In addition to my usual reminder that you can join in all our activities by going to http://winkleburyandworting.org.uk/livestream/, starting with this evening’s prayer gathering, Friday45 at 7:00pm, there are two other things to bring to your attention this week.
Thy Kingdom Come
A growing worldwide movement encourages Christians of all denominations to use the period from from Ascension Day to Pentecost to pray Thy Kingdom Come. Of course, we pray this every time we pray the prayer Jesus taught us. But this period helps us to focus particularly on this one line of the Lord’s Prayer in order that more people may come to know and love the Lord Jesus. If you would like some ideas to help you pray, there is a wealth of them on the dedicated website. You will find, for instance, sections to help you as an individual or as a family. There is perhaps no better prayer to be praying at this time.
An Opportunity for Generosity
It has been wonderful over the last ten weeks to see how the Holy Spirit has stirred so many acts of generosity. Some have, for the first time, committed to regular giving to God through the church; others have made sacrificial gifts for particular needs; very many have given time, petrol or food to help those in need; and so on.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the challenges facing two of our mission links: Tearfund whose focus is overseas and CPAS who support parishes like ours across the country. Tearfund of course are trying to do more than ever in the face of the additional challenge of the pandemic and, like many charities, have seen their income drop. CPAS have had to cancel their summer programme for young people and the unrecoverable costs of those contribute to an expected deficit of £300,000. Our PCC agreed unanimously that it would be good to put these needs before the whole church family, and the Standing Committee has decided that now is the time to do so.
In doing this we are not making any assumptions about anyone’s financial circumstances. Some may be struggling because they always are; some may be facing new challenges because of falling income (and do remember that I have my discretionary fund to help you if you in particular difficulties). But it is also true that some people’s income has not gone down, and some will find that they have not been spending as much as usual on travel, meals out and so on. So, whatever your circumstances, please give prayerful consideration to whether God is prompting you to make a one-off gift to his work at this point.
If you would like to make a gift, the simplest way is to go to our Giving Page (https://wandw.churchsuite.co.uk/my/giving) or, using the My ChurchSuite app on your smartphone, go to the My Giving tab. Once there, you will be able to direct your gift to Tearfund or CPAS. You could also choose to give to our general fund which would allow the PCC to allocate it where the need is greatest. Whatever you choose, remember to request Gift Aid if you are eligible.
I look forward to seeing you and worshipping with you over the weekend. In the meantime, Jamie (whose home must be getting quite crowded with all Harry’s friends) and Tim (whose home is equally full but they don’t all look like Jamie) join me in sending greetings in the name of our risen and ascended Lord Jesus.