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A Winter letter

 

As the new year begins and we look forward to the arrival of Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond as the new Priest-in-charge there are other new beginnings in the Church of England.

An updated website has been launched that you might want to have a look at www.churchofengland.org. A lot of research has gone into this site to make it user friendly and to help Christians grow in faith. It is simple to navigate with a good search engine. There is a section called Our faith that explains Christianity in an engaging way with new videos and Faith in action films that bring to life the missional work of the Church. There is also a streamlined Prayer and worship section, and a new Life events section that clearly explains baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals as well as vocations. Finally there is a new A Church Near You section making it easier to find your local church.

I have just discovered www.soulfood.me and I used the daily reflections through Advent and Christmas. Other useful websites are www.rejesus.co.uk and also at www.churchofengland.org you can access daily services or download the free Daily Prayer app.

In the Autumn we ran a START! Course which was a great place to ask questions and find some answers. Other similar short courses are Alpha and Pilgrim. Have a look at www.alpha.org/try or www.pilgrimcourse.org. Regular discussion groups and events during the week are good places to meet others and explore worship, prayer and faith such as Messy Church.

My hope and prayer is that all of these websites will help Christians to grow in faith and give those exploring Christianity the opportunity to know the love of Jesus Christ in their lives.

Away from the technology, as we step out into the new year, full of new opportunities and possibilities, please don’t forget that there is always a warm welcome awaiting you here at All Saints’.

 

Every blessing,

Kate

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A Prayer

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your might power;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen