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15/01/2021
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble" Psalm 46: 1

Hannah used this verse in Morning Prayers online on Thursday this week. It is a very helpful verse, it reminds us that God is our hiding place. God is our strength. God is ever present with us. 

God is our help in times of trouble. Let's keep reminding ourselves of these eternal truths.

In these tragic weeks where we are losing so many people to COVID-19, we need to hold onto God more than ever before.

We also need to keep each other connected, so why not lift up the phone today and ring that person, that friend, that relative or that neighbour who might just be desperate to be kept connected today.

David

Rev David McDougall
Rector of SMB
Important Contact Information
 
For Pastoral Support and Help:
07434 984909
For the Church Office:
office@stmarysbletchley.org
Our Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/stmarysbletchley
Private Prayers: Please note that private prayers on a Wednesday will not be operating until further notice. We are so thankful for the group of volunteers that have opened the church and manned it for us so that we could share some private time with God.

Sunday 17th January 2021,10am

Our service will start at 10am
and will be available at www.facebook.com/stmarysbletchley

 
Please Note: New log in details will be needed to join the Zoom Catch Up and will be advertised during the service.

We will be opening up Zoom, for about 30 minutes, after the online service to provide an opportunity for prayer and for a chat - similar to the time that would normally happen at the end of a service if we were in the church building.

The details of how to log in will be shown near the end of the service so don't switch off straight away! So make sure you have pen and paper handy, or pause or rewind the video.

If you have updated to the latest version of Zoom (5.4.3) then, when you log in, you should be able to choose if you wish to join a chat group or a group for prayer. If not, a member of the St Mary's Team will be able to allocate you to a room after you have logged in.

Here are some links to the Zoom Help Centre if you need it:
General help
How to join a meeting
How to update to the latest version of Zoom
This week we will be looking at being a disciple and follower of God.

The craft this week will be drawing around your foot. You will need:
  • paper
  • pens
  • scissors

Here are some activities to do: Here are some videos for you to watch:

Douglas Talks: Imitating Christ

Every Move I Make - Dance-a-long 

Worship Song: 
Follow the leader, Jesus Christ the King

Wednesday 10am Zoom Communion Services


We are now holding Communion services over Zoom on Wednesdays at 10am.

Anyone who wishes to join can use these log in details up to, and including, Wednesday 3rd February so please keep a note of them:
ID 816 7767 0947
Passcode 581881

Word and Spirit:
Let's Talk About Mental Health

A Zoom panel discussion chatting about Mental Health and how it impacts our faiths and lives.

The panel will be made up of Diane Young (qualified counsellor), Chris Hermes (retired GP), Steve Snook (part of the pastoral team) and Robin Gandy (someone who has wrestled with their mental health).

This session will be a deep and honest conversation around Mental Health, so please be aware that some of the material may act as a trigger. There will be a space for questions and dialogue, so please do join in.

To book your place go to 
https://smbwordandspiritmentalhealth.eventbrite.co.uk
Ask Us Anything

Do you have questions about faith, the Bible or God? Or do you know someone asking questions you are not sure about how to a
nswer?

SMB is starting a new strand called 'Ask Us Anything'. Peter explains more in the video below.

You can submit your question one of two ways:
  1. Email your question to peter.landry@stmarysbletchley.org or
  2. Go to www.sli.do, use event code SMB and type your question there (you do not need to set up an account).
We will not publicise who asked the question so you will be anonymous.
St Joseph's, Newton Leys

St Joseph's, Newton Leys, is the pioneer church linked to St Mary's in our parish. It is headed by Rev Ben Thorpe and is currently continuing online. You can follow what they are doing on Facebook here. 
A service provide by Oxford Diocese
Giving To St Mary's 
In these times when we are unable to meet in the Church building together, your donations are just as important to us as they have always been.  Your offerings mean we can continue to serve our community both practically and spiritually, worship, and connect with each other and maintain our buildings ready for when we can open again. 
Virtual Church is a real blessing, but it does mean physically making your offering interesting if you make your offering via the collection plate.  The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has responded to this need and it is now possible to sign up to the scheme over the phone. Please call them on 0333 002 1271, remembering to have to hand St Mary’s Bletchley Parish Code which is 270627709 and know that we are in the Diocese of Oxford.  If you would like further information you can have a look on their website  https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk/for-donors/    

Or if you would prefer to make a one-off donation then please email me and I can tell you how to do this.  nicky.whitmore@stmarysbletchley.org 
Thank you.
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