Weekly News 15 Feb

I hope that you are all feeling a little warmer after last weeks big freeze! 

Our news is early this week because, believe it or not, it is Lent already!

When I think back to us gathering in St Matthew’s Hall for our Lent groups last year it feels like a lifetime away; if we knew then that we would find ourselves here now I wouldn’t have believed you!
There are lots of opportunities to engage during Lent, starting with a live-streamed Ash Wednesday service from our Cathedral at 4.30pm.

There are a wide range of resources, books, courses and groups to join whatever age you are.

Why not share our families and schools resources with children in your life? Or our Engine Room resources with young people you know? I’d encourage you to invest in your own spiritual wellbeing at this time – do have a look and see what resonates with you from the resources signposted on our website.

Have a look at our website for more information.

We will start this season of Lent in our online service on Sunday where Graham will be preaching about the Temptations of Lent. Do share the link, subscribe to our youtube channel and like our Facebook page.

Later this week I will be putting up the paper that our Joint PCCs will be discussing tomorrow night on our website. This is an important meeting where we are discussing the future shape of our Team, so do come back to look at that.

Finally, some very good news from Simon and Ruth. They are now beginning to feel stronger, and so from Wednesday this week, Simon will be back to limited duties of just a few hours a day, and will gradually build back up over the coming weeks. Please do continue to pray for them, and thank God for their recovery. 

I know you will show kindness and care, as you have throughout this time.

I thank God for you and ask that God would bless each and every one of you.

Love
Kate

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