month our special focus is on Parish of St Michael’s Sandhurst and prayers for
the Church and for the world in the midst of the Corona virus pandemic.
Please pray for:
Associate Minister: Rev John White
Associate Minister: Rev Jane Kraft
Family Worker: Angela
Youth Worker: Mike
Church Warden: Catherine
Church Warden: Emma
PCC Secretary: Dave
Church Office: Sunita
Mcintosh and Nicola Thompson
We at St Michael’s would like to forego our
“turn” to lay our small needs before you in the cycle of prayer, and use it
instead to call out to God across the Deanery, Diocese and nation for:
Those with a prophetic calling to lead the
church in hearing what God wants to say to us through the current crisis;
That just as the people of Israel were stripped
away from their place of worship, the Temple, when they went into exile, so we
as the people of God having been stripped of our places of worship now would
hear God’s call to his people to establish our homes and families as centres of
worship, and to pray for our nation and our world (Jer 29:4-7).
For our keeping of Lent, Holy Week and Easter
in a totally new way, both as individuals, through services on the radio and
television and live streaming from our Churches and Cathedrals.
For the innovators and creators amongst us to
rise up with new and imaginative ways to reach out beyond the confines of the
church to speak Shalom to the anxious and frightened of our land;
For the pastors and carers reaching out to
those who are isolated, struggling and alone;
For families separated by distance and
isolation, unable to offer the care and support they long to give each other.
For the husbands and wives terrified at the
thought of one or other being rushed off to intensive care; and for those
grieving the loss of a dear partner or friend sometimes without the time or
opportunity to say goodbye;
For the key workers in this land, already
exhausted and stressed and knowing they have months of pressure to come, that
they may know both God’s strength and his peace;
That as a nation God’s light will shine into
all that we have done, both as a nation and as individuals by our selfishness
and greed, and that we may cry out in repentance and turn once more to the
Lordship of Christ;
For all those in leadership in churches of all
denominations and of all faiths, and in our Anglican Communion, Archbishop
Justin, Bishop Steven of Oxford, and Bishop Olivia of Reading.
For the clergy and leadership teams in our
parishes that they may have great wisdom and fortitude as they lead us through
this current storm;
For those in leadership in our country, Boris
Johnson, his cabinet, all our MPs and local politicians and those advising
That we may all hear the voice of our Lord
saying ”Quiet, Be still”, and may be amazed (Mark 4:39)
Welcome to ‘Equipping for Life’. You will find here a range of courses designed to help you grow in your faith, discipleship and understanding so you will be better equipped to serve God in everyday life at work, at church and at home.
GARDEN TRUST dates which may be of interest to you – 6 June; 19
September; 28 November – 10 – 4pm.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH, BREAD MAKING AND REFLECTIONS 10.30 – 3.30pm “Love is Come again like wheat that springs up green” Please join us for a day of bread making and reflections looking particularly at the Four Loves by C S Lewis. Materials supplied but please bring a mixing bowl and apron. Time for personal space. Bring and Share Lunch. Cost £15.
SATURDAY 14 MARCH DAY SEMINAR 10 – 4pm ST PATRICK: HIS LIFE AND LEGACY LED BY REV JOSIE MIDWINTER. There will be three sessions about St Patrick and there will be time for personal reflection and some group sharing. We will finish with a time of worship in the Celtic tradition. Cost: £15 including a light lunch.
THURSDAY 19 & 26 MARCH & 2 APRIL 10 – 1pm LENT COURSE LED BY REV RICHARD BITTLESTON – “When we know we’re helping; life is good” – Knowing how (and when) we can help is an art, regardless of what we can ‘do’. This short course explores both ancient and modern insights into being truly helpful, drawing freely from both religious and secular sources. Light lunch of soup at 12.30pm. Come to one or all mornings. Donation to the Centre for Reflection.
FRIDAY 1 MAY 7.30pm MOONRAKERS IN CONCERT (at the Church). It is very exciting to announce that these four Oxford based musicians will be making a return visit to Aston Tirrold. If you have not had the opportunity of seeing them perform live, this is your chance to enjoy their eclectic music, some from the classical and some from the folk tradition. Refreshments available. Tickets: £12 on the door or book through the Centre.
Please book any of the above events through the Centre for Reflection Email:
Tel: 01235 850423
Festival of Prayer, Saturday 11 July Ripon College, Cuddesdon
The Festival of Prayer, now in its tenth year, aims to enhance your spiritual life by offering different approaches to Christian prayer and spirituality. Featuring a keynote address from Gemma Simmonds CJ, thought-provoking workshops led by authors, speakers, teachers and clergy, one-to-one sessions on spiritual direction, as well as dedicated time and space for personal reflection. BookPromote in your community
Revd Clare Hayns, College Chaplain, Christ
Church will be posting a short blog about a different woman from the Old
Testament each day of Lent. There will be stories of courage, intrigue and
adventure. There will be tales of passion, jealousy and love. Reflections on
the stories draw parallels with the experiences of women and men today.
Are you ready for some gniyllub, malarkey and shenanigans? If so, then why not sign up to Yellow Braces, our annual youth camp? Download this flyer, print it, stick it up in church and give it to members of your youth group. With the DIY Olympics, worship, reflection time and water-balloon volleyball, Yellow Braces is always a weekend to remember. Find out more by reading this photo story from last year’s camp. Now you’re ready to book!
The #everydayfaith reflections encourage us to ask how God can work through us to bless others. A great way to explore this is through the Gifts for Everyday Faith questionnaire or a Personal Discipleship Plan. You’ll find both of these on our website. Watch the short film below to find out how Paul benefited from a Personal Discipleship Plan.
Energy efficiency can enable our churches to provide attractive places of sanctuary, fellowship and communion – with a comfortable level of warmth and illumination – at a lower cost to the planet, and sometimes with financial savings as well. One significant barrier for churches, however, is knowing what positive actions they can undertake. PCCs can now obtain and begin to act on expert advice in this area with energy audits carried out by professionals with experience of historic places of worship. The energy audit looks at a range of energy uses in the church building, from lighting to heating, and recommends the energy and carbon reduction measures available. These can include simple changes that will cost nothing – such as setting adjustments and changing practices – as well as options for renewable technologies, better controls, or changes in equipment. This short film tells the story of how one church in Wokingham has benefited from this approach. To find out more, visit: oxford.anglican.org/church-energy-audits