Friday 24 January 2020
"When you pray..." Matt. 6: 5-13
This week I read a message from the British evangelist, J John, who pointed out the wealth of our modern-day connectedness with each other compared to the poverty of our connectedness to God.

“The first thing that generations of Christians did when they woke up in the morning was commit themselves to God. Now, I’m afraid, it’s far more common to switch on our phone and check our emails and our social media. Connecting with the world over trivia has replaced connecting with God over the vital and we are all losers.” J John.

He is so right. I know from years of experience that the stronger my prayer life, the greater the joy and peace in day-to-day living. Conversely, the more distracted I am by endless messages, tweets and posts, the more anxious I feel and the less effective I am in ministry. Jesus said “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father…

At our PCC prayer and vision evening on Monday we felt led to put four ‘Church Days of Prayer’ into the diary to encourage the church family to come together and pray, as one way of encouraging us all to grow in our connectedness to our heavenly Father. Please save the date: Wednesday 26th February, when there will be prayer meetings morning, midday and evening to allow as many as possible to participate. You’ll hear more about it over the coming weeks,


With love in Christ,
Pads

Ladies' Morning " The Power of Prayer"
Saturday 8 Feb. |9.30am

Take some time out and join us for a delicious cooked breakfast and uplifting worship as we get together to experience and remind each other of 'The Power of Prayer'. This is a free event, so please bring friends or family, or anyone who is in need of encouragement.

Holiday Club
17 - 21 Feb. |10am-12.15pm

Registration is open for our fun-tastic second Holiday Club of the year. Circus activities galore courtesy of the Oojamaflip Circus Skills Workshop, including plate spinning, juggling and stilt walking. To register and pay, go to www.st-matts.org.uk/holidayclub

Would you like to join us as a helper? Maybe just one morning? Please let Lynn know - click here

In our community

Reading's Pop In's - Spring Programme

Over 50s coffee morning 
Thursday mornings  | 10 to 12pm | Hexagon Cafe
Some weeks with a speaker or other activity
  • 30 Jan| Raffle and quiz
  • 6 Feb| Bingo - £1 for 1 card and £2 for 2 cards
  • 13 Feb | Katie Amos from Reading Library – Talk: History of the Mansion House in Prospect Park
  • 27 Feb | Raffle and book swap
  • 5 Mar | Music and picture quizzes with Mark Bowman
  • 19 Mar | Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) – Understanding hearing loss
  • 26 Mar | Raffle and quiz
  • 9 April | Games morning with cards, board games and boccia
  • 16 April |Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) – History, collections and forthcoming events
  • 30 April | Raffle and quiz
No need to book, just turn up - Further information: 
0118 950 2480 | 
www.ageuk.org.uk/reading

Mothly Rota 

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