but he knew he must not travel alone and would need support. This was just as much about practical things like finding somewhere to stay and food to eat, as it was about ensuring he had witnesses for after he had physically left Earth.

So after being baptised and tempted in the desert, Jesus recruited his first 4 disciples, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, then James and his brother John. All were fishermen, knew Jesus well so none of them hesitated to follow Jesus as he declared –

“Come and follow me, and I will send you out to fish people.” Matthew 4. 19

Next Jesus appointed 8 more disciples and he begins teaching in Galilee, the area he grew up in. Very soon Jesus found himself courting controversy in his local Synagogue, annoying the leaders with his knowledge and wisdom. So Jesus moved on and wherever he went he had a profound effect on all who heard him preach.

Soon, people took notice of him , including the Roman Governors, the rulers of Israel’s provinces, and the Jewish leaders. Jesus’ popularity grew but so did jealousy and mistrust from those in authority. But no matter how hard they tried they could not find a reason to arrest him.

It’s a strange thing in human nature how jealousy can turn so quickly to hate. Often people who do good deeds face a backlash and it can be off putting. Onlookers can accuse those who do good deeds of self interest, or having another agenda. If you have ever found yourself in this position, offer what you do to God and ignore your critics. For it is God knows the good intentions of our heart, he misses nothing. God will bless those who genuinely put the needs of others first. God sees everything we do but likewise God sees the things we don’t do too. So this Lent grasp every opportunity you can to help others.

Don’t let the pandemic demotivate us and make us feel there is little we can do as it is not the case. Everyone knows of at least 5 people who would benefit from a chat or a card through their letter box. You yourself may be housebound but your spirit does not have to be.

Church to Reopen

It has been decided that we shall resume services beginning with a Holy Communion Service on Ash Wednesday 17th February at 10.30am (no need to book in for this service)

For the time being, due to the ongoing Pandemic, we shall hold Sunday services only, commencing on 21st February (booking in required, see below). All previous Covid -19 precautions will apply.

A simple said Celebration of Holy Communion will be held at 10.30am each Sunday. For the required Track and Trace purposes and to ensure we have room for you, if you wish to attend you will need to book in advance.

For the safety of others in the congregation, please do not attend if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

Please phone 01625 572645 or mobile 07887 987082 or send an email to jackie.pengelly@hotmail.co.uk to make your booking for yourselves and any members of your household/bubble, anytime from the immediate Monday leading up to the date you wish to attend.

If by any chance, having already booked in, you then find you are no longer able to attend on a given date, please do contact Jackie again to let her know your change of plan and she will then be able to contact anyone else on her waiting list enabling them to be at that service instead of you. Many thanks and stay safe!

  • Lesley Fearnley on Church to ReopenI so thank you for this, truly a blessing in these times Lesley F

Runcorn Church Monday Coffee Morning via Zoom

The lovely folks from St Michael and All Angels, Runcorn invite you to join their zoom Coffee Mornings on Mondays. This is a fabulous opportunity to meet other Christians from across the Diocese for coffee and chat.

More information can be found at

Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Runcorn | Facebook

or at
https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.runcornstmichaels.org.uk%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR14YNfnL22fEdz6dwzmbZVdpCdwJ84T4REzBzRMp1TH_YUV5p_x7wdZQkU&h=AT0iU9A-X76dq-1WhpyXWZo-ALaJM3NOWyC1A_MJdugOhzDIYBfa5TrZuCZE_9bmA39aoU-M2YuNDE4KBnW2v7OXwuqnE1rmm-VlCLwwmWrPJOBx91OcVOx0oYZw-JMy_Jf78kYpS5CPjY0sfHI

New Vicar appointment update

Great news! 🥰 The advertisement for our next incumbent has now been posted onto the Chester Diocesan website under the “Clergy Vacancies” section: ⭐https://www.chester.anglican.org/ ⭐
Please pray for our Archdeacon, our Patron and particularly our two parish representatives tasked with selecting a new Vicar for Bollington and pray for all those priests who are considering applying for the now vacant post 😇 that together they may rightly discern God’s call and that the best choice may be made for the continued thriving of our congregation and local community 🙏

Closing date for applications 07 February 2021; interviews 24 February 2021 🙏

COVID Update regarding Sunday Services from the Church Wardens

Due to the severity of the Pandemic, we have been given permission to suspend all Public Worship until further notice.

On a personal note, if anyone has any content they would like publishing on the Blog, please do get in touch with me. I am currently home schooling 3 children so help with items to add onto this Blog would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks
Liz

Cheshire East Hospice Christmas Tree Collection Cancelled

Message from their Facebook Page

Following announcement of the national lockdown, we are incredibly disappointed to announce that our 2021 Collection can no longer go ahead as planned this weekend. We are so sorry to have had to make this decision, but the safety all those involved must come first.

This is a devastating blow to East Cheshire Hospice after an extremely challenging year for fundraising, having been unable to hold a major fundraising event since the last Christmas Tree Collection in January 2020! 💔

See https://www.facebook.com/echtrees/ for more information.

Thank You from Reverend Veronica and Dave

I just wanted to thank you all so much for the amazingly generous gifts which were presented to Dave and me recently by the Ministry Team at St Oswald’s. It was really lovely to have not only the two current but also three of the former Churchwardens with us on that occasion as well, as the relationship between Vicar and Wardens is such an important one! I certainly feel I am leaving the congregation in very good and capable hands with Christine and Hilary heading up the Team from now on into the vacancy 😊.


We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the cheque we received and were very moved when we were told that contributions had come in not just from members of the congregation but from across the whole parish too! It was indeed very humbling but also lovely to know how much our ministry together here has been appreciated.


The flowers are beautiful, the lavish hamper is delightfully delicious-looking, and the cheque is absolutely stunning! We shall certainly enjoy (probably necessarily post-lockdown!) a fantastic gourmet “weekend” away somewhere splendid, just as you all envisaged 😊. Please convey our warmest thanks to everyone concerned and, needless to say, we shall miss you all as we embark on the unenviable task of seeking out a new place in which to worship on a regular basis from the start of the New Year 😊. It’ll be very hard to find anywhere in which we will feel quite as “at home” as we have here amongst the congregation of St Oswald’s, with its ever-expanding age-range, its sense of fun and common purpose, its dedicated “behind-the-scenes” workforce, its innovative and attractive ministry with children and families, its generous support of charities beyond itself, its sociability and flexibility, its increasingly warm welcome to strangers and friends alike, its care for the elderly and vulnerable, its excellent new facilities for offering hospitality, its willingness through a succession of foundation governors and other volunteers to support and care for local schoolchildren and staff, and its varied pattern of services in the liberal catholic style of worship! Whoever the next Vicar is will certainly be very blessed!

With much love and many thanks,

Veronica & Dave xxx

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