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Sunday 2nd September 2012

Prayer at St Chad’s Let’s pray …. •

for our naon, following a summer of celebraon, that we will look to God for eternal hope

for children and young people going back to school, parcularly those starng new schools

for local businesses, for Gods favour on them and for creavity & integrity

for Chrisans around the world facing persecuon and injusce because of their faith

for Romiley Methodist Church and their minister Will Hunter

for Hugo & Techi Vergara our mission partners in Northern Argenna

for all our children and youth volunteers, as they work together for this half of term and for the process of recruing interns to work with Elle

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Back to work.... This week we head into the autumn term, life gets back into roune, children go back to school and for many of us it feels like the summerme is over, our shorts and flip-flops get packed away for a few months and we’re heading into a fresh start. How has your summer been? It was scheduled as a year of celebraon, a bumper year for bunng manufacturers; the Jubilee and then the Olympics came and went and neither disappointed. But as we connue to enjoy the Paralympics, we have to recognise that this special summer is behind us as we head into autumn and a change of gear. Time to refocus, re-engage and also reflect. Four things stood out for me this summer. The first is that we enjoyed what the Bishop of London called ‘a holiday from cynicism’. Those of you who know me well will know part of my life’s vision is to ba8le against the damaging negave culture of Brish cynicism, which I see as profoundly opposite to the culture of heaven which God wants us to bring to earth. So I found us as a naon celebrang, honouring, respecng, uning and enjoying very very excing. But what were we celebrang & enjoying? Creavity. In the opening and closing ceremonies & the Jubilee concerts and celebraons and the many events up and down the country, creavity triumphed over cynicism. People were willing to have a go, new things have been tried out, talents explored. We realised that as a naon we have an amazing heritage of music and arsts. I believe creavity is part of all people being created in God’s image, but it needs encouragement and opportunity to let it out. But this takes me also to my third theme. - Confusion. Coming together as a naon, to celebrate & create and compete, we have seen the huge cultural diversity of Britain and that’s a fascinang and in many ways wonderful thing. But if the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics were a brief reflecon of our naon, then they do reveal that Britain is not quite sure of her roots and heritage and she doesn’t really know what she believes. We had agriculture and industrial revoluon, we had musical diversity, we had the Bible celebrated (briefly) and then a focus on human endeavour and science and magic. Different reflecons, some acknowledging the huge part that faith in Jesus has played in the shaping of our naon, in other places he has been ignored or bypassed. If ever we needed a reminder that our naon has a mixture of values, but no roots in truth, then we’ve just had one. This isn’t something that should cause us to despair or a8ack others, but rather inspire and movate us, which brings me to my fourth and final stand out feature of the summer. The amazing courage, determinaon and fulfilment of living with a vision. In our athletes and paralympians, we saw extraordinary stories of those who have overcome pain, difficulty, disappointment, disability and loss. Through it, the amazing results of living for something be8er, having a vision and a purpose come through. Personally I have spent me this summer with those who are in transion, knowing that God is shiBing where he’s calling them to and what he’s calling them to do, but without losing their passion to see the gospel shared. I’ve spent me with people who can reflect on how making tough choices to pursue God in radical ways, has brought real challenge, but amazing refreshment and I’ve spent me with people struggling to find a vision, struggling to know what their life is all about, for them and with them I want to weep and pray. Because as we enter September, leaving behind barbeques & bunng, now is the me of year to ask ourselves, ‘What am I living for?’ What srs my heart? What is worth puCng first and making sacrifices for? If we can answer that queson, then go for it. Live the life God is calling you to and put aside the things that hinder or distract you. But if you can’t answer that queson, then can I encourage you to think and pray about it. Seek wise counsel from those you trust, make it a priority to think what it is you're living for. Because we all need vision to enable creavity to overcome cynicism.


Godspell at St Pauls Compstall

The week ahead….

As part of St Paul’s GAP iniave, their youth will be performing Godspell. The performances are at 7.45pm on Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th September and are priced at £6.00. The teenagers have worked so hard and need encouraging audiences! To purchase ckets phone 427 1259 or 494 2521.

Tuesday 4th 10.00am Li8le Lights 2.00pm Ladies Society

Columbarium The columbarium is an area at the back of the church where small name plaques have been placed on the wall in memory of loved ones who have died. We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to look aBer this area of the churchyard and plant bedding plants etc. throughout the year to make it look nice. For many years Ellen Childs has done this for us and we are so grateful to her for the lovely displays. Please contact the church office if you would like to volunteer.

Services at Berrycro( Our services in BerrycroB are on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Our next service will be on Sunday 9th September at 11am.

Please sponsor me Wednesday 5th On the 29th Sept I am taking part in a marathon walk of 26.2 miles through the night in London to raise funds for cancer research. If anybody would like to sponsor me the sponsor forms will be at the back of church this Sunday. Many thanks Les Hobson

Prayer This term we are focusing our teaching programme on prayer. We intend to put together a resource sheet of recommended books on prayer to encourage us all to read something fresh on this subject. If you have a favourite book on prayer that you have read, please email Richard with the tle and a few lines on how this inspired you and deepened your prayer life. vicar@stchadsromiley.co.uk

10.00am Sparklers 11.00am Holy Communion

Thursday 6th 10.00am Stars 10.00am Prayers in the Upper Room

Friday 7th 10.15am Funeral of Les Browne

Sunday 9th 9.15am Parish Communion 11.00am All Age Service 11.00am Service at BerrycroB

Children and Youth Foodbank Reminder It was so encouraging to have a large group of people come to the LifeCentre to hear more about Foodbank in an excellent presentaon from Lynda of the Trussell Trust. We are keen to take things forward and would love to gather together all those who have a heart to see this ministry happen in Romiley and talk about how we can take things to the next step. If you would like to be a part of this then please contact Inge. Email: inge.challinor@ntlworld.com

Fireworks will start again on 10th September. Fuel will start on the 11th. We will let you know about youth shortly.

Greater Manchester Street Pastors New Training Programme Saturday 8th September 9.00am registraon, for a 9.30am start to 4.15pm Venue: Audacious East Campus, Thorley Street, Failsworth, M35 9PA Ideal first training day for those who are prayerfully exploring geCng involved. For more informaon: 0790 610 2522

Church Of ice 1-5 Stockport Road Romiley, Stockport SK6 4BN phone (0161) 430 4652 email of ice@stchadsromiley.co.uk web www.stchadsromiley.co.uk Tue - Fri 9 - 5pm Jill Hookway Monday - Wednesday 0161 430 1138. jill@stchadsromiley.co.uk


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