GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - FEBRUARY 2018
This page presents a selection of our latest news & other articles, updated at the beginning of each month. The articles are mainly taken from (or based on information from) our parish magazine, the Parish News,
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Gleanings from the Parish News
As usual on Ash Wedneday (14th February) we will be holding our service of Holy Communion with Ashing. This will be at 7.30 pm in Plaistow church.
Journey to the cross
On Friday evenings during Lent, at 7pm in St John the Baptist chruch, Kirdford, there will be a Contemplative Act of Worship with reflections on Jesus' Journey to the Cross.
This is a short devotional service with meditation (lasting around 45 minutes), to quietly reflect more deeply on Jesus' journey.
Lent Course 2018
This year's Lent course will be held in the Youth Club room (at the rear of Winterton Hall, Plaistow) on Tuesday evenings during Lent from 7.30 and finishing by 9.00 am. Refreshments will be served at the start, and the first session is on Tuesday 20th February.
Following through on the Diocesan “Year of Prayer” the course focuses on Prayer through Art, and six well known people have been asked to choose their favourite painting, picture, or work of art and explain what their choice says about prayer.
If you want to find out more beforehand, or you would like to arrange a lift from any of our villages, please contact Janice (contact details in the Parish News) - otherwise we look forward to seeing you there
This year our fundraising coffee morning for the people of Bobi in Uganda is on Wednesday March 14th , 10am at 5, Herons Close, Kirdford – for details click on "services and events" above and then "forthcoming events". Our annual fundraising coffee morning is essentially to raise money to have the maintenance of their water borehole carried out so that it continues to work efficiently to supply them with fresh clean water. The borehole has now been doing this successfully since 2009 when it was first put in. After the work has been done each year, and at our request, a donation has been given to the village school. They spend the remainder of the money on whatever other needs they have, and each year we are amazed just how much they manage to accomplish. It is such a worthwhile project to keep supporting. Apart from keeping the water borehole working it is making such a difference to their lives at the church and school, the hubs of their community.
We have received a letter from Canon Jackson Ocan, the Vicar of Bobi, including details of what they were able to do with the donation we sent them in May 2017. To see the letter click on "Groups and Activities" above & then "Bobi (Uganda) Appeal".
Canon Jackson sadly had an accident on his motor cycle when travelling around his parish a few months ago and suffered a badly broken leg. He is recovering well but has been transferred to a parish near to his home village where he will serve until his retirement in three years time. It has been a pleasure to correspond with him over the past few years and he has always been very diligent in passing on news to us from Bobi. We look forward to communicating with Bobi's new vicar, Rev. Canon Wilson Akutta who took up his post on January 1st.
IONA-STYLE PRAYER TIME
Every third Sunday in the month, starting in February, there will be an informal time of prayer, lasting about 10 minutes, in the chancel area near the altar immediately following the 10am service. All are welcome to come and join the group.
Some of you may remember that we used to hold these regularly a few years ago. Based on prayers for healing from the Iona community in Scotland, the prayer time consists of a few set prayers that we read from a sheet, and for those who wish there is also the opportunity for laying on of hands by two of our prayer team members, who say a short set prayer for healing