During Lent 2017 our three cell groups were joined by a few extra people as we explored together the Diocesan strategy and its impact for our South Leightonstone group of parishes. On each of five sessions we took one of the strategy’s “levers of change” and looked at it in the context of a set scripture: (1) Nurture a confident people of God; (2) Develop healthy churches and leaders; (3) Serve the local community; (4) Re-imagine our buildings; and (5) Target support to key areas.
The material provoked some very interesting discussions, and some good ideas and suggestions were put forward. To try to pull these together, the leaflets invited a personal response on the back page. If you were in one of the groups please do consider putting some of your thoughts down on the paper and getting it back to me.
Click on the “Ely2025” link on the left menu to see and download the leaflets with their feedback forms.
This Wednesday (1st March 2017) is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent. According to ancient tradition the period of forty days before Easter is observed as a time of fasting and penitence. There are two services in the benefice on Ash Wednesday when you are invited to participate in communion and to receive, if you wish, the Imposition of Ashes. This involves coming forward to have the sign of the cross made on your forehead with ash made from the burning of last year’s palm crosses, and reminds us of our own mortality and the need to assess what is really important in our lives.
This is a five-Sunday month, so as usual we have one single united 10.45 am service that day. This month we are at Tilbrook All Saints for a Group Eucharist with Rev Nicki Bland.
This Sunday 22nd January 2017 sees the launch of our new monthly 5pm Prayer & Praise service at St James’. Following the success of Messy Church over the last six months we’ve had requests for a complementary service mainly for adults. So now it’s Messy Sunday on the Second Sunday of the month, and P&P on the fourth. Come and join us!
Happy New Year! Regular activities including Housegroups, Jimmy’s and the 9:37 all start NEXT week – w/c 8th January