With infection rates increasing locally, the decision has been taken to revert to St. Michael's @ 10 online (live streamed from St. Michael's with no congregation present) as of Sunday 3rd January. We appreciate this will be disappointing for those who have enjoyed gathering and hope you will understand our reasoning – to keep us all safe.
Wednesday, 3rd February - 6.00 - 7.30 pm : ONLINE
Online zoom lecture and discussion about mental health. We’re delighted to invite the men of the church and their friends to a talk on mental health. The event will be online by Zoom on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 from 6pm and we are very grateful to Thames Water, who’s Head of Occupational Health, Aimee Cain, will be supporting the event.
If you are interested in this event, please contact Antony Rippon by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up through Churchsuite. Please leave your email address details with Anthony so that he can send you the link for this event a few days beforehand.
These are the latest figures from One Can in relation to the number of people being helped:
In the week to 17/1/21, we supported 571 people, 272 children (48%).
In the week to 17/1/21, parcels were delivered to 242 homes across a range of singles, small families and large families.
In March 2020, the average number of people we were supporting was 225 per week.
We are currently supporting 154% more people compared with pre-COVID times. In other words, we're supporting 2.54 times as many people as we were.
The approximate value of food parcels that were distributed in December was £49,150.
Wants and Needs
One Can are continuing to concentrate on the following needs:
UHT milk; Tinned fruit; Tinned meat pies; Tinned potatoes; Rice (500g); Healthy cereals (e.g. Weetabix and porridge); Cooking sauce (not tomato); Jams and spreads (e.g. peanut butter and Marmite); Sugar; Food suitable for vegetarians; Small bottles of olive oil (to go in with the recipe bags)
Just to let you know that we are also now putting into the bags fresh fruit and veg as well as bread, eggs and recipe bags (for families - with the ingredients) along with all the tins and packet food so that the clients receive really well-balanced parcels.
A big thank to everyone who is continuing to donate – it is so much appreciated.
The February edition of Outlook is available on Magazine page. Due to the current situation delivery of the magazine will not take place for the February magazine.
Please send us any contributions for the MArch issue by the 15th February to email@example.com
As a response to the present situation, we have restarted our team to support anyone in our community who may need some friendly assistance. Should you need help with shopping or collection of medicines do let us know. If you would just like someone to talk with on the phone, discuss a worry or to pray with you, we have people who would love to help.
If you have problems where you need some advice or have struggled to get help elsewhere we will try and signpost you to the right assistance. We will be very happy to do this and look forward to hearing from you.
Please pass this information on to any local contacts.
Below are Sunday's readings if you wish to continue with the lectionary readings:
Old Testament Reading:
Genesis 14: 17-20
Today's readings are linked by the idea of the great banquet of the Messiah's kingdom in heaven. Here, the legendary priest-king Melchizedek acts to seal God's covenant with Abram in an offering of bread and wine, accompanied by a blessing.
New Testament Reading:
Revelation 19: 6-10
This vision is of the joy in heaven when all evil shall be defeated. It picks up an ancient image of faithful people as God's bride, called now to join the vast crowd at the wedding banquet of celebration.
John 2: 1-11
In the Gospel of John, the miracles of Jesus are signs - of who he is and therefore what God is like. The first sign occurs at a wedding banquet, where among his family and friends Jesus made extravagant quantities of water into the finest wine. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary.
You are encouraged to especially remember the following people in your prayers at this time:
Bob, Cerys, Ann, Rex & Mary, Kay, Anne, Pauline, Julie, Rose, Ann, Charlotte, Jane, Ruth, and all who care for and about them.
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 mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Rev. Keith Johnson
Home: 01494 257569
Mobile: 07772 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Helen Peters
Home: 01494 716772
Mobile: 07792 email@example.com
Rev. Tracey Jones