The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on 11th March at 10am in church. Please note the date.
Our ‘company’ is growing in number as we enjoy meeting with others of like mind and share ideas, inspire and encourage each other and enjoy a natter while doing our crafts. Please come and join us on Wednesday 9th March 2–4pm at Dryden House. More details from Mary Cooper or Vicky Fleming.
In this months Tower and Tap, you will see how well we are doing in our efforts to protect the village church and heritage. You will see we have increased our fund since the last magazine. We have a long way to go and we need your support so we are making available cardboard ’guttering’ tubes which we are asking you to fill with your loose change etc and return to us. These are available from Donald Page and Meeting Point.
Stratton Team Ministry Lent Studies 2011
This year we are joining with other Christians and with the Diocese in celebrating the 400th year of being able to read the Bible in our own language. As part of this we are going to study Matthew’s Gospel in Lent. As a corporate Lenten Spiritual Discipline, following the leadership of our Bishops, we are encouraging people to join with Anglicans in the Diocese to read Matthew’s Gospel duringthe 6 weeks of Lent. This is roughly a chapter each working day. Everyone is of course free to do this is their own way, whatever best suits your taste and pattern, but here is an outline programme that you may find helpful useful available in church. You will also find in church the Lent Study Programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and seek to grow in our relationship with God and each other. Please make this part of your journey through Lent.
Coffee morning with table top sales
(Please book your table by 10th March: £5 for people who live in the village, £10 for those outside and free to village organisations )
12th March from 9.30 –12 noon
In the Village Hall with refreshments provided by South Marston Church
Those who come often remark about the enjoyment of sitting down with a neighbour they haven’t seen for a while with a cake in one hand and a coffee in the other.
Venue: St. Margaret’s Centre, Kenwin Close, Stratton St. Margaret’s
The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. It’s a place where people can come and ask questions, delve into issues and look for answers together. The Alpha course evenings start with a meal, followed by a talk and an opportunity for discussion in small groups. It is for everyone, especially those wanting to investigate Christianity, new Christians, newcomers to the church and those who want to brush up on the basics.
There is no charge but please book a place for catering purposes by contacting Vicky Fleming on 827021 or by email: email@example.com
These ‘headlines’ seem to be the news diet we get daily—and it has never been any different through the generations. Way back in Old Testament times we find the same problems. Our standard of living has risen, our education has improved, our scientific knowledge has increased and yet we can’t stop the continuing wrongs of our society.
Once a newspaper posed the question “What’s Wrong with the World?”
G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:
G. K. Chesterton.”
The awful things that happen in our world come about because of the selfish nature of our hearts—always seeking what we want and not looking out for the best for others. Love always puts others first. And the greatest love a person can have is to lay down their life foranother—that is why it is so important to remember and give thanks for those who did, and are doing, just that for our freedom. We will be holding Services of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November and hope you will join with us in this act of thanksgiving.
Of course, the Christian faith celebrates the great act of love which enables people to have an intimate relationship with God. The last Sunday of November is Advent Sunday. For many preparations for Christmas will truly be underway by then. We will be preparing to celebrate too by taking time to let our hearts be open to God’s amazing grace and transforming power. We shall be not only thinking of Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago, but celebrating that Christ comes again, and again in our relationship with him.
He does that we when realise our need for him — that we need a Saviour who will take us to a place where our hearts are no longer full of selfishness but are transformed because of his love and acceptance of us.