AN UPDATE FROM GEORGE, Friday 18th September:
Dear Church Family,
Over the past week I found myself back in the letter to the Hebrews where we find the following encouragement:
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now the day of his return is near.”
It’s a good word for us in these strange times – and we have lots of opportunities respond to it and find ways to build up and bless and connect with others:
Beginning on September 29th, Alpha will be online here in Kendal, hosted by a group of our churches. People are signing up and I would encourage you to pray for the fruit of the course over the coming weeks, invite people you know who may be interested in joining in – and accompany them too! Find out more online here.
Part of the award winning work that Christians Against Poverty offer is the three week CAP Money course which is a great opportunity to build confidence with budgeting and take control of your finances. Gateway Church are hosting the course online from Monday 21st and three of our own church members are part of the team. Please spread the word and consider signing up. Find out more here. Or book book by emailing email@example.com
The Ordination service at Carlisle Cathedral on 26th September will be livestreamed on to the Cathedral Facebook page at 3pm, so please tune in! You can watch live at using this link.
Please pray for Vic as she begins her ordained ministry, and for Martin and Annabella too as they continue to settle in to life here in Kendal!
Our harvest celebration will be on October 4th and this year the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal begins a new commitment to two projects overseas. Over the next three years, the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal will be supporting the work of Christian Aid in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (IOPT) and Mother’s Union in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
If you would like to make a contribution to the bishops Harvest Appeal please clearly mark it as such and drop it to church.
We would also like to highlight the work of the King’s Foodbank here in Kendal. The Foodbank has been an extraordinary resource locally this year as demand has dramatically increased through lockdown. This spells out for us the impact of Covid-19 on people’s work and household circumstances, and the vulnerability of many in our community and I encourage you to consider donating to the foodbank at one of the many collection points in our local supermarkets over the coming weeks. The need is great.
A Note from Sheila Ibbotson
In previous years Sheila has sold Christmas Cards at Wednesday Lunchtimes in aid of the work of Actions Not Words in Kenya. We can’t host Wednesday lunches at the moment but if you wish to support her again this year please do contact her via the church office.
This year’s APCM will be held on Wednesday 14th October at 7.30 pm via Zoom. Under current guidance this is the most accessible way we can host the APCM. Details will follow – please do pray for our PCC and Wardens who will be elected for the year ahead – is God calling you to serve the church in either capacity?
I want to express huge thanks and admiration for our Tech Team who have worked to set up a live-stream of our Sunday services from church. Would you like to train up and join the tech team to run the livestream broadcast? We need you!
To come in person you can book a space at a Wednesday or Sunday service by emailing or phoning the church office. See all contact details here. We will take your name and your details and you will be allocated a seat in a seating plan so we can sit and remain socially distanced. The current guidance is that masks are to be worn, and we don’t sing – but that hasn’t stopped us worshipping! We ask everyone to cleanse hands on arrival, maintain social distance and leave carefully. We won’t be serving refreshments. If you have recently returned from overseas and are required to quarantine or you or someone you share a bubble with has tested positive for Covid 19 in the last 14 days we would ask you to follow guidance and wait until it is safe for you to book in at church.
As well as meeting in church this Sunday our livestream broadcast will be available at 10am on the church YouTube channel.
Our series on the Essential Church continues as we consider our call to be ‘The Praying Church’ – here are some questions to explore:
1. What do you think a praying church looks like? A praying church is….
2. Read through the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. What does this story teach you about prayer?
3. Read through Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2 and think about what her understanding of the character of God is. Spend some time praising God for his character.
4. Read Jesus teaching on prayer in Matthew 7:7-11. What does His teaching, teach you about prayer?
5. After spending time in both these passages describe the characteristics of God you are praying to.
6. Spend some time praying for people in the STK family this week, maybe those you know, those on the weekly prayer sheet or those who come to mind. In these times ask the Father who to pray for. Ask the Father to remind you of who He is (his character) and what characteristic he wants them to be reminded of. Ask the Father what his heart is for this person and their situation. Ask the Father what good gifts he wants to lavish upon them. Persevere and be expectant in prayer (Ask, Seek, Knock) for these people. Choose to believe what he tells you even if it is something you have not yet seen.
We will follow the service with our Zoom coffee time at 11am - please do join in and catch up!
I very much look forward to seeing you soon!
With love and every blessing,