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Update: Thursday 31st March 2022    Printable version

Dear brothers and sisters

Life 22
It is still worth thinking, praying and acting when it comes to last-minute invitations to next week’s events. I’m finding now that people have the flyers through the door and can see them on our website, it’s easier to invite someone to come to a particular event with me – and the Whatsapp individual invites for each particular meeting are great! Don’t restrict yourself to the ones happening in Bathampton. I’m looking forward to the car journey together with a guest to North Bradley, which will give more opportunity to chat than if we just met at the venue.
Many thanks for all the work of those helpful people organising the venue and hosting for the Bathampton meetings.
Don’t forget on Sunday 10th April, our service is not 10.45am but 4.00pm.
 
Our annual church meeting will be held at 4 pm on 24th April 2022. We will be electing 3 members of PCC. Anyone intending to stand should submit a nomination form before the meeting.

The Communion Cup has become a source of worry for many following the risk of a highly infectious virus. On the other hand, our Lord Jesus commands “Drink this, all of you” and “do this in remembrance of me”. As we eat bread and drink wine together, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The temporary measure of dipping a wafer in the cup has been a substitute for actually drinking but not entirely satisfactory for the longer term. Many non-Anglican churches have individual cups, but our tradition values the common cup for all the people as an expression of our unity as the Body of Christ. To honour this, on Sunday we will have all the wine in one flagon for the thanksgiving prayer, then pour it into individual wine glasses. If you are receiving Communion, you will then be handed a glass containing a little wine, rather than the cup to sip from. Please drink it all and hand the empty glass back. We will also be restoring the pattern of several of us kneeling or standing at the rail together, rather than coming up one at a time and standing.
 
Coffee will be served after the 10.45am service rather than before, from Easter Day onwards. We still need a few more members of the team to prepare, serve and wash up. Would you be able to serve in that way?
 
The 1045 Service  this Sunday 3rd April includes a sermon on Matthew 27:27-44.
 
The Evening Service is 6.00pm (BST!) on Sunday 3rd April: Evening Prayer (Common Worship) with the theme “The Lord is Rich in Love.” John 13:1-17
 
Congratulations to Peter and Andy Lloyd-Williams, married 60 years ago today; to Philip and Elizabeth Clissold whose Diamond Wedding Anniversary was last week, and to Victoria Shepherd and Duncan Ferguson getting married this Saturday at 1pm!
 
Here is a repeat of some notices previously announced.

Life ‘22
Keep inviting folk to the events every evening of 4-9 April, the Breakfast on 9th and the Guest Service on 10th. You can see from the flyer (or our website) that there are four events for us and our guests here in Bathampton, 2 in North Bradley, and 2 in Oldfield Park. Maybe some of us can go to all eight. Whether we can, or can make it to only two or three, the best way to make the most of the opportunity is probably to have a look at the programme and think about it from both directions:
  • For each of the people I most want to introduce to Jesus, which event will be best for them?
  • For each event in the programme, who can I think of that I could invite to that?
The evening events will all take the form of a chat-show interview by Roger Carswell of the person featured, followed by his presentation of the Gospel connected to issues raised. It is intended for people who are not yet convinced about Jesus or committed to him. Those of us who are, whether or not we have guests, should also find it encouraging and worthwhile.
 
As well as the flyer and our website, we have some invitations that can be shared via WhatsApp (in order to forward both the image and the caption, you need to select the message, click the 3 dots in the top right of your screen and then choose 'share', just pressing 'forward' will send the image on its own). If you'd like these sent to you, please message Anna on 07725 053330 and say who you are and which invitation(s) you'd like.
 
Accommodation for a young man
Might you have space for a paying lodger? PCC is currently recruiting a new Intern to start in September, and has budgeted to pay a modest salary. We are interviewing a young man and would like to help him find suitable accommodation if appointed.  A similar need may arise for another young St Nick’s man who may also be looking for accommodation in September. If you have any ideas please contact me (Jonty).

Help with Zoom
If you can’t come to services on site and struggle to join online, please don’t suffer in silence and miss out. If you are on Zoom, you can type in the Zoom Meeting ID: 894 5345 2295. Some people find it much easier to click a link without having to open Zoom first. Here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453452295. If you would like this to be emailed to you at 10.00am every Sunday, to save you having to remember where you put it, please reply to this email “zoom link reminder please” and we’ll add your email address to the list of special weekly invitations.
If all that gets you a bit flustered and what you really need is a human being to help you, rather than instructions on a screen, please ask and we’d love to send someone round in the flesh.
 
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