CCW News: Christ Church Woodford News Update
13th September 2021
Sunday 12th September: 9am (Communion Service), 10.15 Morning Worship & 11.30am Zoom
Why did Jesus feed the 5,000, and why did He repeat the miracle (it happened both in Mark 6 and in Mark 8)? That’s what we were thinking about yesterday at Church. And we saw how that, in Jesus doing what He did, He pointed back to the way God had fed the Israelites in the Wilderness as they journeyed through to the Promised Land. He did it to show that He is that same God who saves and sustains His people, but more than that, that He is building a new, global people of God that includes people from all races and backgrounds (the second mass-feeding was of Gentiles – the first, being of Jews only).
At 9am we returned to having the ‘second Sunday of the month’ Common Worship Communion service, and at 10.15 we were definitely enjoying singing again with two great hymns in particular ‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’ and ‘Love divine, all loves excelling.’ We may have been wearing masks, but from where I was standing the volume came through loud and clear! Our thanks, as ever, to Roger for playing so enthusiastically too.
Passage for next week, and ‘a week off’ from our time in Mark’s Gospel,: Luke 7:11-17
‘At Home’ Service: Don’t forget to let me know if you would like to continue to receive this
Just a reminder that, going forward, I’m wanting to compile a separate email list for people who want to continue to receive the weekly ‘At Home’ service. If you would like to be on that list, please let me know as I’m soon to start just sending it out just to those who have asked to be on that list.
Report back from Church ‘Pub Quiz’: Tuesday 7th September on Zoom
Last week’s Pub Quiz proved another fun evening, and we’re grateful to Stephen Holbrook for being a great Quiz Master. The winning team was Heather Braddock and Jenny Shaw (and me). Do look out for news about the next one – they are always good fun, and something special to look forward to as the nights draw in.
‘Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child’: Hattie Ryan 11th September
It was lovely last Saturday to conduct this special service for a very happy looking Hattie Ryan. Hattie is a new sister to Piper (whose own service was in July 2018), and daughter to Charlotte and Alex (who I had the privilege of marrying in November 2016). She is also a great granddaughter to Daphne Heath from our 9am service. So, for me, it was good to be able to play a part in the life of this family. Hattie, like her sister (and all the child who have this, or a Baptism service) received a copy of the ‘Beginner’s Bible’ – which has great, fun pictures whilst also telling the Bible stories clearly, faithfully and in an age-appropriate way (it’s a readable book for children and parents, not just a nice memento, and I highly recommend it!).
PCC Meeting: Tuesday, 28th September at 7pm
Our PCC will be meeting in person, in our Church Hall, for the first time in nearly a year and a half later this month. We will need to be masked, and keeping a safe distance, but we will definitely celebrate the fact that we are able to be physically together. As you can imagine, there will be a lot to discuss, so please do be praying for us!
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