Dear St Swithin's friends,
Good Morning and greetings in the life-giving name of Jesus Christ
Stand firm, and you will win life. - Luke 21.19
Alongside ‘As 10 At 10’ online, we will also now be gathering some Sunday evenings for a socially-distanced, limited-capacity simple communion service.
Our As One at Ten services will continue online every Sunday throughout the summer. Do continue to join us as we worship together but apart! But as we continue our ‘easing out of lockdown’ we will also be gathering in some different ways on Sundays during August.
We are delighted that after comprehensive preparations, following Church of England and Diocesan guidelines, we are opening the doors of St Swithin’s Church for people to come in for private prayer at a safe physical distance on Wednesdays from 12noon - 2pm.
In order to keep you and everyone else safe please take careful note of the following points:
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It was so lovely to see so many faces at coffee time last Sunday morning. Do join us again this Sunday at 11am via zoom.
The link will be the same as last week, and you can also access it through Tim’s weekly email. If you missed the email let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org .
Or, if you would rather not Zoom then why not take a moment at 11am to ring someone instead and see how they are!
If you would like to hear a bedtime story read by a member of the church family, please click the link below.
We want to continue to encourage one another and have decided to have a morning reflection at 9.30 am each day (no more than 15 mins) as we explore our vision together. If you can’t make it live on Zoom or Facebook, the reflections will be uploaded to the website, but do let us know if there are better times of the day.
Throughout this summer we’re looking at:
Why are we here? What is St Swithin’s all about? We’re looking at the St Swithin’s vision and values. When we started to look at the vision, last year at Sidholme, it was clear from all the feedback that somehow we weren’t communicating clearly enough that the church is here because of God. God is the central character, it’s not about us. We’re not the story.
St Swithin’s exists to display God’s splendour, that’s how Isaiah captures it beautifully in Isaiah 61.3 displaying God’s splendour. Jesus quotes these verses right at the beginning of His earthly ministry. The Westminster catechism states “ What is the chief end of humankind? To glorify God and enjoy God forever” – During the great Reformation the great phrase was “soli deo Gloria,” for the glory of God alone, We’re here to display God’s wonder, His majesty, His glory and His splendour. Our vision cannot be small and narrow, with the impression of shrinking, and being squeezed into a tight space but must reflect the vast expanse and great abundance of the fullness of God’s life.
To join us in our summer series visit our talks page...