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AN UPDATE FROM GEORGE, Friday 29th May:

Dear Church Family,
 
As the bright weather continues I hope this finds you well.
 
I’m really thankful for the good weather and being in lockdown has made me notice and value our garden – we were given lettuces that have grown wonderfully and taste great, a sunflower challenge from the grandparents is in full swing, and a prize Lupin looks like flowering for the first time since being planted.  When Jesus spoke of people receiving the good news of the kingdom he declared the harvest was plentiful, and I hope that you have been able to pray with joyful expectation of harvest this week as we continue to join in Thy Kingdom Come and pray for people to come to faith in Jesus.  Shellie encouraged us last Sunday to attach our faith to Jesus’ words as we pray: the harvest is plentiful…
 
24 hours of prayer for Cumbria
Would you consider giving an hour on Saturday to pray for people across Cumbria to discover the love of Jesus for themselves?  There is a doodle sign up that covers the full 24 hours from 10am on Saturday to 10am on Sunday – so you can choose to join at any time, day or night!  Sign up here.

There is also a Cumbria wide prayer gathering on Zoom at 10am on Saturday 30th - email hello@gatewaychurchkendal.org or info@cumbriaprayer.net for the details.
 
Alpha Online
Richard and Jo Fothergill who live in Troutbeck and run South Lakes Filling Station are running an Alpha Online that is open and accessible to all.  Could you join with someone you know who’d like to do the course?  One of the 5 you’ve been praying for? Please pray that God will once again use Alpha powerfully in the lives of those taking part.  This will be launching on Wednesday the 3rd June. You can find details here. Please enter “Windermere”, “ Coniston”, “Staveley” , “Ulverston” etc and you will find it.  Or you can contact djspiby@gmail.com for more information.
 
 
Mental Health and Wellbeing 
As bright as it may be outside, these are challenging times for everybody, and all of us need support and kindness.  An excellent leaflet entitled “Every Life Matters” was distributed across the county a week ago during mental health awareness week, helpfully highlighting support for us as we look after ourselves and others during Covid-19 and I hope you have been able to see a copy.  Thank you for all the ways you are showing kindness and care, let’s keep in contact with each other…  click here for the Every Life Matters website. 
 
Bible Course 
The Bible Society’s Bible Course is coming to us locally via Zoom!
Find out more about it here
 
Rev. Mat Ineson, Rev. Angela Whittaker, and Rev Michael Woodcock are very much looking forward to sharing this course with us. It will happen on Tuesday evenings for 8 weeks beginning next Tuesday 2nd June at 7.30 pm. 
 
Each session lasts about an hour and will consist of some discussion, teaching videos which will be streamed to you via zoom, some time for personal reflection.  To sign up or for more information contact Mat on vicar@crosscrake.church. 
 
 
Pentecost
What do you sense God is saying to you in this season of your life – how is he calling you to share him and build up those around you in love?  I love the quote that Peter uses at Pentecost to explain the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem that morning.  He speaks from Joel 2, which explains God’s choice to pour out his spirit on all flesh, and promises that we will be a people, young and old, who prophesy (speak for God) and have visions and dreams (are inspired to work with God to change the world as we find it).  Perhaps this week you could journal to capture some of the dreams that God has given you and be open to dreams and visions that he wants to share with you – things that you can pray into, share and build with him – on earth as it is in heaven!  Speak to him about them, and those around you who encourage your life in Jesus. 
 
Our services will go live at 10am on Sunday on YouTube and Facebook (find via church front page), Have a look at this great song called GLOW from Spring Harvest that we are going to sing together

And don’t forget coffee after the service on Zoom! 
 
Church Prayer Meeting:
On Tuesday evening (5th May) we will host a whole church prayer meeting on Zoom at 7.30 – the link is in the email that went out on Friday, it will be lovely to see you! 
 
Thank you for praying this week, with much love and blessings,


George