17th February

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It has been a good few weeks of launching the year’s ministries.  Both Youth and Kids’ Club have had their first gatherings for the year.  I was thrilled to see around twelve children at the first day of Kids’ Club last Wednesday, some from St Jude’s and others from further afield. Everyone enjoyed themselves while learning (or being reminded) of God’s love for them in Christ.  A team of our parishioners is involved in providing afternoon tea for the children.

Our Bible study groups have begun meeting.  My group on Wednesday nights starts this week (7.30 pm at the Rectory).  You are warmly invited to try it out.  Details for the other groups are on the back of the bulletin.

As well as this, choir, craft group and Friendship Group are up and running for the year.  And I’m not sure if our bell ringers even had a break from faithfully heralding the 9.30 service week to week!

In keeping with my big message at the moment of urging us to “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” God’s life-giving word, the Bible, I would like to encourage everyone to read a portion of the Bible during the upcoming season of Lent.  We will be making available the Bible text and some reflection questions to lead us through reading 1 and 2 Peter during those 40 days.  These will be available to collect soon – but I wanted to flag it to you now and encourage you to join in with this program when Lent begins on 6th March.

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