Dear NWMA friends
NWMA Online Service on Sunday 22 August
This Sunday, 22 August we have a chance to worship online with friends from across the Mission Area. The theme is sharing our faith, and Nigel Price will be talking to us about St Paul’s visit to Athens. There will be songs and prayers, a psalm and a Bible reading. The NWMA service can be watched at any time using this link https://youtu.be/BXQ5JPYklwk
Rudford Retreat at Home for August – ‘Come and See’
This summer some of us will have had the chance to get away from our usual surroundings for a few days. Others will have remained at home. In a spiritual practice called Visio Divina, the Rev Diane Clutterbuck encourages us to spend time with images rather than words and to see how the Spirit engages us through art. Please find the retreat material attached to use at home in your own time. May God’s Spirit still us to discover more of him and his love.
If you have enjoyed using the Rudford Retreat at Home materials over the last year, you may wish to be aware that they are hoping to be able offer retreats in person – COVID permitting – at Rudford Church, Gloucestershire GL2 8DT from October. If you would be interested in attending on either Thursday 21st October or on Thursday 18th November please email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be limiting numbers to 12 per retreat.
Forward dates for the Autumn
Just a reminder of forward dates for the autumn.
This course is designed to inspire and give you confidence to share your faith. It gives you practical suggestions to help you to be natural and relevant as you talk about Jesus with the people you meet. There are six encouraging, video-based sessions with short films, inspirational, short testimonies, real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus, and a short, easy-to-follow course book, which costs just £1.
We will be running the course online for anyone on the Mission Area who would like to take part. The first session will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 September. If you would like to join the online course, or if you would like to run it in your home group or parish, please contact me on email@example.com or call 07889 296214. NB I think there was a spelling mistake in the email link I sent out in July. If you tried to register and got a bounce-back, please try again.
You can find out a bit more about the course and watch a trailer at https://talkingjesus.org/
2. Wild Church
The next Wild Church will be on Sunday 19 September at 11am at the Bow in the Cloud Vineyard, Garsdon, SN16 9NS. Bring a picnic! Details are on the attached flier.
We are aiming to start both online and in-person Alpha courses in the autumn, probably mid-October. Please drop me a line If you are interested in being a helper at an Alpha course, either online or in-person (no experience is necessary – full training will be given!) or you want to register to attend a course. I will let you know precise start dates and venues as soon as I have them.
I am expecting to have day surgery on Friday week, 27 August, and to be out of the office for 2-3 weeks afterwards. I then hope to be on leave 27 September – 10 October as Nigel and I celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary. I will be keeping an eye on emails from time to time but please forgive me if I am slower to reply than usual.
Every blessing as we prepare to come back from the summer break and church programmes and groups restart.
Associate Minister, Malmesbury and Upper Avon and Mission Enabler, North Wilts Mission Area