Welcome to Worship this week
For Sunday 16 August until Saturday 22 August
A special welcome if you are joining us for the first time. We’d love to welcome you properly, so please get in touch with us through our dedicated email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at the resources below, and decide what you would like to use for your worship. There is a variety to suit all ages.
Set aside a time and a place (kitchen table, sofa) for God that works well for you. Try to keep Sunday special, but feel free to dip in to any of the resources at any time throughout the week.
If you are able to, you might like to print children’s or all age resources before you begin.
Then simply worship just where you are, knowing that you are still connecting with your St Andrew’s family.
Worship Suggestions for families with younger children:
Summer series for Skids (Sunday Kids) on the book of Daniel. Use either one per week or as a “Holiday at Home” club. This Sunday we’ll hear that Daniel explained another of King Nebuchadnezzar’s strange dreams – this time about a huge tree – and how it eventually changed the King’s selfish behaviour: click here.
Material for older children and youth. During the summer our Sunday youth group, Fusion, with the supporting youth material on this web page, is taking a break. If you are a young person, or worshipping with a young person, you are invited to use the materials below, and the video services on August 9 and 30.
We start our service with a welcome, opening prayers and confessional by Patrick Coad
Feel free to select from the songs offered, or use them all if you’d like to. You can sing out loud or listen to the music, whichever helps you worship. Our music this week has been chosen by Mike Kerslake.
Praise is Rising
Isn’t He Beautiful
Jackie Forde reads from Acts chapter 27, v13 – 20
Sermon by Revd. Kate Wyles
Response song: Faithful One
Prayers led by John Cossins
God, mark us with grace and blessing!
Let our lives reflect your light and your goodness,
so that the way in which we live might bring others to an awareness of your presence and your love.
Teach us to trust You with our whole heart,
and to praise You in every circumstance,
so that your grace and mercy might reach out through us to the entire world.
Closing hymn and song:
How Great Thou Art
Stormzy – Blinded by Your Grace
Zoom Church coffee on-line takes a break during August.
Open for Sunday worship
St Andrew’s will open for a short service of Holy Communion from Sunday September 6, at 10 am. There will be limited numbers, according to Government regulations, and, sadly, no singing. Face masks will be required. If you are among the group of people most vulnerable to Covid-19, Government and Church of England suggestion is that you avoid gathering in church, for now.
August Sermon Series: Surviving Storms
We begin with Jesus stilling the storm, and then journey by sea with St Paul, who is under guard on the way to Rome – involving a dramatic ship-wreck. Mostly we would like the storms we face in our lives to be stilled completely – but life isn’t always like that. We’ll look at how we can grow our trust of God within the storm conditions that we face.
St Andrew’s 2020 Summer Series for children on Daniel
Six sessions for Skids (Sunday Kids) on the book of Daniel. Use either one per week or as a “Holiday at Home” club. Every child in the Bubbles and Xstream groups have been sent a folder full of ideas and activities to do at home as a family. For more details, please contact Karin Rayner at email@example.com
Find this week’s material here: https://goldsworthpark.org.uk/wtw/daniel4
Andy’s Community Cafe re-opening
Mary and Amanda, our Andy’s Cafe managers, are planning to re-open on September 7. This will enable the Food-hub, currently running from the Cafe to continue through August. The first week of September will see a busy period of deep cleaning, re-stocking, baking and re-organising ready for the re-opening. Please let Patrick know if you can help with any of the cleaning or furniture moving in the cafe area.
Mailchimp – weekly church news email
If you’d like to be added to the distribution list for the weekly church email, send an email to Helen in the church office (but working at her home): firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pausing many of our activities to give our wonderful leaders a summer break, so there will be no Fusion, Andy’s Natter or Wednesday Prayer in the Morning on Zoom during August. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in – we will be back!
Prayer for our Mission Partners
Please check our Mission Far & Near web site www.goldsworthpark.org.uk/mission to see the latest news from our Mission Partners. They are all facing new and extensive challenges at this time and need our prayers.
For prayer requests to the prayer ministry team please email email@example.com. The requests are prayed for by St Andrew’s clergy and the prayer ministry team on duty this week; they are kept confidential to this group.