All Age Service & Supports no 5

Dear Friends, Parents and Carers

INTERNET SAFETY continues to be a high priority in these days. If you scroll down you will see that I’m forwarding the fortnightly message and resources from CEOP.

here’s the YouTube link for our All Age Service and Supports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vJs5DQh5QY&list=PLR30UrpUWzn7UfNbQg074aD5zc1EfQEBz

I do hope it’s a great help and encouragement for you in these extraordinary circumstances.

Each week I sift through and filter the vast array of resources being shared on the internet, and this week I’ve attached 3 as listed below.

  1. Children’s worksheetabout this week’s service theme: including a word search, crossword, maze and a picture for colouring.
  2. 10 Ways Coronavirus Can Change Your Life for the Better
  3. Do we really want to revert back to ‘Normal’ after  Quarantine

On previous weeks I’ve supplied these articles below… do let me know if you’d like any sent to you.

  1. 5 Dos and Don’ts of Home schooling Your Older Student During COVID-19
  2. 6 Expert Tips for Home schooling During Quarantine
  3. 9 Steps to Care for Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus
  4. 10 Comforting Bible verses to memorize during the coronavirus quarantine:
  5. 50+ Child friendly Jokes and riddles
  6. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus without Instilling Fear
  7. 5 Fun Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Quarantine
  8. 5 Powerful Prayers for Peace amidst Pandemic Fear
  9. 5 Steps to Fearless Parenting in the Wake of Coronavirus
  10. 10 Powerful Prayers for Everyone Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis
  11. 6 Tips to Make Quarantine Home-schooling Easier and More Rewarding
  12. Why Everyone Is Emotionally on Edge Right Now, and Why That’s Okay

I’m including on our ‘SUPPORTS’ section of the playlist, a weekly video release that my son Nathan has created for the youth of St Mary’s Fetcham where he’s their youth worker.  Feel free to send either Nathan or me any results from the fun challenges he sets.

Plus here’s the excellently Scouts website with over 100 great indoor activites.

https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/?size=Individuals,Pairs&setting=Indoors

Do get in touch with any feedback or suggestions for future offerings.

If your child would like to video themselves doing a reading or other script etc do get in touch, I’d love to include them.

My plan is to send a fresh emailed offering each week during this Coronavirus, do let me know if you’d like to be removed from this mailing.

Love and prayers

Alistair
akghinn@gmail.com

All Age Service

Dear Friends, Parents and Carers

here’s the YT link for our All Age Service and Supports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A63lZtZCfsI&list=PLR30UrpUWzn4TFgzbvImHpXLvbUvvmr1o

I do hope it’s a great help and encouragement for you in these extraordinary circumstances.

Each week I sift through and filter the vast array of resources being shared on the internet, and this week I’ve attached 4 as listed below.

  1. Children’s worksheetcalled ‘Believe it or not’ about this week’s service theme: including a word search, crossword, maze and a picture for colouring.
  2. 10 Powerful Prayers for Everyone Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis
  3. 6 Tips to Make Quarantine Home-schooling Easier and More Rewarding
  4. Why Everyone Is Emotionally on Edge Right Now, and Why That’s Okay

On previous weeks I’ve supplied these articles below… do let me know if you’d like any sent to you.

  1. 5 Dos and Don’ts of Home schooling Your Older Student During COVID-19
  2. 6 Expert Tips for Home schooling During Quarantine
  3. 9 Steps to Care for Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus
  4. 10 Comforting Bible verses to memorize during the coronavirus quarantine:
  5. 50+ Child friendly Jokes and riddles
  6. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus without Instilling Fear
  7. 5 Fun Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Quarantine
  8. 5 Powerful Prayers for Peace amidst Pandemic Fear
  9. 5 Steps to Fearless Parenting in the Wake of Coronavirus

 

I’m including on our ‘SUPPORTS’ section of the playlist, a weekly video release that my son Nathan has created for the youth of St Mary’s Fetcham where he’s their youth worker.  Feel free to send either Nathan or me any results from the fun challenges he sets.

Here’s an excellent new video from Alan Mackenzie about Internet safety for your family.

http://aacoss.org/parents/#after_section_1

Plus here’s the excellently Scouts website with over 100 great indoor activites.
https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/?size=Individuals,Pairs&setting=Indoors

Do get in touch with any feedback or suggestions for future offerings.

If your child would like to video themselves doing a reading or other script etc do get in touch, I’d love to include them.

My plan is to send a fresh emailed offering each week during this Coronavirus, do let me know if you’d like to be removed from this mailing.

Love and prayers

Alistair

Easter Sunday Service 2020

Easter Sunday Service 2020

Kat Walker and Stephen Everard, with the help of others, put together a virtual Easter Sunday Service.

You can access the YouTube playlist on this link.

Responses

Opening prayer ends… The Lord has risen. Hallelujah.
Respond: He is risen indeed. Hallelujah.

Prayer of confession: …Lord have mercy.
Respond: Lord have mercy.

…Christ have mercy.
Respond: Christ have mercy.

Creed response:
We believe and trust in Him.

Final blessing response:
Thanks be to God. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

(Singing credits due to Ken Maddison on the last 2 hymns.)

Holy Week Services

They will be streamed on the cathedral website: https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/

Monday of Holy Week
April 6, 7:30pm Compline and Address (audio only) Led by the Chancellor, Dan Inman

Tuesday of Holy Week
April 7, 7:30pm Compline and Address (audio only) Led by the Dean, Stephen Waine

Wednesday of Holy Week
April 8, 7:30pm Compline and Address (audio only) Led by the Precentor, Tim Schofield

Maundy Thursday
April 9, 12 noon Renewal of Ordination Promises
7:30pm The Eucharist

Good Friday
April 10, 3:00pm The Liturgy for Good Friday

Easter Day
April 12, 10:30am The Eucharist and renewal of Baptism promises

Job Vacancies

NMPCC Treasurer
Job description
1. Maintain the records of all receipts and payments (in Xero)
2. Maintain the bank accounts and online banking facility
3. Make payments
4. Ensure all receipts are banked correctly
5. Calculate the monthly wages for the organist and report to HMRC
6. Prepare reports, payments and fund balances for the PCC
7. Prepare the annual financial statements for the PCC
8. Arrange for the independent examination of the annual financial statements
9. Arrange annual insurance and utility contracts

NMPCC Stewardship
Job description
1. Maintain the Parish Giving Scheme
2. Consider the needs of the church activities financially and encourage all members of the congregation to give
3. Maintain the gift aid registers and submit gift aid claims
4. Raise funds from other sources by applying for grants from trusts, foundations and other sources where required.

Holy Week Reflection

Dear Friends

Whether you are reading this online, through one of the social media outlets, via e-mail or post we want to wish you a Happy Easter and to share a few thoughts with you at this strange and difficult time.

Sunday 5th April is Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week when Christians traditionally remember, and in some way try to journey with, Jesus on his road to the cross and then on to that glorious first Easter Day.

But, of course, this Holy Week will be like no other with the people of our communities trying to cope with the implications of lock down and social distancing.
I wonder what the impact of these past two to three weeks has been for you? For all of us, at the very least, it will have meant the self-imposed restriction of what we consider to be our normal way of life; an inability to go out other than for a bit of exercise or essential shopping, the loss of face to face contact with family and friends. For some, it will have resulted in an increased struggle to live without the support and networks we have hitherto relied upon. For all of us there will have been anxiety; concerns for ourselves and for those closest to us. And for some, it may have meant illness and even the loss of someone very dear to us.

What has the Christian Gospel, and especially the events of Holy Week, to say to us in this situation? I invite you to look with me at what Jesus experienced in those last days of his earthly life. If you have a Bible, I invite you to read these events for yourself. Each of the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) record them from slightly different perspectives but, I hope you agree, the power and truth of what happens speaks through each page we read.
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (e.g. Matthew 21: 1-11). The crowds cheered him as the one who was going to free them from Roman oppression, but they missed the symbolism of Jesus entering not on a warrior’s stallion but on a donkey, and quickly turned against him when their hopes were not fulfilled in the way they had hoped.

On Maundy Thursday, we see Jesus with his friends preparing to eat what would be his final meal with them. According to John’s Gospel (John chapter 13; verses 1 – 17), Jesus does what only a servant was meant to do and washes his disciples feet. Not only is he setting his disciples an example, that they are called to serve others, but he is saying to them that they, and we, need to let Jesus minister to us – “If I do not wash your feet…..you will no longer be my disciple”.
That what Jesus is about to go through the next day was for us, for you and me, is made even starker when he takes a piece of bread from the supper table, breaks it and says to his disciples “This is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22: 19) and then picks up the cup and passes it round the table with the words “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you”. Jesus is saying that his death, which he knows he must face, will be for all of us.

We then follow Jesus into his favourite garden, Gethsemane, where he has previously spent many hours in prayer. He emotionally wrestles with what lies ahead for him (Matthew 26: 36-46). He begs God for another way; a way that will spare him the agonies of crucifixion, yet his ultimate wish is to do the will of God and his final prayer in the garden is one of acceptance, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done”.

Within minutes of this prayer being completed, Jesus is arrested, betrayed by one of his closest friends. His other friends desert him and he is left alone to experience a rigged trial, cruel beatings and the ignominy of carrying his own method of execution through the streets of the city into which he had, only a few days earlier, entered a hero.

He dies a traitor’s death, watched by a few jeering soldiers and, further away, a few women including his own mother.

If this was the final act in the drama, it would be a sorry tale. But we know that his death was not the end. Two days later the tomb, heavily guarded by a massive boulder and by armed soldiers, was empty and Jesus began to appear to various people. They didn’t immediately recognise him but Jesus made himself known to them as their risen Lord. He called faithful, desperate Mary by her name and she knew it was Jesus. He journeyed with two dispirited disciples; their hearts were excited as he explained to them what had needed to happen and they recognised him when he broke bread with them at supper. They knew it was Jesus. He made himself personally known to the disbelieving Thomas, even inviting him to look at his wounded hands and thrust his hand into the gaping hole in his side. Thomas knew that it was Jesus but not just Jesus, his friend, but “my Lord and my God” (John 20: 28).

And history was changed for ever. Death was defeated. New life was given, not just to Jesus, but is now available to all who are prepared to place their trust in him, to all who are prepared to allow him to bring his healing into their lives, to all who are willing to take those first tentative steps of following him.

But I return to my earlier question. What has all this got to say to our present situation?

If we are feeling alone, cut off from people we love, we find a fellow sufferer in Jesus who had to experience his darkest times without the support of the friends he cared most about.

If we feel God has deserted us then we are not alone. The words of Jesus on the cross tear across the centuries to us – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27: 46).

If we are suffering, physically or emotionally, we can reach out to the one who experienced the emotional trauma of Gethsemane and the physical agony of the cross. We have a God who knows and who cares. He has been there himself. He did it for us.

Above all, I believe the events of Holy Week and Easter Day give us a reason to hope in our darkest places. Good Friday is followed by Easter Day. The darkness that came upon the earth when Jesus died (Matthew 27:45) was swallowed up by the light of that first Easter Dawn.

As a church we are keen to keep in touch with you and be available to you as much as possible. We will be doing our best to maintain contact with you by phone. We also encourage you, if you are able, to please access our websites or other social media outlets (see below for details), through which we will be providing information about services and other resources to help and encourage you. And you are welcome to ring us if you need practical help or want someone to talk to.

St Stephen’s Church

Church Wardens:

Lynn Mears
Email: mearslynn55@gmail.com
Tel: 537190 / 07548177638

Robert Leeder
Email: roboleedo@yahoo.com
Tel: 07760580044

Website: ststephensnorthmundham.co.uk
Facebook: @StStephensNorthMundham
Twitter: @StStephMundham
Instagram: StStephensMundham
Weekly email newsletter: subscribe on eepurl.com/bYlqGf

Stephen Everard, Assistant Curate
Email: jsne@talktalk.net
Tel: 375858 / 07407354021

Katrina Walker, Reader
Email: katchi_@hotmail.com
Tel: 778959 / 07443942922

May we, whatever our circumstances, ask God to help us to find him in the midst of our difficulties and concerns and to know the hope and the life that he brings us.

May God Bless You and all whom you love and care for

Stephen

‘All Age Service and Support’ YouTube Playlist +++

Dear Friends, Parents and Carers,

I’d like to share with you an All Age Service on a ‘YouTube Playlist’ for you to experience in your homes.

By clicking on this link you’ll go straight to the first video in the playlist…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r2whA_sw4o&list=PLR30UrpUWzn6opqoeq-nzoAuPkGyH8yVA&index=1

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with such internet things.

Once it opens it starts and runs automatically; if you want it on full screen, click on the square in the bottom right hand corner.

If possible use a computer rather than a phone, to help you read the words on my monitor.

On the first video I give some explanations to help you manage and get the best from this Playlist.

This YouTube playlist, is not just a ‘Worship Service’ but also each week it’ll have ideas and suggestions with family creative activities, worship, devotionals and keep fit!!!  I refer to these as ‘Supports’.

I’ve been feeling very mindful of the new challenges so many of you are facing with so much time at home with the children and young people, so I want to do anything I can to support and encourage you.

I’ve been sifting through and checking out loads of resources online and each Saturday I will hopefully offer you a fresh batch along with a new All Age Worship Service.

Please send me any good ideas that you’re happy for me to share with others.

Even if you don’t have children at home, feel free to forward this onto any friends and family who may benefit.

The SCOUTS have produced a fantastic resource: sharing over 100 fun ideas for the ‘Great Indoors’. Click on this link and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

Some of you have already received the excellent CEOP Internet Safety activities email below mine. If not do check it out… the internet can be a great blessing, but also there are great risks / dangers and this season of restricted outside opportunities, children and young people are so vulnerable with everything so available online.

If you’d like any further e safety suggestions do get in touch.

I’ve attached 3 ‘word’ docs, 2 for adults / parents and 1 for children or the young at heart.

This season is an extraordinary new challenge in so many ways.

Some of you are working harder than ever and for that, the rest of us are so very thankful.

Even though we’re physically separated, this a simple way we can keep in touch to share whatever care and support we’re able.

With love

Alistair
Email: akghinn@gmail.com

National Broadcast at 8am on Sunday 22nd March

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast at 8am on Sunday 22nd March, as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis

The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday at 8am as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold.

Churches of all major denominations will also be marking a national day of prayer and action this Sunday – Mothering Sunday – particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services.

blessings
Alistair