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Vicar's Letter of the Month  - January


The Reverend

Lissa Scott writes…….


One of the things the shared ministry team have been thinking about is the distinctive features of St Matthew and St Luke’s – what we do well and what we would say is what we are all about.

We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone, and we hope that we make people feel at home at whatever kind of activity we are running. It’s important to us that everyone can feel part of the church family and meet with God in their own way, so that they feel comfortable and able to respond to the spiritual aspects of life in a way that works for them individually.

For that reason we provide a big variety of services, from the Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion on a Wednesday to café church, holiday clubs and informal Christmas services. And of course there are also our social events, fairs, quizzes, coffee mornings etc, where we hope you find warm fellowship.

One idea we are trying in the new year (first Tuesday of the month, starting on February 5th at 7.30) is a time for relaxation and meditation. “Mindfulness” is very much the buzz word of the moment, and we hope these sessions will help people discover ways to relax, get in touch with themselves and their side.

Another idea we have had is a “Coffee, Cake and Questions” time when people can look at the big questions: how can I be happy; why do bad things happen to good people; etc. Let us know if that would interest you and what your big questions are.

And do let us know if there is anything else we can do for you as a church. We’re open from 10-12 every Tuesday morning, from 10.30 – 11.00 on a Weds, and on Monday from 1.30-3.30 for Knit and Natter, for the church office from 6.45-7.15 on a Friday evening as well as other times in the week. Pop in and look around, light a candle for someone you love, or talk to us about anything you would like to – and give us some ideas.

And we hope very much that we will see you at one of our Christmas events or services.

With every good wish

Lissa Scott