Weekly News Sheet

Newsheet 9/7/17

Baptism followed by Bring and Share Lunch:
A very warm welcome to the family and friends of those who are getting baptised and joining our church family this morning.
There is a mixture of emotions for us as we are also saying goodbye to Tony and Teresa. Tony and Teresa have given a huge amount to help build the church (often literally!) here in terms of skills, prayer, love, witness. It is a great loss to us that they are leaving but we wish them God’s blessing for their future down in sunny Dorset.
All are very welcome to stay for the lunch.

Summer at St Andrew’s:
Next week will be our last Kidztime before the leaders will have a break for the summer. We are very grateful to all who lead and teach our children and have been glad to welcome new helpers this term.

Our summer series this year focusses on Parables of the Kingdom. Jesus told many stories to show us what the Kingdom of God is like – so we will continue to have a Children’s focus and there will be activities linked to each story on the tables, so we will continue to be welcoming our children into church during the summer.
Cathy will be taking some annual leave and also be aiming to do just the three days a week that she is appointed to do here.

Helping those affected by the Grenfell Tower Tragedy.
Luton Council of Faiths and Grassroots are appealing for funds for their Rebuilding Lives initiative which is organising a day out to Wicksteed Park for families and children affected by the Grenfell Tower Tragedy. There is a poster at the back of the church which explains how to give if you would like to help the survivors rebuild their lives.

Noah Donations:
"Please can you give any donations for the Noah Shop in Luton to me personally, rather than putting them in the Noah Bucket. Thanks a lot!" Andrew

Intercessions for the sick or those in need:
If a name is in brackets on the news sheet please pray for this person at home but if you are leading intercessions then do not read their name out, as they have requested that their name is not mentioned in church. Please let Cathy know if you would like your name in brackets.

New Alpha Course:
We are running the new version of the Alpha course on Wednesday evenings in the Autumn term – This is a brilliant way to explore faith. All are very welcome.

Please pray for the sick and individuals in need:
 Pray for those with ongoing health needs: Paul and Janie Davies; Phil Scott, Ron and Julie, Mary and Ken Hudson, Eileen’s daughter Pauline, and Allan Briggs, Harry Smith, Jacki Chenery.
 Francine’s flatmate Siohben with extensive burns – the wound has got infected so pray that the infection responds to antibiotics.

Praying for our Community, Mission Partners and Ministry
 For Jenny in her ministry with the International Medical Corps.
 For Pat, Noel, Zoe, and Pete, after their baptism this morning that God would watch over them and lead them and guide them in their new life with him.
 For Tony and Teresa, as they move on Friday and for their new life in Dorset. Pray that God would lead them to a church where they can continue to grow and contribute to the body of Christ.
 YALU is having a sleep over in the garden on Friday night, please pray that they will all be safe, have a really good time and learn lots too.
 Please pray for the PCC as we meet this week as we pray for and discuss the way forward for the church.

 A big thank you to everyone who helped serve refreshments for the village day either here in church or in the Peter Edwards Hall. We were able to welcome a good number of people came in church and there were good conversations. Thank you too to Joyce for her rolling power point of the life of the church – lots of people made comments about images on this so it was a good conversation starter.
 Thank God that Tony and Teresa have found a new home to rent.
 We rejoice with Joan Duncombe that her 8 year old daughter in Germany has asked to be baptised - this is her own decision and she has been prepared with a small group of other children – pray that the local church and Joan as Grandma will be able to help nurture her faith.

Scripture for the week

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have and do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3v15)

Vicar: Rev' Cathy Pullinger (vicar@slipend.co.uk) Church Phone 01582 725061 - Church mobile 07425 148046 - Vicarage Phone 01582 480391
Churchwarden: Nick Sandle (723029)
Readers: Chris Barnes (725448) and Richard Palmer (462127)