A message from the vicar
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Take Heart - new lands are in the distance!
Welcome to Gleneagles Church - please take a look around the website, it will give you a really good flavour of who we are, what is available currently and what we were up to prior to COVID-19. We also have a Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
While many things are on hold at the moment God is never on hold. In Matthew 14 Jesus’ friends were in the middle of a storm when they saw Jesus miraculously walk on the water towards them. Naturally afraid, Jesus says to them ‘take heart, is it I, do not be afraid’. For many people the uncertain times we are living in is frightening but Jesus walks towards us, and breathes His peace in us and on us. We need to hold our nerve and keep on trusting Him.
Acts 27 talks of another storm. Paul is under arrest and sailing to Rome. They face the most frightening of storms, they fear for their lives and there isn’t much left of their ship! I’m sure there would have been times when they wanted to give up and wondered how it was all going to end. Maybe many are wondering right now - when will this pandemic end and what will life look like then? But all of a sudden, in the distance, Paul and the crew saw new lands. They couldn’t really make them out, they didn’t know who or what was there but it was definitely land. Imagine their relief!
As a church we are, therefore, asking, ‘Lord help us see the new lands beyond the storm of this pandemic and then reveal what you want to be constructed there for the sake of your kingdom purposes.’ It’s a really good opportunity to take the next few months, whilst most things are closed down anyway, to seek fresh vision and strategy for how this part of the Body of Christ in Gleneagles can join with God in building His kingdom, as we emerge from this storm.
For we will emerge from this pandemic, so take heart, new lands are in the distance!
Revd Dawn Airey
ALL SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY ONLINE.
Services begin at 10.30am every Sunday with children's group from 10.00 - 10.25am.
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We will be back !
Social distance rules permitting we hope that very soon we will be able to meet again every Sunday at 10.30 am at Redwell Primary School, Barnwell Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 5LQ.
Watch this space !
is Our Responsibility
Safeguarding is a priority at Gleneagles church. We have adopted government and Church of England guidelines on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and good working practice, including safer recruitment of volunteers and paid workers.
For details of how to contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer and other resources click here.
Action to be taken in the event of a potential issue
- If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm, inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Incumbent who will take advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) or Local Authority Social Care. If the incumbent is implicated, inform the DSA.
- If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed, immediately inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Assistant or Incumbent or DSA and agree who will make the referral to Local Authority Social Care team. If no-one is available, contact the Local Authority Social Care Team or Police directly.
Vicar - Dawn Airey (01933 673324) email@example.com
Parish Safeguarding Officer - Alex Benoy (01933 222002)
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Beverly Huff, 01733 887027 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Samantha Jackson, 01733 887027 email@example.com
Bible Verse of the Day
Building for the Future
Gleneagles Anglican Church formulated a vision, over 10 years ago, to build a new church and community centre in the parish. With much prayer, fundraising and along with support from the Diocese, we have purchased a plot of land, completed preparatory works, and received planning permission for our original scheme. However, we have not received sufficient funds to start construction.
The PCC has recently spent a long time discussing the situation. They recognised that a lot is changing both in our church and in the world and God has been speaking to us through these circumstances: funding has not yet been provided; the pandemic has caused us to re-imagine what church is and will be; our Vicar, Melvyn, is retiring and a new Vicar will be arriving soon and many thousands of houses are being built on our doorstep at Glenvale Park. So the PCC unanimously decided in June 2020 to 'actively pause' the building plans to allow the whole church space to pray about and seek God's will for us. Things are uncertain to us, but we know they are not uncertain to God.
This is not a cessation of the project, but is a very active pause. As a church we will start to look again at the ministries we are, and should be, involved in. We will consult again with the community. Our new Vicar will lead us into God's developing vision for our future and our physical home. We continue to pray as we look forward with excitement for what God will continue to do amongst us. God's Got More!!!
For more information please visit our Church Building Fund website.
Latest from The Rocks in Brazil
Hope you are well. I have attached the link to our latest link letter.
Please keep us in your prayers. COVID cases have gone up here and we are having weekend lockdowns, with things operating at 25% capacity Monday to Friday. It’s uncertain as to whether the weekend lockdowns will continue beyond this first weekend of March. We are starting our discipleship school this month also.
Song of the week
So this is the second week of Song of the Week.
The idea is for people to send a You Tube Clip of any religious song that has given them the strength and determination to carry on over the past difficult months. From these one will be selected as the song of the week.
This week Nora writes "Colin showed me the end of the Gleneagles Service and I really fell in love with this hymn. I’m using his iPad (he said it was okay) and asking if it could be included in your Hymns of The Week on your great website!"
If you would like to submit a song for consideration please use the Contact Us form on the website.
Prayer for the week
from Jackie, our Church Evangelist. (Updated 07/03/2021)
Please pray for
All of the children returning to school on Monday, and for their teachers; may God bless them and keep them safe
Some wisdom from Scripture:
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
God bless and protect you
Prayer together on Zoom
It is so important for us to come together to pray always and especially in our current situation. We currently come together on Tuesday mornings at 11.00 am. If you cannot join us please send your prayer requests or prayer suggestions to Revd Dawn Airey.
To join please click on the respective link(s), provided by email to church members, close to the meeting start time.
If you have not received the links please contact Revd Dawn Airey on
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
The Bereavement and Loss Support Group are currently meeting online and anyone who is interested in attending should use the ‘Contact Us’ page to ask for details.
Staying strong through coronavirus
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is He said:
‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Matthew 22: 37-39
Living our lives, with these two commandments at the centre, will enable you and I to get through the current coronavirus crisis well and to help others to do so.
Firstly, stay close to God. Talk with Him, read our Bibles, worship and praise Him, cast our cares upon Him, express our concerns and worries to Him, let Him take care of you. Stay close to God.
Secondly, love others, putting them first. Let's see how we can concern ourselves with the needs and plight of others and find ways to help them. This will give us less time to worry about ourselves.
To do the second well, we need the Fruit of the Spirit to grow in us. Well, guess what? If we do the first well, the Fruit of the Spirit will grow in us.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
As the fruit of the Spirit grows in us and makes us strong we can apply the fruit in ways that help ourselves and others.
First and foremost let's love God with everything and then let's put His love in us into action to serve and help others - taking all the necessary precautions, of course.
Let's allow God's joy to rule over our fears and anxieties. If you and I can be joyful at a time like this and put our trust completely in God, it will help us and others greatly. Speak fear and anxiety and we create more fear and anxiety - but speak with joy and we allay fears and anxieties. The secret to this is knowing God's peace deep down in our innermost beings. As Jesus said, it is a peace that the world does not know or understand because it's a peace He gives to us which we can experience even in the direst circumstances. In those troubled conversations, where friends or family are expressing their fears, let's be peace-bringers and joy-givers.
Let's be patient, kind and good even with the panic-buyers and those ignoring social distancing advice. We can and should let them know that their behaviour is unacceptable, but we can do it without behaving badly ourselves and with patience, kindness and goodness.
Let's be faithful to God, to our friends and family and to those in our community, by doing all we can to help with gentleness. And at this time, when emotions can get the better of us, let's seek God's help to maintain our own self-control.
Stay close to God, let the Holy Spirt grow his fruit in us every day, which will make us more like Jesus.
And at this time, let's make this our prayer for each other:
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3: 16-19