Our harvest celebration this year supported Farm Africa, which is aiming to boot out hunger.
Farm Africa reduces poverty in eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more.
We decorated our church with wellies filled with flowers.
We are raising money to build an extension to our church in Harmans Water Square. We call the project St Paul’s Community Hub. It will improve our facilities so that they are better suited to our community: for people who find stairs difficult, those attending our children’s activities, our community Drop-In, or our Coffee Mornings with outside stalls. This all costs a lot of money so we’re busy fund-raising.
We would like to invite people to help by joining our sponsored activity fortnight to get us all motivated for the end of lockdown. You can do whatever you want, whether it is a Sir Tom, run 5K, chair based exercises, or anything else, no matter how whacky.
Fill in the registration form here, and you will receive a sponsor form. To find out more about the project, click here.
Thanks in anticipation.
On Sunday 8 November, a short socially distanced outdoor service of remembrance is planned to be held in the courtyard at St Paul’s Church, The Square, Harmans Water starting at 10.45am. All are welcome. However due to the latest restrictions this may have to be an online service, This page will be updated on Thursday 5 November when the restrictions have been finalised.
Remembrance poster 2020
On Sunday 25th October, St Paul’s held its annual Commitment for Life Service, which was led by Revd Kevin Snyman. A video of the service can be found here.
Commitment for Life is the United Reformed Church’s global justice programme. It is a way local congregations are enabled to participate in actions for justice around the world by pray, action and giving. Commitment for Life partners with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now and focus on four regions around the world:-
- Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala).
Recently, I have been trying to devote a bit more time to Bible-reading, starting with selected extracts from the book of Ezekiel. I wonder, how much of Ezekiel you have read? It is a rather strange apocalyptic style book. Ezekiel experiences a number of
powerful visions of God in all glory, which affect him deeply. But it is quite heavy going, and full of strange imagery, hence my decision to read selected extracts!
The overarching theme of the book concerns the relationship between God and his people. A priest and a prophet, Ezekiel was living in exile in Babylon, denouncing Jerusalem’s poor moral and spiritual life, but at the same time offering hope for the future. The prophet foresees God’s kingdom established in perfect form.
I feel this is a timely theme for us in our times today. We need to be Kingdom people, willing to heed a prophetic voice. Recently, crowds have taken to the streets expressing concerns over racial justice. And the government has been obliged to yield to Marcus Rashford’s campaign to offer more help to children growing up in poverty.
In the midst of this, and other news stories, God speaks through the prophet: ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’
I pray that God will put a new heart and a new spirit in all of us to help us to move forward in faith and in trust.
Your friend and Minister, Anthea