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We are having daily updates from Rev Rowe with some Bible quotes and versions to reflect upon during this time. We will post these when you are received. 

Friday 1 May

From one of today’s readings

The testing of your faith produces endurance

(James 1:3)

All of us have felt our faith tested. Our faith is similar to a muscle: it grows when it is used. How has your faith changed in these days?

Monday 4 May

Good Morning South Severnside,

Today we read that

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years,

(Luke 2:51)

Growing older does not mean automatically growing wiser: learning requires reflection. What have you learnt in these days to assist you in the future?

Tuesday 5 May

Good Morning South Severnside,

John the Baptist is quoting the prophet Isaiah:

Every valley shall be filled,

And every mountain and hill shall be made low

(Luke 3:5)

God promises that the humble who depend on him will be lifted and filled. Whereas the proud who rely on themselves will reach the end of their resources. So ‘when I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Corinthians 12:10).

The next Midweek Musing will be live streamed by Astrid tomorrow at 10am will include dogs and lorries. This is on https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Church-Almondsbury-730715950415825/. Once on the Facebook page, scroll down a little. The Livestream broadcast will be visible on the page at the advertised time

Food for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ can be left in Almondsbury Village Shop or outside Almondsbury Vicarage. I attach a picture of this week’s food. Thank you: people depend on this.

Daily Hope is a free phone line (0800 804 8044) with hymns, reflections and prayers.

Wednesday 6 May 

We read when Jesus was baptised:

The Holy Spirit descended upon him

In bodily form like a dove

(Luke 3:22)

God works bodily in that he engages in this material world. He also brings renewed life as the dove brought the first twig to Noah after the flood. What do you want God to renew?

Thursday 7 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

When he was being tempted Jesus quoting the Old Testament said:

One does not live by bread alone.

(Luke 4:4)

Material provision is necessary but not sufficient for life. What else do you need?

Friday 8 May

Jesus said he came to earth to:

Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour

(Luke 4:19)

Where do you see God’s goodwill in action?

We are looking for articles for the June edition of the Lich Gate. Details are on http://www.lichgate.co.uk/home . The deadline is Friday 15th May. It would be good to have your lock down articles both for contemporary interest and an historical record. Or tell us about your hobby, interest, employment or anything else of interest.

Food for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ can be left in Almondsbury Community Shop or outside Almondsbury Vicarage. The next collection is Tuesday at 9.30am. The food needs this week are any tinned food or packets in date.

I am planning to live stream the Sunday service from Almondsbury Church at 10am. This is on https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Church-Almondsbury-730715950415825/. Once on the Facebook page, scroll down a little. The Livestream broadcast will be visible on the page at the advertised time.  Please join us for ‘after Church coffee’ on zoom after the service until 11am. The log in details will be at the end of the order of service which will be available tomorrow.

Messy Church for May

The first attachment (.pdf) has everything in one file, the remaining attachments are the material page-by-page and might be easier to use if you are posting on a Facebook page. We hope that you will enjoy some the following activities at home.

As a bonus, we've been working with The Noise team to put together some Online Family Fun which will be available on Saturday 9th May from 2pm onwards via https://www.ebe.org.uk/onlinefamilyfun Please share your photos and videos with us, particularly if you make a MESS!

The attachments are below. 

Monday 11 May 

Today we read:

At daybreak Jesus departed

And went into a deserted place

(Luke 4:48)

Jesus needed time alone. How can you use this enforced solitude positively?

Tuesday 12 May 

Today we read:

The crowd was pressing in on Jesus

To hear the word of God

(Luke 5:1)

Who are you listening to?

A big thank you for the food donated for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/. A picture of the food to be taken today is attached.

Astrid will be live streaming the Midweek Muse at 10am tomorrow and will feature sunsets and storms. This is on https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Church-Almondsbury-730715950415825/. Once on the Facebook page, scroll down a little. The Livestream broadcast will be visible on the page at the advertised time.

This is Christian Aid week. As there is no door to door collection they are inviting  contributions through their website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week?_$ja=tsid:|cid:1723647296|agid:70121279513|tid:kwd-671817365024|crid:43324058. Janet McBride, a Lay Ministers at St Mary’s Olveston, introduces this appeal: https://youtu.be/u841vL6Lj10.

Wednesday 13 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

They went up to the roof and let him down with his bed

Through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus

(Luke 5:19)

In challenging circumstances look for new ways to connect with God.

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining a Christianity Explored course (www.christianityexplored.org) I am facilitating on Zoom. Many people have found this valuable for exploring the Christian faith or as a refresher course.

Thursday 14 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

The lot fell upon Matthias

And he was added to the eleven apostles

(Acts 1:26)

Matthias was chosen and then is not mentioned again. Is it enough to have recognition only from God?

Please join a group of us for Morning Prayer on Zoom at 8.30am from Monday to Friday. Meeting ID 484 794 9535 and Password 700999.

 

Friday 15 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

Jesus said to him, ‘Stretch out your hand’

He did so and his hand was restored.

(Luke 6:10)

What little action can you take through which God can do something much greater?

Do listen to this message for the time of COVID 19 from Bishop Jill Duff, the Bishop of Lancaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bq62xhGk5I.

A big thank you for the food donated for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ which can be left on Almondsbury Community Shop or outside Almondsbury Vicarage. Their needs are nappies, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, sanitary towels, ketchup, jam and baking trays. The next collection is Tuesday at 9.30am.

On Sunday at 10am the live streamed service will be Holy Communion. Log in details are below. Please join us for ‘after Church coffee’ on zoom after the service. The log in details will be at the end of the order of service which will be available tomorrow. Background resources for adults are via www.rootsontheweb.com/adultsathome17may and families www.rootsontheweb.com/familiesathome17may.

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining a Christianity Explored course (www.christianityexplored.org) I am facilitating on Zoom. Many people have found this valuable for exploring the Christian faith or as a refresher course.

This is Christian Aid week. As there is no door to door collection they are inviting  contributions through their website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week?_$ja=tsid:|cid:1723647296|agid:70121279513|tid:kwd-671817365024|crid:43324058. Janet McBride, a Lay Ministers at St Mary’s Olveston, introduces this appeal: https://youtu.be/u841vL6Lj10.

Do join us on Zoom for Morning Prayer at 8.30am from Monday to Friday (Meeting ID 484 794 9535 and Password 700999) and Evening Prayer on Monday at 4pm ( https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365603325?pwd=ZG8vYVBUWS9JbW0xSkJQTVBqd09RQT09 or Meeting ID: 833 6560 3325 and Password: 105276).

Every week there is a live streamed Sunday service at 10am and a Midweek Musing on Wednesdays at 10am. These are on https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Church-Almondsbury-730715950415825/. Once on the Facebook page, scroll down a little. The Livestream broadcast will be visible on the page at the advertised time. Previously streamed services and musings can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCapaQDyh5yd2Gj8pLGK-IXA/.

Monday 18 May 

Moses said to those who were dissatisfied with their circumstances:

God has allowed you to approach him
(Numbers 16:10)

Remind yourself your heavenly Father has adopted you as his child and so put your frustrations into perspective.

Tuesday 19 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

Aaron stood between the living and the dead and the plague stopped.

(Numbers 16:48)

Pray for those who stand between us and COVID 19. What can you do to protect others?

Please watch this latest news from Sylvie and Phil, our CMS link on lock down in Lebanon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AicTwUf9ROc

Lift your heart by listening to this Blessing sung by children: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiWZXLsdE9w

Astrid will be live streaming the Midweek Musing tomorrow at 10am featuring bears and beds as this week's theme. The log in details are below.

A big thank you for the food donated for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ which can be left in Almondsbury Community Shop or outside Almondsbury Vicarage. 

Do join us on Zoom for Morning Prayer at 8.30am from Monday to Friday (Meeting ID 484 794 9535 and Password 700999) and Evening Prayer on Monday at 4pm ( https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365603325?pwd=ZG8vYVBUWS9JbW0xSkJQTVBqd09RQT09 or Meeting ID: 833 6560 3325 and Password: 105276).

Wednesday 20 May 

The Hebrews knew Aaron had been chosen for service because his staff:

‘Put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds

(Numbers 17:8)

How can the fruits of your life nourish others?

Thursday 21 May

On the day Jesus ascended to heaven we are reminded about him:

You are a priest for ever

(Hebrews 7:21)

Jesus is in heaven praying for us that we will come through victoriously in the end.

Do join us for Zoom Ascension Day Service at 9.30am today: Link - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4847949535?pwd=K0ZTK2h6QjRHTk8rbWZBdlh6cDQ2QT09     

Meeting ID: 484 794 9535   Password: 700999. An order of service is attached.

From today (Ascension Day) until Pentecost (Sunday week) the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages us to join in with the global prayer ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Please look at  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ to see how you can participate. I attach a prayer journal.

Friday 22 May

Good Morning South Severnside,

Moses was told to speak before a rock so that God would bring water from it. But instead Moses:

Lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff;

Water came out abundantly

(Numbers 20:11)

There is no need to do God’s work for him.

From Ascension Day until Pentecost Sunday week the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages us to join in with the global prayer ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Please look at  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ to see how you can participate

Monday 25 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

Balaam was told:

Speak only what I tell you to speak

(Numbers 22:35)
Listen before speaking.

Tuesday 26 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

Balaam said:

Must I not take care

To say what the Lord puts into my mouth?

(Numbers 23:12)

How can you serve God by what you say?

A big thank you for the food donated for the Bristol North West Foodbank https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ which can be left in Almondsbury Community Shop or outside Almondsbury Vicarage.

Wednesday 27 May 

Good Morning South Severnside,

God is not a human being that he should lie,

Or a mortal, that he should change his mind.

Has he promised, and will he not do it?

Has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?

(Numbers 23:19)

The June Lich Gate magazine is available. As we are not delivering they are available for collection from several places including the Community Shop and Church Lich Gate. I am grateful to Edward for editing an excellent second lock down edition and to all who contributed.

Thursday 28 May 

Good morning South Severnside,

Return to your home,

And declare how much God has done for you

(Luke 8:39)

What has God done for you whilst you have been at home?

On Saturday at 9.30am we will be meeting for Tea, Toast and Prayer without the Tea and Toast. So please join me to pray for Almondsbury and beyond:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85954659830?pwd=ZnY5cWUxRzlISHFkTnhhanowcU9Tdz09, Meeting ID: 859 5465 9830, Password: Prayer.

Friday 29 May

Good Morning South Severnside,

As Moses asked God to:

Appoint someone over the congregation...

So that they may not be like sheep without a shepherd

(Numbers 27:16,17)

How is God calling you to care for others?

Tomorrow at 9.30am we will be meeting for Tea, Toast and Prayer without the Tea and Toast. So please join me to pray for Almondsbury and beyond:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85954659830?pwd=ZnY5cWUxRzlISHFkTnhhanowcU9Tdz09, Meeting ID: 859 5465 9830, Password: Prayer.

The June Lich Gate magazine is available. As we are not delivering they are available for collection from several places including the Community Shop and Church Lich Gate. I am grateful to Edward for editing an excellent second lock down edition and to all who contributed.

From Ascension Day until Pentecost Sunday the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages us to join in with the global prayer ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Please look at  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ to see how you can participate.

Holy Trinity Church in London are running the Alpha Course on line on Wednesdays: htb.org/alpha. This is a good opportunity to explore life’s big questions.