The Inside Column 06/10

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Last week we had our Gift Day Celebration Combined Service, or GDCCS! It was great to come together to celebration all that God is doing through his body here at St Barnabas.

The amount gifted on the day was a little over $20.000 – an amazing blessing in so many ways, so much to be thankful for. If you were away last week and would still like to give, please just note your offering Gift Day.

One of the things I did not really touch on was the need for people to give their time – which might be the greatest gift we can give. Last Sunday someone come up to me and said, they had been in a church that had a Crèche, and a Sunday Club and then they had gone to a church that did not have these groups which was important to them. If you are a parent with children and you can leave them in Crèche or Sunday Club for even one hour, that can be a great blessing for the parent. We are look for people to help with these groups, if you would like to be involved (you go on a roster so it’s only once a month) can you speak to Greta or ring David in the office. The more people we have in these team the easier it is for everyone. You might worship in the 8.30am Service and stay and serve in the Crèche or Sunday club during the second service.

Next week is our Diocese Synod. what is a Synod I hear you say? A Synod is the council of a church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. Yes it is lots of fun! We have three synod members Angela Galbraith, Matt McDonald and David Featherstone. Please keep this year’s Synod in your prayers this week. It will be Bishop Steve’s first Synod, and in a lot of ways a new season for the Anglican Church here at the top of the south.

The church office will be closed this week from Wednesday as David is involved with helping to run Synod out at Richmond so if you have any notices for next weeks pewsheet or any other tasks please let him know by Tuesday.

I have been working on a joint Christmas event with the Stoke Community Group called Jingle Bells, which grew out of Shine (Carols on the Lawn) which has been held at the Isel Market for the last couple of years. This event is being held on the Sunday 8 December from 4.00pm until 8.00pm in Greenmeadows Park Can you put the date in you diaries or mark it on your calendar. We will be needing some volunteers for the evening to help in lots of different things. We will let you know closer to the event.

God Bless

Phil

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