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Here is an extract from the news sheet for Sunday 24th May 7th Sunday of Easter, Sunday after Ascension.

Welcome to Mirfield Team Parish

Sunday 24th May 2020

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Sunday after Ascension Day

 

All services in our churches are on hold and the usual social and fundraising activities are no longer running until such time as we are advised to do otherwise.

 

One of the ministries we offer is our prayer team who are willing to offer prayers on your behalf in a crisis situation. If you have an urgent need for prayers then please contact our Prayer Chain Coordinators,

Carol on 515894 or Barry on 493884.    

 

For help and advice in Kirklees try KBOP   https://www.kirkleesbetteroutcomespartnership.org/    07562252940 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm

 

Although there has been a slight relaxation of the COVID RESTRICTIONS we are still living lives physically apart. This is especially true of more vulnerable people. Much is now done on line with apps like face time and Zoom. However, not everyone has access to the technology needed for this. Stephen Butler has suggested that if you have an old iPad, tablet, smart phone etc that you are not using you may like to donate it so that someone without that technology could benefit. I am also pleased that Scott and the choir are working together on an app called Acapella which allows them to sing together from home and contribute to our online service. Unfortunately, this app only works on Apple devises and not all the choir have these. As above, if anyone has an old iPad or iPhone they could donate or lend to a choir member to use that would be wonderful. Please let me know if you can help and we will take it from there. Hugh.

 

People are asking about the WEEKLY GIVING ENVELOPES. The new envelopes have now arrived, and we are looking at ways that we can get them to you safely. We hope to deliver them some time soon. Until they arrive please use another envelope or jar to put your collection in and then it will be there to put in the envelopes when they come. With the Envelopes we will also be sending a letter and form to you outlining ways in which your valuable contribution to the work of the church can be given directly from the bank or in a monthly cheque to David.  We hope you might consider using these methods under the present strange circumstances if you are able.  With many thanks for all your contributions, Hugh.

 

HOW YOU ARE COPING WITH LOCKDOWN / VE Day Anniversary Celebrations / Memories of VE Day 1945 / messages & thanks / favourite prayers & poems / photographs / art work - all suggestions for contributions to the June magazine. Material can be accepted until Tuesday this week. If you have not already contributed to the magazine, please think about doing so - your offerings are appreciated. Contact Janice: 01924 503530  indigoldbhl@gmail.com  Mrs C J Barker, 19 Boat House Lane, Mirfield WF14 8HQ

 

Chris Breare and Karen Battey are standing in as ACTING WARDENS AT ST JOHN’S for the time being.

 

Tim & Carole Wood from THE OLD COLONIAL are inviting anyone who can't get out of their homes to contact them to order a daily hot meal.  If you, or anyone you know is in such a situation please contact them on 496920 to arrange this.  There will be no charge..

 

Let the diocese pray daily until Pentecost,

invites Bishop Tony

Ascension Day is the start of ten days of faithful waiting and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, has invited everyone in our diocese to join in daily prayer.

The national Church is also encouraging Thy Kingdom Come, a global wave of prayer by all Christians between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

Reflecting on the unique and testing times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Tony writes:

“At a time when the whole world continues in anxiety – not simply about the usual things: what we shall eat, or drink, or wear, but anxiety for our bodies, our very breath and lives, and the lives of others, both our loved ones and strangers – the Church has a triple proclamation!

Christ has died: and by his death we are forgiven, healed and reconciled to God.

Christ is risen: and he shares the brilliance of his new life through his body, the Church.

Christ will come again: and as pledge of what is to come has given us the Spirit to dwell in our hearts!

Christ gives us, for our anxiety, his resurrection peace – not as the world gives, and but that which passes understanding.

It radiates from the stories of the empty tomb and the upper room, from the shores of Galilee and the hill of the ascension. He calls us not to be anxious about adding days to our lives, but to add life to our days!

That is why the last ten days of Easter culminate in the period between the Ascension and Pentecost: ‘waiting for the Father’s promise’ waiting for the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life.

It was Jesus himself who first instructed his disciples to observe those days in prayer: ‘he told them not to go away from Jerusalem, but ‘to wait for the Father’s promise’.

I would like you join me in Praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, every day from Ascension to Pentecost joining with other Christians throughout the world with ‘Thy Kingdom Come ‘ call to prayer.

I hope that you will join me and many others each day until we celebrate Pentecost.”

Rt Revd Tony Robinson

Bishop of Wakefield

 

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit

Wendy,  Shaney,  Daniel,  Michael,  Martin,  Sarah,  Donna,  Stephen & Tracey, Daniel,  Philippa,  Pat,  Beryl,  Ash and Alex,  Krystian,  Margaret,  Trevor,  Hilda,  Nicholas,  Harry,  Brian,  Andrew,  Jimmy,  Claire,  Charles,  Paul & Dorothy,  Jacob,  Jean,  Barbara,  Judith,  Diana,  Dorothy.

 

We pray for those who have recently died and their families

Joan Oxley ,Elaine Ragona Josephine Griffin,  Jean Pollitt,  Robert Michael Boardman,  Lawrence Sheard,  Barry Ledgard,

Tracey Jane Coggings,

 

From our Parish Prayer List

For all who volunteer their time and talents within the life of our churches.

For the work with young people of Mirfield done by Matrix youth group.

For all who live in our local nursing homes and those who care for them.

For the work done through the Red Cross and other emergency relief organisations.