Spotlight News for 21st February 2021

 

 

Sunday 21st February 2021

Year Of The Bible Scripture Readings

As part of our Year of the Bible we are highlighting two readings each week.  During the year, these will combine to show the full story of the Bible - from creation to new creation.  This week’s readings are:

Genesis 15:  1 – 21              God’s Covenant with Abram

Genesis 21:1 – 22:19          Isaac’s Birth and ‘Sacrifice’

Full details on this collection of readings is available on our website in the Year of the Bible section or https://www.brockenhurstchurch.com/yearofthebible/weekly-readings/

The video produced by The Bible Society will this week explore ‘Messiah and Love’. 

 

Lent Programme 2021

On Wednesdays through Lent there will be a service of Night Prayer at 7pm at which members of our community will be sharing something of how the bible has been a support and encouragement to them.  Revd Mary Nicholson will be sharing of how the Bible has helped and encouraged her on 24th February.  A full programme of services and others events for Lent can be found on our website.

‘#Live Lent - Let your light shine’ is the title of an on-line study course at 7.30pm on Monday evenings during Lent, starting on 22nd February.   Participants should have a booklet (£2.99) which can be ordered from the Church Office or Diane Webster, allowing time for delivery.   

For more information about taking part please contact the Revd Diane Webster webster.dianem@googlemail.com or John Pearson johnmpearson@gmx.co.uk

 

Lent calendar on the church website

Please use this calendar as an invitation to spend time with God during Lent.

There is a new picture available every day and you can go back and see previous days.

 

Rwanda Lent Appeal 2021 – Covid Recovery and Pastor Training

Rwanda like nearly every country has been affected by the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic; strict lockdown conditions are in force and many are unable to earn a daily wage.  Local churches have set up foodbanks, but without income from regular church services, pastors themselves are facing severe hardship.  There is also still a priority that all Christian ministers have a university education, so please help us to provide bursaries for pastors to continue in ministry; and funds to support the community during this pandemic.  There are Lent Collection boxes and small envelopes in St Saviour's & St Nicholas’ porch, please help yourself.  Boxes and envelopes to be returned by Easter Sunday.

 

Journeying with Jesus this Lent

What might it mean to Love and Live and Serve with Jesus? How might a Rule (or Rhythm) of Life help us to grow and be more fruitful in our relationships with God, with each other, and with the communities we’re part of?

The sessions will be held on Zoom, led by the Revd Sally Dakin.

Take time to reflect on one of these short online retreats:

Tuesday 23rd February           2-4.30pm

Wednesday 3rd March            10am-12.30pm

Friday 12th March                   10am-12.30pm

Monday 15th March                 2-4.30pm

 

Each session has:

Introduction and Prayer (online)      

Time alone (offline)                                       

Plenary and Prayer (online)  

 

Previous participants said:

‘a really good morning – I feel refreshed and inspired’

‘a wonderful breath of fresh air’

‘a gentle and inspiring afternoon’

‘a warm and welcoming environment despite the limitations of technology’

 ‘very useful’; ‘really helpful’; ‘just right’.

 

Enquires to sally.dakin@winchester.anglican.org

Bookings to wendy.atkinson@winchester.anglican.org

Take a little time out to listen to Jesus’ invitation.

 

Our Mission of the Month for February is SAT-7; for details of this charity and the work being done please visit www.sat7uk.org

 

OPEN – Sunday 28th February at 5pm Our topic this time is Christianity and Science – Contradictory or Complementary? Please come and join us on Zoom – the link is the normal service link on the front page of the website. There will be plenty to think about and discuss – if you want the questions in advance please let the Mosses or Pearses know.     

 

World Day of Prayer – Friday 5th March 2pm

(A women led, global, ecumenical movement formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer)

The World Day of Prayer Service, written by Christian women, is held on the first Friday of March each year in churches around the world. The service this year has the theme ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’ and has been written by the women of Vanuatu, (located in the South Pacific Ocean).

We are inviting people to join together ‘virtually’ via the link on the World Day of Prayer website (wwdp.org.uk).  Copies of the service sheet will be available for collection at St. Saviour’s from Sunday 28th February - please do take one and pray along with the on-line service.

Donations can be made via their website, wwdp.org.uk or for other options please see March edition of the Parish Magazine.

 

The Church of England is here for you - Daily Hope

During this Coronavirus pandemic whatever situation you are in we know that this is a difficult time, so we hope that this free phone line can help bring you God’s comfort and peace.  The Church of England has set up a free phone-line of hymns, reflections and prayers.  The content is updated regularly and there are many different items to listen to all in the comfort of your own home. 

The free phone number is 0800 804 8044. 

 

Changes in the Parish Office

Following our recruitment process in November & early December we are pleased to announce that Nikki Cullingford will be joining the team as the new Senior Parish Administrator from 2nd March replacing Sharon Dibden who is retiring after many years service.

There will be chance on 28th February during the 10.30am Worship Service to celebrate and thank Sharon.  Further information to follow.

 

Citizen of the Year Award

Joyce Kolaczkowski has been awarded one of the Citizen of the Year Awards for her work with Brockcare, in particular for 2020 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  A village-wide group of volunteers was set up and have been shopping; collecting prescriptions; and making phone calls to the elderly and vulnerable in the village. She also co-ordinates a group of pastoral visitors throughout the village.  Elaine Chester was also awarded a Citizen of the Year for helping set up Care Cars, offering patients transport to medical appointments and for organising a series of virtual events at the village hall to keep volunteers and users engaged.  Esther Browne also collected an award for Derek who had worked tirelessly as our village GP and as President of the Friends of Brockenhurst.    

 

Brockcare's Coronavirus Team and our many wonderful volunteers across the village are on 'stand-by' to offer help once again as restrictions are in force as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. These are worrying times for the elderly and vulnerable especially, and for those who may have to self-isolate. If you hear of anyone in our village who may need help with shopping etc. please ask them to phone the Church Office on 624584.

 

Brockcare – If you hear of anyone in the village who is sick, elderly, lonely or bereaved and who might welcome a visit from one of our Pastoral Visitors, please contact Sharon Dibden in the Church Office on 624584.

 

A prayer for those affected by the current Coronavirus pandemic

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

ECO Church Weekly tip – February’s theme is getting to grips with your bills

More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you around £75 a year.