Our villages are real and vibrant communities! So, please, do pickup a Term Card, either after a service or by popping in during the week. Our churches are open during day.
I would like to thank all those who have so generously sponsored new Bibles for each of our churches. We have now reached our target! The Bible contains the only reliable records we have of the life and work of Jesus and are the foundational documents of the Christian faith.
We all need to become familiar with the teaching of the Bible, not just on a Sunday, but by private reading during the week. If you'd like your own personal copy of the Bible translation we will be using in our churches they can be purchased from Quench book shop. The translation is NIV (Anglicised Edition) 2011. Quench has a wide variety to chose from. If you'd be happy with the edition that will be in the pews, then they're nearly half price if purchased in packets of 20. If you would like one of these, please email me and I'll order 20 if enough people are interested.
As I write this I've just returned from a Burchetts Green Church of England Infants School assembly for the first time this term. It was a dress-up day. All the children were dressed as knights, princesses or dragons! There were dragon footprints and giant eggs in the playground!
A new term brings the opportunity to begin a new theme - in the case of Burchetts Green School the theme for the term is dragons! In our churches too, we are starting a new term and with that a new theme. Except for Pentecost (Whitsun) and Trinity Sunday, from the beginning in May all the talks in our church services will be based on St Paul's letter to the Colossians.
In this short letter, Paul beautifully presents the essence of the Christian faith: the supremacy of Jesus Christ. At the same time it gives guidelines on how to live as a Christian - ethical quandaries, the family, the world of work, faith sharing and much more. At the back of our churches is a Term Card that summarises reading and the topics for each Sunday.
Also on that Term Card are the May to August dates for all our regular groups, as well as the dates for much-loved 'one-off' summer events - garden parties, fetes, barbecues, Music on a Summer's Evening to name a few.