Dear Church Family
How are you doing with the fasting challenge that's been put to us over the last few weeks? We're learning together what it means to fast. Some of us will find this easy, and some more difficult. A few won't be able to fast from food (for medical reasons) so you'll need to choose something else. If you've forgotten to fast, or found it hard to find a time, or just found it really difficult, don't worry. Have another go! Like most disciplines, we learn by keeping going - like riding a bike, we might fall off a few times, but the answer is to get back on and try again.
We talked recently in our Belfrey Group about fasting. As well as discussing some of the difficult things about it, some talked of answers to prayer on a level that had surprised them, and they were wondering if there might be a link! If you have some encouraging answers to prayer that have taken place whilst we've been fasting, please do email me and let me know. I'd love to hear!
This Sunday (10th Feb) Sophie Dearden, who heads our House of Prayer team in St Cuthbert's, will be speaking in the third of this prayer series, on 'The Freedom of Fasting', and we'll have a new fasting challenge to consider, so if you're away this weekend, do make sure you catch up online in the week. We'll also be reminded about the forthcoming Alpha course, about to start this coming Wednesday evening. Please be praying about Alpha and who you might invite,
The following Sunday (17th Feb) we have speakers from the schools charity YOYO with us in the morning, and Bishop Graham Cray with us in the evening at The6. That evening service will include baptisms and confirmations, so if you're a follower of Jesus and are not yet baptised, or if you're part of our church but have never been confirmed, you can do that next weekend. You may know others who'd like to be baptised or confirmed too. To find out more, or to show interest, please contact any of clergy or email Ruth Somerville. It will be great to welcome Graham back to our church as new members of our church family make these important and life-changing promises, and as we hear our Father speak his words of love and affirmation over us.
We have such a good Father. A kind, caring, strong, forgiving Father. From him, all good things flow. May we honour him with our words and actions, and keep pointing people to his Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Saviour and Lord.