Children’s Summer activities during Sunday Service.

 

Children’s activities in the garden during the 11am service through summer – start in church, in the garden for story linden to a Bible reading /activity/game then back in at the peace.

 

We aim to offer this each Sunday except 8th Aug, weather permitting!

United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Ninth  Sunday after Trinity 

This service is live in church, with all the usual COVID restrictions, but it will be streamed so if you are unable to attend you can view it online.Now most of the words will also appear when you view the service on line so it will be easier to follow the service.

However, below are the day’s readings plus the intercessions for reference, as there will not appear on screen.

First reading:Ephesians 4: 1- 16

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord,one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, growsand builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 

Second reading: John 6:24 – 35

24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a]

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Intercessions 

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the support and fellowship which we find in our worship today, whether in our church building or on-line. We ask that you help us to pray for our world, our community, our families, our friends, and ourselves.

We pray for our church and United Benefice. For Roger who leads our worship today and for Toby, Peter, our wardens and all who provide spiritual guidance and help to us during this time of pandemic.

Guide our path and forgive us that so often we are more ready to turn to you in times of trouble and need, rather than to thank you in the good times we enjoy.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask you to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder of your presence in the world and let it be not just on those days when the sun is shining but also on the days when the storm clouds roll in, those days when we have lost our bearings and don’t know where to turn or what to expect, we pray that your miracle of love, grace and compassion may be seen and experienced by us all.

 

We thank you for the example of leadership given to us by your Son, during his life on earth. We pray for the renewal of a spirit of humility and a sense of responsibility among leaders of this world that the hungry might be fed and the oppressed might be freed to live in peace.

We worship you as the one who has given us life and we ask that you help us to live it to the full and help us to spread the warmth of your love to everyone we are now able to meet.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Mighty God, we thank you for your love and compassion for all who suffer in body, mind and spirit. We pray that your healing presence will calm their fears, ease their pain and bring light into the darkness of all who are sick.

Loving God, we especially pray for those we know who are in need of healing today. Surround them with your love and tenderness and give them the blessing of your peace. We give thanks for all those who care for the sick within the family, and for all medical and voluntary services.

In a moment of silence, we individually hold in our hearts and thoughts anyone we know, who needs our prayers at this time.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them, for members of our families who have died and whose anniversary we recall.

Help us to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit within us, and the fellowship of our church family around us. We pray for all those who have died and we remember their families and friends grieving their loss.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we ask you to lead us into the coming week, help us to believe that you are close by, keep us from making mistakes and help us never to disappoint you.  When we face hard decisions or difficult work, when we enjoy ourselves and have fun with others, may we know you share these times with us

 

Merciful Father. Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Please continue to support our local Food back based at Clayton Baptist Church, especially as more and more people in the local area are struggling.

  •  Food supplies, i.e. tins of soup, breakfast cereals, eggs, tins of fruit, tins of meat, tins of veg, pasta sauce, tea / coffee etc. Also fruit and vegetables.
  • Baby items eg nappies, baby milk etc
  • Toiletries

Please can you drop  items off at  Clayton Baptist Church. Alternatively if you bring your items to church on Sunday we will make sure that they get to the food bank.

Thank you.

Covid update

I would like to update everyone on arrangements at All Saints’ Church regarding Covid-19.

Over the past 16 months we have complied with all the regulations as we sought to enable parishioners to worship in a safe environment and I want to thank everyone for doing what we have asked of them.

The wardens and I have now met to review these measures now that what was legally mandated is now up to local decision making.   We have agreed that our first priority must be to protect everyone and keep church as a safe place to attend whilst case numbers continue to increase.  We do, however, want to allow for congregational singing at 11am.  Therefore during the next few weeks the following measures will be in place:

Changes

  • At 11am services the congregation can join in with singing the hymns, but face masks must be worn by those singing (other than the choir)
  • When seated face masks may be removed
  • The choir can be a little larger

Continuing unchanged at present

  • Use of hand sanitiser on entry to and egress from church
  • Social distancing (one metre plus rule – so alternate pews will still be out of use)
  • Wearing masks whilst moving around the building
  • Offering the peace from a distance
  • One-way system (leaving via the vestry door at larger services)
  • No refreshments after the service
  • Holy Communion in one kind only and will not be introducing the chalice at this point
  • Recording names and contact numbers of those attending for track and trace purposes

We will of course keep these measures under review and will communicate any changes as and when they are introduced.

Toby

Tots Praise and teddy bears picnic returns!

It was lovely to welcome tots back to Tot’s Praise on Wednesday. After an active social distance time in church, the weather cleared up enough for everyone to go outside for the actual teddy bears picnic.

All the children went away full, happy and with a helium filled ballon.

Looking forward to the next Tots’ Praise.

 

 

 

Tots Praise and teddy bears picnic returns!

 

Tot’s Praise, formally the Pram Service, finally returns with our summer teddy bears picnic on the

7th July at 2:00pm

A few changes this year, due to COVID we will be in the church yard – weather permitting!

Please book using the link here, order one ticket per adult.

Please also bring a small picnic of your own.

Looking forward to seeing our under 5s especially those who will be starting school in September.

 

 

Friday Praise 9th July in Church

Tickets now available for the family praise on 9th July 6:30pm.
Booking essential Act quickly as tickets soon ‘sell out’ and please only book one ticket per family/household bubble.
 You can book your place here.
Looking forward to  seeing you again.

Family Service 11th July

 

Advanced notice of the next Family Service. No need to book on-line.

A big thank you

A very big thank you to the few people that gave up a bit of their time to clean our church, it looks lovely now!

Hopefully more of us will be able to come along to church cleaning next time. The more of us the quicker the job will be completed!

Thank you.

 

Friday Praise 25th June in Church

Tickets now available for the family praise on 25th June 6:30pm.
Booking essential Act quickly as tickets soon ‘sell out’ and please only book one ticket per family/household bubble.
 You can book your place here
Other dates for the rest of the summer term – 9th July. Again booking will be necessary.
Looking forward to  seeing you again.