A VERY FOND FAREWELL
Our final service with Melvyn as our Vicar was not as we would have planned, as we had to say our goodbyes to Melvyn and June over Zoom. But we had a good time together and were very aware of God blessing our gathering. Everyone had a chance to give special good wishes and they even had a surprise delivery of gifts which we could see. You can view the service and catch up with other news on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GleneaglesChurch/
We now start our period of Interregnum before our new Vicar, Dawn Airey, arrives in the New Year. We are really looking forward to Dawn arriving and to all we will achieve for God under her leadership. And in the meantime, we expect God to be doing great things in our church in the coming months, because God's Got More!
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We will be back !
Social distance rules permitting we hope to be able to meet again from September 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.
Church Warden - Elizabeth Holbrook - 01604 810721
Church Warden - Chris Gledhill - 01933 677783 - email@example.com
Parish Safeguarding Officer – vacant
Assistant 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
“God’s heartbeat – resonating with the immeasurable pain and grief God feels for each person who doesn’t know Him.”
If you were not able to be in church on Sunday 12th January 2020, then to understand the background, and most importantly, the immense significance of this prophetic word from God to us and to keep abreast of how we believe we can begin to respond to this in 2020, please listen to the sermon which you can find here:
I am sure that you agree that it is very important for us all to be on the same page, working together in unity as one team to pray and build God's kingdom here in our communities. So get yourself a nice cuppa, ask God to speak personally to you, sit back and listen. And if God speaks to you something that you feel is for more than just yourself, please share that with me.
This year's vision builds on last year's vision "The Living Stones". For more details please click on Gleneagles Church Mission Plan
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.
Prayer for the week
from Jackie, our Church Evangelist. (Updated 08/10/2020)
Please pray for
An end to Coronavirus here and worldwide, that everyone will listen and do their part to halt the spread of the virus
Some wisdom from Scripture:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
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. So we are introducing two online prayer meetings on Tuesdays. If you cannot join us please send your prayer requests or prayer suggestions to Chris.
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 Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Message from Melvyn
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
Latest from the Rocks in Brazil (25/09/2020)
I hope this finds you well.
Thank you for your ongoing prayer and support. We have now moved to our new apartment and we are settling in well, waiting for gas be released and internet to be installed. At church In the last few weeks we have seen Holy Spirit begin to move powerfully here, extending our times of worship as we enjoy His presence and many folk becoming more alive spiritually, there’s sense of excitement in the air anticipating what the Lord might do, join with us in prayer.