It has been a great week weatherwise and I do hope that you have been able to enjoy the sunshine! It has also been good to hear that the R rate for the county is down at a range of 0.6 to 0.9. We just need to keep on following the ‘face, space and hands’ guidelines and hold on to the hope that we will be able to see the restrictions lift in a few months’ time. There are just a few things to mention this week:

  • ‘The Wellbeing Journey’
    The evening Growth Groups have started this online course this week – however, we do have a new group starting  as well. This will be on a Tuesday evenings, via zoom from 7pm – 8pm (starts on 27 April) and is for those who just want to join a group for the duration of the course. Please let Dave or the office know if you would like to join. We also have 3 copies of the Wellbeing book left – please get in touch if you would like one (cost £5).
  • ‘Cooking with neighbours’
    This book is produced by Community Connectors and has fifty recipes from people living or associated with the parish. Each recipe tells story and there are dishes from over 20 different nationality groups reflecting our diverse community. Please support this local project and we are asking for a donation of £5 per copy. Please contact the office if you would like a copy.
  • Baptism Service
    We are planning a baptism service on Sunday 9th May 2021 and this will be held in our evening service. If you would like to be baptised – please talk to Dave. We are looking forward to baptising three young people! You will be able to book to attend nearer the time.

This Sunday we continue our series on ‘Finding strength in God’ and are looking at the very well known 23rd Psalm. We have a number of people taking part in the service and hope you will be able to join in worship either in the building or from home.
Finally, I think I said last Sunday that the word ‘wellbeing’ wasn’t in the Bible! But I was delighted to read in Isaiah 48 v 27 – 28 these words:
‘This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.’
May God’s wisdom about how to live the whole of our lives sink deep into our hearts!
Rev Dave Hanson
Vicar Preston St Stephen