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Thought for the Day by Giles Cockman (BH Member)
My daily reading today contained two verses from Ephesians 3 16-17.
16 I pray that according to the riches of his glory he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being
17 with power through his Spirit and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
The final words talk about being rooted and grounded in love and this concept resonated as I had been spending all afternoon in the garden, getting some pots ready to transplant new dahlias into.
I was always told that for any young plant to thrive in its early days, you needed to be diligent in cleaning out the pot to get rid of debris of the previous year, put a layer of grit at the base for good drainage and then a layer of compost, finely sieved. Next comes some feed and the plantings, followed by more compost. All this is time consuming and laborious, but it makes a difference to the end result.
Parallel this approach to our walk as Christians, and we have a great opportunity right now to spend time in study and prayer with our creator God, to dip into the Psalms, to be fed by good online teaching (I'm a fan of David Jeremiah and his ministry) so that then we can grow into strong, stable and healthy "plants" able to withstand the strong winds, heavy rain or even attack by slugs or vine weevils (aka Satan), during this time of Corona virus and beyond.
And, in fact, more that just withstand these trials, but draw daily on God's love and wisdom as we interact with those around us, both those who have similar strong roots, and those who don't, radiating Christ and pointing (others) to Him.
Coffee and Chat - Reminder
Are you missing the opportunity to get together with people for a coffee and chat?
A reminder that again today there will be another 'lockdown' tea and chat session on zoom that anyone can join. This will be at 15.30pm this afternoon. If you would like to join in please can you email Giles on firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and passwords
ECO CHAMPION WANTED
The Church of England are encouraging churches to think about how they can reduce their impact on the environment and are supporting the Eco-Church scheme run by A Rocha UK. Could you be the person to champion this initiative at Bishop Hannington? We are looking for someone who can review our energy use and identify ways to reduce it. Interested? Please contact John Puttock (01273 281332) who will be pleased to tell you more.
Mental Health Awareness 2021
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We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.