As Winter begins to fade, the change in seasons reminds us to find God in the Easter-time hope of new life. His eternal promise is that of hope. Hope for a world where love, truth, justice and peace prevail, hope for equality, an end to poverty and war: hope for tomorrow.
As you read through your first Connected Church update of this year, we encourage you to absorb it prayerfully. Where are the promises of new life in these stories and updates?Where is God at work in the everyday, unglamorous and yet deeply holy work of striving to end poverty through love for our neighbours? Where might God be speaking to you?
Click here or on the photo above to read more from this update.
St Michael le Belfrey is part of the Diocese of York. Members of the committee in the Diocese responsible for appointing the next Archbishop would like to hear from as many people as possible, as part of a consultation exercise in preparation for appointing the successor to Archbishop Sentamu. If you would like to respond, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, answering the following questions:
As of the summer of 2018, the Belfrey became partners with Tearfund’s work in the diocese of Kitgum, in northern Uganda.
Tearfund has been working with the Anglican diocese of Kitgum since 2004, and have been mobilising churches and communities to address the issues of poverty they face on a daily basis. Tearfund’s work is primarily done through training and using the Bible as a catalyst for physical and spiritual transformation. Most importantly, the work asks local communities what they feel their needs are, and then work to mobilse the communities themselves. Their work in Uganda is referred to as the Churches Community Transformation project (CCT).
Since 2014, 28 churches in Kitgum have participated in the CCT programme. Tearfund has so far improved local awareness around HIV in these communities, prompted more to seek HIV services on offer and as a result reduced the rate of transmission in these areas. The project also saw increased church attendance, better inter-denominational relationships and empowered many individuals to begin to transform their community.
However, Tearfund want to expand the project to include all the churches in the diocese of Kitgum. The Belfrey is supporting this next step.
We are excited to see the future of our partnership and what transformations will happen in the churches of Kitgum!
We hope to take a team out to visit Uganda soon, and continue to build up relationships with the individuals helped directly with CCT.
For the latest update on the diocese, see here: https://connected.tearfund.org/~/link.aspx?_id=D948B46EB4AD4AD0B3333804B3E3EB25&_z=z&utm_source=Regular+Giving&utm_campaign=ae38c4250f-CC_KITGUM_1812&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_485bb446d6-ae38c4250f-31417817
Season’s greetings from the Diocese of Kitgum - Connected from Tearfund
The team at the Diocese of Kitgum send Christmas greetings and wish you all the best for the festive period. Read what they are thankful for this year, and how you can be praying for them too.
The Belfrey’s Tearfund ambassador – Beth Kelsall (email@example.com)
On Sunday 25th November, 12pm-6pm, we will be gathering as one big happy (church) family to worship, learn, eat and have some fun together.
Please note that there will be no 9am, XI or The6 that day!
Lunch in church (BYO packed lunch), and then we'll share Holy Communion
Attend a seminar, watch a family-friendly film or join in with some games. A creche will be available for little ones
Hog Roast in church (£4 per person for a roast sandwich and a hot drink - under 12's eat free)
Bring your whole family, your church friends, your small group!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the day. Meal tickets for the Hog Roast can be booked through ChurchSuite.
See you there!
The Archbishop of York is inviting all to join him in a vigil of prayer ahead of the Commons vote on the Brexit deal. The vigil will start on Sunday 9 December at 6am until Tuesday 11 December at midnight.
The Archbishop, after much prayerful consideration, has written a prayer which he is encouraging everyone to pray on the hour, every hour throughout the three days. York Minster is open as a place of prayer. All are invited to attend. This prayer will be readily available to use and will be said by the duty Chaplain at York Minster throughout Monday and Tuesday.
The Archbishop said: “At this time of uncertainty I have been asked by many people to call for prayer. Please may I encourage you to join me in this Prayer Vigil as we work for peace and unity at this time.”
The Archbishop’s prayer reads:
God of eternal love and power,
Save our Parliamentary Democracy;
Protect our High Court of Parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
Therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.
Please add these to your prayers:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray with the Archbishop of York, wherever you are, every hour on the hour from 6am on Sunday 9 December until Tuesday 11 December at midnight.
York Minster is open for prayer every day. There are four services each day starting with Matins at 7.30am; two services of Holy Communion at 7.50am and 12.30pm and Evensong at 5.15pm on Monday to Saturday, and at 4.00pm on Sundays. Or you can come and worship at any time during the day from 7.30am until 6.00pm. Everyone is invited to attend and worship is always free of charge.