Dear Church Family
We're now in the season of Lent - the six week period running up to Easter. As we said at our Ash Wednesday services this week, this is a period when we're encouraged to review our relationship with God. To ask God's loving Spirit to search our hearts. To draw close in adoration. To repent of sin. To be full of thanksgiving. Basically - it's a time to pray.
That's why we're urging everyone in church to take part in our prayer course. This is being run through our Belfrey Groups. If you're not in a Belfrey Group, you could join one for these few weeks. You might love it and stay! Or you could do the course yourself each week, by using the material you can access by clicking here. The course is linked to my new book on prayer - called A-Z of Prayer - but you don't have to have read the book to do the course. If you're interested in reading the book, we have copies in church at a special price of £6.99 for the church family for these first few weeks. Otherwise you can purchase online through amazon.co.uk, including an e-book version. Amongst other things, it includes stories of people who pray - some of whom are part of our church!
This Sunday we'll hear more about our church link with Kitgum in Uganda, where we're sponsoring a wonderful community transformation project through Tearfund. We're honoured to have Jane Achaloi from Tearfund speaking at all our services.
The following week is a Mission Week. Greg Downes will be back with us, with a team from Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, helping lead lots of evangelistic events. Some of the Belfrey Groups are particularly inviting friends to events that week. There'll be all sorts of things happening during the week, including a day of outreach on the forecourt of St Michael le Belfrey Church on the Saturday. To find out more, or to get involved, do contact Paul Myers. Please do pick up some invitation cards this Sunday, so you can invite people to our guest services across the day at the end of that week - on Sunday 17th March.
Please do pray for all these things, and have a helpful and holy, prayerful and peaceful Lent.