Vicar's update 18th FebruarySteve Newbold  2017 web2

Half Term seems to have come around quickly this year.  A number of people are away and we hope that you have a good time.  For those who are around, church life continues as normal.
Yesterday we continued our series looking at worship and Sam Sanya preached on ‘How we should worship’.  You can listen to his talk here.  Next Sunday (24th) I will be speaking about Holy Communion.  Also, on Sunday evening we have Open to God when Chris Willis will be speaking about living life to the full.
Thank you to those who have already completed a new Electoral Roll form – do keep them coming.   This year we have to undertake a complete renewal so everyone needs to complete a fresh application form by the end of March but the sooner we can get this done the better. 
Lent is just around the corner and we will begin on Ash Wednesday (6th March) with said Communion services at 9.30am and 8pm.  We would like to encourage those who are not already doing something like reading the Bible in a Year to consider reading the whole of the New Testament in a year starting this Lent.  The principle is simple and involves reading one chapter a day for five days each week.  We have called it 5x5x5 (5 days a week, 5 minutes to read, 5 ways to dig deeper).  Resources to facilitate this will be issued on Sunday and we hope that lots of us will want to take part.
Finally, please remember that the Bishop of London is visiting us on Sunday 10th March at 10.30am.  The service is for the Whole Church and will combine liturgy from the 9am service in the style of the 10.30am with a mix of hymns and songs.  There will not be any children or young people’s groups that day but a self-service Crèche will be available.   Café will precede the service from 10am and wine and nibbles served afterwards.  For any who simply can’t make this important service we will have said Morning Prayer at 9am.

Have a good week and I look forward to seeing you soon.