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
Permissions and guidelines are constantly changing and being reviewed. However, it is likely that church buildings will be allowed to open soon. Initially this will be for private, individual prayer. You may feel the need to spend time in the quiet space of church to find peace and reflect on what has been happening over recent weeks. If you came to church for this, you would be joining many others through the centuries who have done the same at difficult times. The church is not normally left open, but if there is a need for it to be used as such, we would love to make this happen, as a once off or more regularly. Please do be in touch with your thoughts about this, particularly if you would like to use it as a ‘prayer space’.
Revd John Saxon
Team Vicar 01799 541619
10.00am on Sunday Virtual Service
6.00pm on Wednesday midweek Worship and Word prayer group
Please contact John for details.
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Like many of us, I like to watch the news bulletins. Thankfully, in recent days, other items of news now gets reported beside the pandemic. Unfortunately as I write this, there are many protests come riots showing outrage and heartfelt emotion at the recent death of George Floyd in America at the hands of police officers. Black lives do matter, as does every life, and one wonders how many more will be lost until we come as nations of the world to live as one.
I am reminded of a 2017 film I have watched – The Same Kind of Difference as Me. This is the story of an American white couple rebuilding their marriage when working in a mission project for homeless people. They love an angry and violent black man to form a friendship and trust between the three of them that begins to change not just themselves but their town also. Of course, the couple’s love for one another is rekindled too. It is well worth a watch. The title for the film (based on true life events) comes from words the black man says ‘I thought I was different, but I have come to realise that everybody is different – the same kind of difference as me.’
This is a profound truth. My wife Dawn is struggling with a rather complex jigsaw and finding she is having to re-position some pieces to make sure it fits altogether. Lots of pieces look the same but each has their unique place to make the perfect whole. That is the reality in our world too. We may look the same or look very different. In essence, though, we are all different but destined to fit well together in our global community.
This was the hope of the early church, although imperfect then as now there are still divisions. It is a recurring theme in the teaching of the Apostle Paul. For example, he said to the church in Galatia, ‘There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.’ (Galatians 3v28). God’s love is for all and so should ours be.
I wonder if we can begin to see what is the same in each other. See that we have the same needs, hopes and dreams, rather than just see our differences. After all, everybody is different, the same kind of difference as me.
If we meet on a walk around the villages, probably with my cairn terrier in tow, do say hello. It has been lovely to meet people this way, particularly during our exercise walks. It would be good share differences.
Revd John Saxon
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