Newsletter 28th June

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Sunday 28th June

We’re finally open! Join us, if you can, and spend time in personal prayer in the Church building that has meant so much to you. At the moment, we’re open from 4pm to 6pm each day, as it says on our massive noticeboard in Mile End Road. We’re telling the whole community, including through our website and Facebook, and we encourage each one of us to tell our friends & neighbours.

 

You’ll have heard the announcement that it will soon be possible to resume Church services – we’re awaiting more information on that, including rules on distancing and other measures, and we’ll be delighted to let you know as soon as decisions are made! In the meantime, let’s make the most of our online services, and stay in contact with all our Church friends until we can all meet up in person.

 

 

Sunday worship

So for the moment our Sunday services will continue on Zoom. Many have found it helpful to be taking part in a relaxed setting, and that seeing everyone’s faces makes it much more of a shared worship experience. It’s good that we can even sing as well as pray, hear God’s word and listen to a talk. Join us this Sunday; we’ll be ‘open’ at about 10am, in good time to greet others before the service starts at 10:15am. The numbers are the same – see the box on the left. You might even like to print the details to put on your fridge or in your diary – the file is attached.

 

Bible Study in the afternoon and evening this Thursday

We’ve just started a new weekly Bible Study on Thursdays, and this week it’s at 2:30pm and 7:30pm on the usual zoom numbers. If you’re at work or visiting the family during the day, then the evening may suit you best to spend an hour with God’s Word and God’s people. But for some, the afternoon is more convenient – feel free to make your choice. We’re also giving everyone a wide choice of topics to choose from, so the afternoon and evening sessions may well be very different.    ….Here’s an idea: come to both!

 

 

Prayer Service Sheet no.5

Doesn’t time fly? Ray compiles a Service Sheet every few weeks to help us with our daily prayers – and he’s already up to number 5! The next one starts on Sunday, and it can be found on the prayer page. We hope you find it helpful; do tell us if you have any suggestions for us.

 

 

Stewardship – an urgent letter

Also attached is an ardent plea from Ray, which is echoed by the Churchwardens and PCC. The closure of the Church and Halls due to Covid-19 is having a drastic effect on our finances, which are now critical. Please read Ray’s letter prayerfully, and kindly respond as God leads. We thank everyone who has continued to support the work of St. Michael’s and Christian mission in the Parish of Myland in so many ways.  The letter can be found here: /content/pages/documents/1593158122.pdf

 

Bag2School will collect from the Halls on 16th July

You’ll have heard that the Borough’s recycling services are back to normal now - except for textiles! So if you have any good quality (not stained or ripped) adults’ & children’s clothes, paired shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags or soft toys, bring them to Myland Parish Halls on any Wednesday or Thursday (until 15th July) between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Unfortunately, bedding, curtains, towels, household linen, bric-a-brac or school uniforms cannot be accepted. Do help – this makes money for the Church!

 

Hayward’s Hope

Last Sunday’s weekly video from the Hayward family was an inspiration to us all. Mum and Dad led a wonderful time of worship and reflection, and on Fathers’ Day it was a delight to see all the children taking part in leading worship. And it was a blessing for us to receive words of blessing from David at the end! What could be in store this week? The video will premiere on YouTube here at 9:30am on Sunday.

 

And finally…. A reflection, by Revd Sarah Hayward

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

“Renewing” doesn’t always mean starting anew, or afresh, or starting over.  It can mean looking at the old concept in a new way. Take for example, our own “church worship”.  If you’re like me, you immediately think of Sunday morning in a church building.  We worry about numbers dwindling, and depleted rotas and enter a downward spiral. But what if we look to where numbers are growing?  Church Mice.  There were so many children at the Christmas party that it brought tears to leaders’ eyes! And what do they sing every week?

“We love to be church mice;

we love to be church mice.

Yes we do, yes we do,

we love to be church mice. 

I know that God loves me;

I know that God loves me.

Yes I do, yes I do

I know that God loves me” 

Is that not entirely appropriate worship for pre-schoolers?  Is that not preaching the Gospel albeit in a very truncated way? Now I realise of course that this pattern of worship will not satisfy the majority of us!  But if Church Mice is a growing act of worship, then God is blessing it, so what can we learn from it?  What vision and strategy comes into play?

  1. The volunteers really believe in this model. 
  2. They have tailor-made everything (layout, activities, dates and times etc) with their chosen and beloved people group in mind.
  3. It brings the volunteers joy as well as the guests.
  4. It is thoughtfully, carefully and lovingly prepared for the guests
  5. It gives the simple message that every parent and child most needs to hear – they are loved.
  6. The message is not just sung but embodied

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice … this is your true and proper worship”.  So is the true worship what we do on Sunday morning?  And/Or is the true worship what we give on Monday morning? 

Yours in His name,

Ray, Hazel, Sarah, John, Lesley, Jill, Sarah

 

Sarah King

Office Administrator
01206 855040

Office Hours 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday
office@mylandchurch.org.uk
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