The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place from 18 – 25 January 2020 (though some churches choose to celebrate it around Pentecost).
This is an annual initiative whereby Christian communities throughout the world are invited to pray for one another and for greater Christian Unity.
The theme for 2020 is “They showed an unusual kindness”, which finds its origins in Acts 27:18 – 28:10
On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.
Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.
In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28).
Each year Christian Aid provides the Go and Do action points for each of the daily reflections – linking into the important work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice
Information provided by the Christian Churches of Malta & Gozo
Please find attached –
Hard copies are also available in church.
Link to the SEE magazine
A massive thank you and well done to the organising team, craft workers, window decorators and helpers for a stunning festival. Thanks also to all those who supported the event, brought along friends, attended the concert or Carl Service; bought produce or raffle tickets. All helped in making the festival a success.
Below are a few photos to try and capture the essence of the festival.
Why not come and join in our next Scargill Weekend which will take place from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th October 2020?
Scargill is a Christian based community of people who live, work and pray together and the purpose of the weekend is to spend time together as a church family.
The cost for an adult is £140 (or £160 if you are in an en-suite room). Please request an en-suite room early if this is important to you as they were in high demand last time. For children the cost is reduced by Scargill, and further subsidies by the church. So the weekend is FREE for the under 5s; JUST £21 for 5-7s; £35 for 8s – 11s and £49 for 12s – 16s, (plus a supplement for en-suite). If anyone would be genuinely unable to attend due to cost, please have a quiet word and we will seek to help.
We ask for a 10% deposit at the time of booking – and you can pay the remainder in instalments. Deposits are not refundable after June, and full payment must be received by min – September 2020.
Booking forms can be found in this moth’s news letter, copies of which are at the back of church.
Do you want to find out more about Christianity, understand your faith better, or consider Baptism or Confirmation as an adult?
Why not join a small group meeting at the vicarage on Tuesdays from 23rd September at 7:30pm?
For more information – have a word with Revd. Toby.
In the past the ‘SEE magazine‘ was inserted into the centre of the church magazine. Now you can find it by following the links below.
You can find the August SEE magazine here.
For well over a hundred years there has been an annual recognition of Education Sunday in England and Wales.
It is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education.
The theme is devised by an ecumenical steering group representing different Christian denominations and organisations.
For some years it was celebrated on the ninth Sunday before Easter, however since 2016, after extensive consultation, it has been celebrated on the second Sunday in September, coinciding with the start of the school year.
So we at All Saints’ are celebrating it on the 8th September with a special Family Service at which we will be welcoming Sarah Earnshaw, diocesan children’s work adviser as a guest speaker. – all welcome to join us.
Our local food bank is in urgent need of UHT milk, cereals, pasta sauce, coffee, rice, curry- type sauces in jars, rice pudding.
Also in low supply are tinned sponge puddings, custard, biscuits, pet food, washing- up liquid, toilet rolls, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned veg.
BUT they have lots of pasta, baked beans, tinned spaghetti in stock!
Items can be left at the back of church.