St. Andrew's Chapel is now OPEN for Private Prayer
Tues to Fri 10am to 12 noon
Join us online again for this week's services
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
This Sunday 28th June at 10.30am we welcome you online for our Family Service. This week, we are looking at Matthew 10: 40-42
Join us on Wednesday for our Online Mid-week Communion; an opportunity to meet around the Lord's table for spiritual communion and fellowship. Each week, Natasha will share reflections from a variety of reputable and orthodox teachers from centuries past. Extracts will be read to us from sermons, hymns,
theological treatises, Biblical commentaries, letters, prayers and poems... to deepen our faith. You are warmly invited to join with us at 11am on Wednesdays or watch again later here.
KIC at home bags are bags filled with activities and ‘stuff’ so our youngest people can join in with church at home. Each one contains things like a map, stickers, a journal, dice, counters, games and a craft activity, a tea-light, bubbles and a stone. Click on the link here to find out more. Email photos of your finished craft to email@example.com for us to share with our wider church family in the Friday Newsletter.
Life Groups Meeting Virtually
Nepal Leprosy Trust
We have received the following update from the NLT:
Life in Nepal continues to be stifled by the lockdown, which currently continues until June 14th but is unlikely to be lifted yet. There have now been nearly 4000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, but only about 20 deaths recorded - which is a lower fatality rate than in other countries. A friend in Kathmandu reports that goods are available from small shops, and street vendors are selling fresh vegetables in the early morning. Only a few expatriates are still in Nepal. The hardest hit remain the people relying on daily-waged work - which is just not available. Some are very dependent on charity for their survival. There are still many migrant workers crossing the Indian border into Nepal at night, trying to reach home and food, but also bringing Covid-19 with them.
The NLT workshop is carefully opening, but some of our workers/staff cannot yet travel to Kathmandu. The Government has made stricter protocols in response to the WHO and increased levels of Covid-19. Lalgadh’s team are doing the same, as Province 2 has more Covid-19 than other areas. We praise God that our staff at Lalgadh and Kathmandu continue to remain well.
Thank you for responding so generously to NLT’s needs at this time. We can see the Lord’s tremendous faithfulness at work, and our friends in Nepal are very encouraged. We have received donations in the UK of about £20,000 which is a big help for paying our staff while local income is much reduced due to the lockdown, and for needy situations around Lalgadh.
Stoke Poges Village Store Cupboard
As more and more people are able to come out of isolation, the Village Store Cupboard is changing. Our hours are now 10am-12pm Tuesday to Friday.
For more information, including how you can drop off items and more importantly how to access the Store Cupboard if you need food Click here for full details about the Store Cupboard or telephone 07591 350159. Our continued thanks go to everyone who has helped so far: either by donating, packing up, working behind the scenes or delivering the food.
Although not meeting in the same room, 3 of our 4 Lifegroups are
still meeting virtually via Skype or Zoom. There is an opportunity to join in on a trial basis from your own living room and if we get lots of interest, perhaps even a whole new group! This week (at least one) of our groups has finally been able to meet up in a person by holding it in the garden. Please contact Natasha to see which group might suit you. What is a Life Group?
Fancy a Chat?
If you would appreciate a friendly phone call once or twice a week, please let us know, and we can arrange for one of our team to keep in touch regularly. Please contact Debbie on 01753 642331.
Supporting Good Mental Health
The Church of England has updated their Thirteen Daily Reflections booklet, to make it especially relevant and thought-provoking during the current pandemic and it is well worth reading. It includes reflections on Bible passages and habits to try for yourself. We will be highlighting some of the writings over the next few weeks.
This week we look at Matthew 6.12-15 about 'Forgiveness. These writings are also available as short podcasts to listen to, just click on the link above:And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Forgiveness makes good business for self-help books. How do I forgive? How can I let go? We often hear that forgiveness is good for you. It makes you feel better. All easy to say. But what do you do when hurt and pain keep coming back when you least want to think about them? When resentment is eating at you and you can think of nothing else? Maybe we can all forgive little things, but what about the big things, the things that break up part of who you are? Or what about forgiving ourselves – sometimes that is the hardest task of them all.
Forgiveness is sometimes humanly impossible. I might not want to forgive. I might not even be able to think of forgiving, and yet holding on to the anger hurts me more than the offender. The person who hurt me may not want to be forgiven. It is tempting to opt for “forgiveness lite”, hiding from the enormity of what has happened and cutting to a quick solution, trying to ignore or diminish what has happened.
Sometimes, all that we can do is say, ‘I want to forgive’. Or maybe, ‘I want to want to forgive’! And see where the journey takes us. Offer the whole thing to God in prayer: a willingness to be changed, or an honest admission that we simply cannot forgive. God can multiply the little that we bring, just as Jesus multiplied a few loaves and fishes to feed thousands. Forgiveness takes time, but God is patient. And has our best interest at heart: God knows that in forgiveness, we will always find healing and freedom, however long and painful the road to get there.
St Giles' Reapers
During this time of crisis, the Reapers are unable to meet fortnightly as usual, and their numbers are somewhat depleted due to current restrictions, but the grass is still growing! If you are looking for ideas for your daily exercise, we can 'buddy' you up with with one of our still-reaping seasoned pros, for a short session - and hopefully a short season - of tidying a small area of the St Giles' churchyard. If you can help, please contact Debbie.
What else can I listen to?
There are plenty of other ways to hear God's word at home, even if you aren't the most gifted with computers. Don't forget favourites like:
Radio 2 Pause for Thought weekdays at 5.45am and at 9.20am
Radio 4 Thought for the Day Monday to Saturday at 7.45am
Sunday Worship at 8.10 am on Radio 4 Episode guide
BBC1 Songs of Praise 1.15pm this Sunday Episode guide
Sunday Worship on BBC iplayer Episode guide
Daily Hope free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers -available 24 hours a day - 0800 804 8044
Needing some family worship time?
For those of you with young ones who’d like some family worship time ...check out Worship for Everyone on Facebook, where Nick and Becky Drake and family stream their live Live "Family at 4" sessions.You can also investigate their website at www.worshipforeveryone.com
Re-opening of Churches
Following the news Prime Minister's statement on 23 June about the reopening of church buildings for worship from 4 July, the Church of England are awaiting publication of the detail of the Government's guidance before their own updating advice.
We are all looking forward to being able to worship together in person again , but whilst we wait to hear more details, here's a lighthearted look at what that might look like: