Lent Prayer and Action 22nd February

Week 1 22nd Feb: Secure Livelihoods

In the UK many people do not have a secure livelihood.  Insecure work contracts, uncertain working hours and low pay result in the State often having to top up incomes.  Those, who for reasons of disability, ill health or caring find their incomes reduced by the ongoing cuts in the welfare system. This insecurity adds to their burden.  Your are reminded that tomorrow is the start of Fair Trade Fortnight.

One week in Lent consider not going shopping at all and living off what is in your cupboards and freezers. Many of us could stock a small shop or market stall from what we have in our cupboards.  Donate the money you save to Traidcraft Exchange or another charity that helps promote secure livelihoods.

Prayer

God of Hope
We live a world you have made
Give us generous hearts to share with others
Your Kingdom Come
Your will be done                 Amen

Traidcraft Big Brew

Join us for a cuppa!

. . . and help farmers grow more, earn more and eat more.

Friday 27th February
3.30pm – 5.00pm
at the home of Gill Peace
(please message if you need details)
Teas and cakes provided
Donations to Traidcraft

Vision of a Good Society

This Lent, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, working with a whole variety of agencies including Church Action on Poverty, has called upon Christians to think about the society we live in and to talk and pray together to find our vision of what kind of society is a Good Society. 97% of Christians think church leaders have a role to play in promoting the discussion about our society.

The full document is available here: 2020 Vision of the Good Society Statement

For the following six Sundays you will be invited to think and pray about an aspect of our society, to consider and maybe discuss with one another, which positive things could be done to help bring that vision into reality. This will be part of the spiritual journey we make as we journey with Christ to the Cross to bring about the Kingdom of God.

As we reach Holy Week there will be a Fast to End Hunger. Many Christians will be taking part.  There are some options:
a) To fast for a day, particularly on Good Friday or Holy Saturday.
b) Do a dawn to dusk fast over three days.
c) Live off the food box you might get from a Food Bank with 3 days’ worth of food (list will be provided).
The idea is to deny yourself a little in solidarity with the poor and hungry.  If you do not wish to take part, you can sponsor someone else, with the money going to Church Action on Poverty.

Advent Appeal Total

Many thanks to all who gave donations to our Advent Appeal.
With your help we were able to raise £482.55 which will be matched by the UK Government meaning double the difference for those living in poverty.

The money raised has been sent to Christian Aid, who will use it to support and educate mothers and their babies; training health workers who can spot complications through child birth and encouraging mothers to go to hospital where these can be dealt with.

Thank you once again for your support!

St. Andrews Advent Appeal

Delivering hope this Christmas

At Christmas we celebrate the safe arrival of God’s promised Saviour and Son, Jesus Christ. As we remember Mary’s arduous and life-threatening journey to Bethlehem, we sigh with relief that it is so different for us today. But sadly, for thousands of women in Kenya, the dangers and struggles experienced by the young mother of our Saviour are all too real.

Each day 40 women in Kenya die from pregnancy or birth related complications.  17,000 babies a year do not survive their first day of life.

This Advent and Christmas we’re supporting Christian Aid and their dedicated partners as they work to reach women and babies. Through locally-based groups like TRDP, part of the Anglican Church of Kenya, they’re providing mobile health clinics to ensure that families in some of the most remote parts of Kenya can access life-saving healthcare. Working closely with a community, TRDP sets up and supports advice groups. Through its training and support of community health workers, women are encouraged to deliver in hospital, where complications can be spotted and treated.

Good News: The UK Government will match every pound we raise, meaning double the difference for people living in poverty.

£5 could provide a day’s training for a community health worker

£10 could buy a blanket to wrap a newborn baby in.

£40 could support an education group for 50 mothers for a month

£200 could buy a hospital bed

Donations can be placed in the Stable at the front of Church or given to Gill Peace, Lisa Medina or one of the Stewards.

Thank you so much for all you can give.

Christmas Services

Come and Join the Celebration!

We would love to see you at one or more of our Services this Christmas,
take time to remember why we celebrate Christmas.

Sunday 14th December
10.45 am
Christmas Family Service
Led by the Junior Church.

Friday 19th December
6.30 pm
Christingle Service
A service for all the family,
including the chance to make your own Christingle Candle.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 21st December
6.00 pm
Carols by Candlelight
Celebrate Christmas with an evening of carols.

Christmas Eve
11.30 pm
Midnight Communion Service
Join us to welcome in Christmas Day and the birth of Christ.

Christmas Day
10.45 am
Christmas Morning Service
A short all age service to
celebrate the birth of Jesus on this special day.
Bring one of your favourite presents to show us!