This Sunday, in our 10:30am live streamed service, we will be starting a new series based on the Leigh Russell Memorial Panel which hangs on the north wall of the church. It was dedicated by the Bishop of Ripon on 17 July 1991 in memory of Leigh Russell, a member of this church from 13 January 1974 to 10 August 1990. You can read more about the panel on our website. Jan Betts will be leading us in our thoughts on the central panel “The Kingdom of God is like a leaven“.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent but also is Student Sunday. Emma Temple will be thinking about Lent being an opportunity to set reminders for ourselves to deepen our relationship with God by stepping into the unknown, and carry on learning throughout our faith journey. She will be supported – virtually – by members of the Inclusive Christian Movement group at Leeds University with readings from Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15.
Here is the service sheet we will be using during Lent:
This Sunday is Candlemas, the day when the church traditionally remembers the presentation of baby Jesus at the temple – you can read the story in Luke 2:22-40
Heston and Lydia will be leading us in worship and in the fourth of our six week series, “God With Us” Katherine-Alice will be looking at “God with us, through our senses”. Our readings will be from Genesis 8:15-21 and Matthew 8:1-4. You can follow the order of service on our service sheet.
Do join us on Facebook Live at 10:30am on Sunday. There will be a cafe Zoom after the service, details will be shared via the Facebook chat.
On Sunday at our 10:30am meeting on Facebook Live we will be celebrating the “Feast of Epiphany” which is actually on the 6th January. Epiphany means manifestation or appearance, at Epiphany we celebrate God revealing themself to all people. We will be listening to the Christmas story through the eyes of different participants in order to see God bursting in to ordinary lives in AHA! moments. We will be having Bible extracts around Isaiah 9, Matthew 1 and 2, Luke 1 and 2 and also listen out for various carol lines!
Then they will look towards the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness. Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress…..
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
On Sunday morning in our worship service at 10:30am on Facebook Live we will be looking back over the past year, and offering the coming year to God with the help of our annual Discipleship MOT – which really warrants a bit more time than 15 minutes on a Sunday morning! So here is your invitation to give God the gift of half an hour (or more!) and a cup of tea or coffee and these questions below.
In what ways has your spiritual life matured and developed in the last year?
What ministry / relationships / experiences have changed you?
What are the positive or negative factors in your relationship with God?
What are the things that keep you walking close to Jesus?
What have been the most difficult or testing times over the last year? What have those times taught you?
Think of one or two major highlights. Why were these important?
In what ways do you feel God has been equipping you to serve Her/Him?
Looking ahead to the next year, are there aspects of your life that you would like to be different? If so, what are they?
Do you feel ready for or excited by the prospect of new challenges in your walk with Jesus in the coming year?
The liturgy for our services for Christmas and Epiphany is available below:
This Sunday is Advent Sunday, the first Sunday in the church calendar and our APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) or as we like to think of it, the Annual Party for Church Members which has been much delayed due to the pandemic. We will be reflecting on the past year, celebrating God working in and through us, and making some important decisions about the year ahead.
Our worship service will be on Facebook Live at 10:30am as usual followed by the APCM on Zoom at 11.30-12.15pm. If you haven’t received the annual report or the link to the Zoom meeting by email then please contact us via the website contact page. Heston says “It’s a party so bring cake y’all!”