Today our service theme is ‘Overcoming doubt’ from John 20: 24-31. Next week we will be looking at ‘God in a hard place’ from 1 Thessalonians 2:17 - 3:13.
Alan and Qamar are travelling around Pakistan visiting government officials, persecuted Christians, the teams who have helped us in Peshawar and meet some of the survivors of the suicide bomb blasts. Keep them in your prayers as the situation in Pakistan can be volatile and as they travel back this week.
Another of our 3 Weeks, 3 Questions Courses is starting this Wednesday 26th April and the following two Wednesdays. The course is ideal for those who have questions about the Christian faith, or who would like to know more. If you would like to come or know someone for who this would be suitable please see Andy Stammers or call the church office.
Please sign up on the board to come to our Curry Night this Saturday 29th April at 7pm when we will be hearing from our Ukrainian visitors. There will be Ukrainian songs, talks, stories from the Ukraine plus a delicious Indian Curry. There’s no charge, but in order to plan for numbers please sign the list on the noticeboard at the back or contact the church office this week to let us know you are coming.
Our Ukrainian team of nine people are arriving on Thursday evening and will be staying until Thursday 4th May. It’s their first time in England and they’ll be visiting London, Stonehenge, Lyme Regis and local projects. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear more from them this Saturday at the Curry Night and in next Sunday services.
The church prayer meeting this Tuesday, 25th April, at 9am will be at Judy and Sue's house. All welcome.
Come and join us again for some knitting and a bit of a natter. We will be meeting on Tuesday, 25th April, in the St James Lounge between 2-4pm.
Good Companions will be meeting on Wednesday, 26th April, at 2.30pm in the Institute with another visit from Geoff and Millie Merriden.
Family Group are meeting this Tuesday, 25th April, 7.45pm in the Institute with Caroline and Bill Gay about ‘Finding the Family’.
Please come and join us this Friday, 28th April, from 10am-12pm in the Institute. We have a great morning making cards, chatting and enjoy coffee & biscuits! All welcome.
Combe Hay Church are holding a Jumble Sale this Saturday, 29th April, 2pm - 4pm. Clothing, bags, shoes, books, CDs, toys, household items, bric-a-brac, garden stuff, tombola raffle and refreshments. Car parking available. A bargain for everyone!
The next SPORT walk will be on Saturday 6th May leaving church at 9.30am. All are welcome – just turn up at church. We will leave promptly at 9.30am for a walk of about 2 hours – you will be back for lunch. Everyone is welcome. John Garrett.
Tommy and Pat from South Africa will be coming to visit us from Thursday 18th May until Sunday 28th May. They will be speaking at our Parish Weekend and will also be with us the following Sunday.
If you would like to come on the Parish Weekend in May with Tommy and Pat from South Africa, please sign up as soon as possible. There are some booking leaflets on the board. If you have any questions, come and see me. Sandra Bain.
Congratulations to Andrew and Natalie Guest on the birth of Annabelle on Tuesday 4th April weighing 8lb 3oz.
If you would like to buy a DVD of Godspell, please put £11 in an envelope marked with your name and 'Godspell DVD' and hand in to the church office today. Cheques payable to 'St Philip and St James Church Drama Group'.
Wanted: empty plastic 2-litre pop bottles for a recycling project. Please drop them into Tim in the Church Office. Thank you.
Can you help hand out books and assist at our services. We need a few more sidespersons to help with a few simple jobs suitable for people of any age. If you would like to help please see Beryl Chilcott.
We’re running the Christianity Explored course for school parents again on Wednesdays from 3rd May to 28th June from 9am-10.15am. If anyone would like to help with teas or coffees we’d love some support. Please see Alex Eldridge for more details.
We need bedding for five of the Ukrainian visitors arriving 27th April who will be staying in the Manna House. We would be grateful for sleeping bags, duvets, blankets and pillows. Please bring to the church office in a bag labelled with your name so we know who to return it to afterwards.
Genesis Trust has organised a series of ‘Reflection Events’ in May open to all its volunteers. You can register for one of the half day sessions at a venue of your choice here: http://bit.ly/2pRnA3q or via the Volunteering page of the Genesis website www.genesistrust .org.uk. These events will be a great opportunity to hear about the charity’s future plans and a chance to network with volunteers from different projects.
Taken – Mark’s Gospel
"Taken" is the direct words of Mark’s gospel come to life through drama, music and sound effects performed in the open air by West End actor Lloyd Notice at Eden House, Hallatrow (BS39 6EA) on Sunday 14th May. Doors open 2.30pm, performance 3pm. Cream Teas, wine and soft drinks served in the interval. Tickets £10 (£25 family of 4) from www.buytickets.at/ edenhouse/93561. Proceeds to the NSPCC.
Garth Hewitt Concert
Come along to an evening with singer, songwriter and author Garth Hewitt, singing songs of struggle and hope, regrets and homecomings. It’s on Saturday 20th May at 7.30pm, in St Cyriac’s Church Lacock, SN15 2LB. Tickets £5 Adults, (£3 u16s) from 01249 249447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See poster on board for more details.
Songs of Praise Service
There’s a ‘Songs of Praise’ service especially appropriate to older people, including those living with dementia and their carers at Widcombe Baptist Church on Tuesday 23rd May at 11am. The service reflecting the worship preferences of older people will be 45 minutes maximum with refreshments to follow.
Genesis Trust is recruiting and has three new paid job opportunities available: Head of Fundraising (full-time) and Individual Giving Manager (part-time) - application deadline is 21st April. There’s also a part-time Project Assistant with Home for Good (which promotes fostering and adoption in the Christian community) – applications by 31st May. Details of all 3 posts are available on the Genesis website www.genesistrust.org.uk/about-us/ latest-vacancies.
Bath YFC are doing a prayer walk around the south side of the city (that is our side of the city) this Tuesday, 25th April. Please pray for them as they pray and walk from 9am -3.30pm. Thank you.