Friday 18 September 2020
Dear Church Family,
As the weekend approaches and with excellent weather predicted, I hope and pray that you have a really lovely weekend break. On our day off on Thursday, Kirstie and I (and Archie, the dog) did a circular walk from The Bull at Stanford Dingley taking in the Pang Valley with beautiful views and an incredible variety of countryside. I realised again how blessed we are in the UK with our almost unique network of footpaths which gives so much access to the land and nature, which is so restorative, both physically and spiritually.
Do join us on Sunday morning for what I’m sure will be a joyful 10am online. We have music from Emma, Martin, Mitch and Martha as well as the Cheeky Pandas. The vicar gets theological with a box of fruit (in a light-hearted way), and Ian shares more of the new life we have in Christ from 1 Peter. And if you’re not on a circular walk in the countryside, do join us for the 11am Tea/Coffee Zoom – I love catching up with you!
Grace and peace for this weekend,
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All our school teachers who are under huge pressure, teaching under current conditions as well as dealing with covid positive cases at school
All our health workers who are facing increased pressure with the rise in infections whilst trying to provide crucial non-covid related healthcare
Those facing unemployment as the furlough scheme runs out soon
Leaders in every sphere, having to make difficult decisions at this time
THE WEEK’S DIARY
Sunday 10.00am Sunday Online
11.00am Zoom Tea/Coffee chat Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 850 5011 8785
3.00pm Prayer walk from St Matthew’s car park
4.00pm Informal gathering at church
Monday 7.45pm PCC Meeting in church
Tuesday 1.00pm Post-Alpha Course in the church
Monday & all week 8.00pm Prayer Meeting over Zoom
Meeting ID: 601 586 1513
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion in the church
Sunday 27th 10.00am Sunday Online - family service
11.00am Zoom Tea/Coffee chat
11.45am Holy Communion in the church
3.00pm Prayer walk from St Matthew’s car park
4.00pm Informal Gathering at the church
10.00am | Sunday online | followed by our 11am tea/coffee Zoom chat - click on this link
Email us or phone 0118 954 79 62 to obtain password.
4.00pm | Informal gathering at St Matthew's
A lovely time of sharing together, music, prayer, and word.
Everybody welcome - socially distanced.
10 Days of Prayer
Sat. 19 - Mon. 28 September 2020
Join us as we pray together for our town and our world
10 Minutes of Prayer - 19-28 September 7:45am - Zoom (joining details to follow)
Global Virtual Prayer Room | Saturday 19 to Monday 28 September 8-9am - Zoom
We are joining with cities around the world in a virtual global 24-hr prayer room throughout the 10 days. We are hosting 8-9am every morning, and we’d love you to join us then, or you can be part of the zoom at any time of day or night. To register, email email@example.com.
10 Minutes at Lunchtime - weekdays 12:20-12:30pm - Zoom
Reading at Work are leading 10 minutes of prayer at 12:20pm every weekday lunchtime during the 10 days. See their website for details.
Town Centre Prayer Room
We will have a prayer room open in Abbey Baptist Church 12-2pm every day. This will be in the main sanctuary and will comply with current social distancing guidelines. All are welcome.
Music and Worship in the town centre
Live worship and ‘Music for Healing’ outside the Minster during the 10 Days. More details soon.
Prayer walk - Sundays 20th and 27th September, 3 to 4pm, starting at Abbey Gate
Be part of a facilitated prayer walk around the town centre.
10 Minutes in the Evening - Saturday 19 to Monday 28 September 9:45pm - Zoom
Since Pentecost we have been discovering together the power of a daily rhythm of 10 minutes of prayer. Join with us at 9:45pm each evening to pray. Zoom ID 773 5067 2540.
Reading at Work are hosting a webinar "Why pray for your workplace?" Mon 21 September 7:30pm
At any time...
Why not pray walk around your neighbourhood or workplace or in the town centre; maybe use your lunchtime, or pray as you walk your dog? Let's cover our town in prayer!
10 Minutes for Reading
Join in by taking 10 minutes to pray together in your small group or organisation during the 10 days, perhaps during an existing prayer meeting.
Sign up for the global 10 Days 'Consecration Challenge' – e.g. fast from food at some level; take time off work to focus on seeking God; take #10days off from social media and entertainment; devote 10 days to prayer, worship, and repentance with families and other believers.
www.10daysofprayer.info | Facebook 10daysreading | Email firstname.lastname@example.org