Giving in Grace is a brief biblical look at Christian giving. On this page you will find two sermons preached in church in February encouraging us all to review our Christian Giving. This was before the coronavirus pandemic but is particularly timely now as with church services suspended our service collections are no longer available. Giving in Grace reminds us to see we have everything through God’s grace. Our response therefore should be thoughtful, purposeful and sacrificial as part of our worship. Committing to giving regularly is part of this, and although contributing to the collection plate is a legitimate and valued response, now is a good time to consider regularly giving through a bank standing order. It does not rely on church attendance and ensures your intention of giving to the mission and ministry of the church is not neglected.
May I encourage you to listen to the sermons, perhaps for a second time if you were at church in February, and if you are able and willing to set up a regular means of bank payment to the church. Our Treasurer, Mrs Fran Johnson will be able to assist with this. Remember, Gift Aid your donation if you are a taxpayer as we get an extra 25p for every pound given.
Many thanks for your support.
Rev’d John Saxon
Mrs Fran Johnson
Wimbish Parochial Church Council are delighted to announce that the Revd John Saxon has been appointed as Team Vicar in the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry with special responsibility for the Parishes of Debden and Wimbish.
The Service of Licensing by the Bishop of Colchester will be on Tuesday June 2nd via Zoom at 5.30pm.
Please contact John for information to access the service.
This post is equivalent to 2 days a week plus Sundays.
Don't forget the Virtual Services
10.00am on Sunday
6.00pm on Wednesday midweek Worship and Word prayer group
Please contact John for details.
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Coronavirus (Covoid 19) Infection April 2020
Following the initial fast changing situation, Wimbish Church, following guidance from the Government, the Church of England and the Diocese of Chelmsford continues to be be shut for public services and for private prayer. Unfortunately, until things change there will be no Sunday Services, church activities or meetings until further notice.
Please be assured that the church, the body of people living out their lives as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, have not shut down, nor gone away. In these changing times we are learning to live our lives differently, as we are all having to do.
The Church of England and Chelmsford Diocese has released many resources to help people pray at home, including bible reading and reflections and livestreaming services from some places. There are also the normal regular services and some extra ones broadcast on Radio 4. Other resources and links will also be available on the church website and that of St Mary’s Saffron Walden. Links may be found below.
As the local church, the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry aim to produce some resources regularly. In Wimbish, principally this will be a Grapevine News sheet, a simple liturgy to use with the Sunday bible readings along with some thoughts and reflections and associated prayers. These will be on the St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden website. I hope to lead a service at home following these resources via a conferencing app Zoom. Details of this can be obtained by contacting me as below. At a local level in the village, the church will make sure people without internet access have resources they need. Please contact me in the first instance if you wish to receive information in other ways.
Of course, the church is here to help serve the community and if anyone has need of shopping, prescription pick-ups or similar help, again please contact me in the first instance. In days of being at home and isolating ourselves, now may be a good chance to catch up with each other with a friendly phone call, particularly to those we know to be more alone. It is interesting to see the different communities pulling together to help each other. Christ calls us to love one another and it seems now is the time to do just that. May we all know the love of God through the good works, kindness and thoughtful relationships we have between us.
Rev’d John Saxon
Asst Curate, Saffron Walden and Villages Team ministry
01799 541619 07484 332734 email@example.com
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The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding
Our safeguarding representative is Mary Curtis 01799 524784 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is remarkable how adaptable and creative we can be. I have been amazed at the range of wonderful resources people have put online for the use of others – ranging from virtual PE lessons to assist with the home schooling, to a plethora of professional and amateur teach yourself cooking, dancing, crafting and so on, as well as the empathetic blogs offering wisdom and solace to those in need. Of course, there has been the ‘real’ support for each other too with shopping trips, prescription pick-ups and the friendly chat by phone or in person, at an appropriate distance!
It seems to me that business has not been slow to adapt to our new lockdown realities either, with TV adverts quickly produced to meet the current situation. I was struck by one for a building society that had excerpts from a video diary, obviously intended to be viewed when the coronavirus crisis had passed. It said something like, ‘Do you remember the time when people asked how you are and really meant it?’
This may strike a chord with you and certainly made me question my motives and actions. It says something about the superficialness of our society. ‘If all is well on the surface, then all is well,’ is generally our attitude. In the past we have lived in danger of being too busy to be really concerned for others. Yet, in this season of a slower pace of life, where we have been more aware of each other’s needs and our interrelatedness, deeper connection and understanding has come to the fore. We have had the time and the concern for others – asking ‘How are you?’ has real meaning.
I write at the time when some restrictions are beginning to be lifted. I hope and pray the social restrictions continue to be reduced and the virus threat is controlled. As we adapt to the ease of restrictions and morph into a new norm of society, I hope we can learn lessons from this unexpected season. Let us not rush too fast into our old ways but hang on to our interconnectedness and concern for others.
Jesus came to show a new way of life with social values and actions contrary to the norm. They are best known as the Beatitudes (beautiful attitudes) found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5. Bishop and theologian Tom Wright, in his commentary says ‘Jesus isnot just giving moral commands. He is unveiling a whole new way of being human. No wonder it looks strange. But Jesus himself pioneered it and invites us to follow.’ Following the example of Jesus, we should prefer the needs of the other, support the orphan and widow, uphold equity and justice and show love and care to all. We are beginning to do this in a different way. May we continue to do so long after the virus threat is over.
So, let us ask each other ‘How are you?’ and mean it always.
Revd John Saxon
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