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NEWS UPDATE
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all under-standing, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’
(Philippians 4:6-7)

Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:10

APRIL 2020

 

Usually our newsletter is to tell you the services and events in the church, but in these difficult times I hope this brings us just a little bit closer together.

A service is being broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Essex at 8am and on BBC TV at 11am

WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY EASTER

As we approach Easter, we do pray to our Lord that we will all be kept safe at this trying time. Keeping praying for one another.

Risen Lord, we worship You and give thanks for the glorious Easter hope by which we have been saved – ‘raised up and seated with Him in the heavenly realms.’ Amen.

 

 

 

 

EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

In these extraordinary times we are finding life very different and possibly difficult to cope with. The fact that all our churches are closed is unbelievable at a time when they would be a place of prayer, comfort and peace. This is extremely hard. I would like to be able to connect us all together, which is possible through technology and live streaming, but unfortunately so few of us have this available.

Something we can all do is pray, so I would encourage you to pray and to be bold asking God to work through these uncertain times, as so much that people rely on is stripped away.

‘Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.’

Hebrews 12:28

 

Diary of Events

 

Normally I would list all the forthcoming events for this month and the next. Please take a look at March’s newsletter to see what would have been taking place. Perhaps you could think of the people that might be attending all the different events . Maybe you could give them a call and have a little chat. Perhaps you could pray for individuals, the group leaders the children especially at this time.

 

Easter is the most important and special time for the church. This Sunday 5th April, is Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey People were shouting hosannas and praising him. Good Friday 10,th When normally we would hold the walk of witness in the village. Perhaps you can reflect what it cost our Lord to save us from all our sin. Sunday 12th Glorious Easter Day, He is Risen, Hallelujah


NEED INFORMATION? Listed below are some helpful numbers

                                      CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister Emeritus            Rev. J. D. Parker

Overseeing Pastor          Rev. Malcolm Boulter               07720 394049

Church Open                   Tuesday                                  10.00-11.45

Coffee & Chat                 Tuesday                                  10.30-11.45

Open Book                     Wednesday 10am  – Contact Malcolm 07720 394049

T @ 3 Group                   1st Wed in Month                      Contact Brenda 583896

Church Secretary &        

Enquiries                        Mrs. J. Bartlett                         Tel. 01376 561959

Church Treasurer             Mrs. Sharon Gray                    Tel 01376 583913

Church Telephone No.     01376 584306       Post Code CM8 3QF (Silver Street)

Silver End Guiding Group              Contact Mrs. Carol Hutchings 07857 663959

2nd        Rainbows                                Mon

1st        Guides                                     Mon

2nd        Brownies                                 Tues.

SILVER TOTS (Baby & Toddler Group) meets Thursday Mornings at 9.45am

Contact Nikki Benjamin 07809 761902 (Term time)

Carolyn’s Dance Group - Disco/Street Dance Contact Harriet 07855014717

SCOUT GROUP                                      Contact Denise Sullens-Smith 583055

Rangers Meet on Fridays –               Contact Carol Hutchings 07857 663959

Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

THANKS & NEWS

A really big thank you to Pauline and Karen who potted up some lovely Primula’s and wrapped them beautifully for Mothering Sunday. As we could not hold the service they only did 20 pots. I took them around and delivered to as many people as I could. I am so sorry if you didn’t get one.

Just to let you know Eileen Ayres died peacefully on the 8th March. She is now out of all pain and discomfort. Eileen will be rejoicing with her Lord and Saviour now. Her funeral took place on the 2nd April, due to the restrictions only a few people could attend. Oliver, Eileen’s son, was in some doubt as to whether he could get down, as he lives in Reading but he managed to come. It was a beautiful service lead and put together by Eileen’s friend Rev. Katharine King. We intend to have a thanksgiving service for Eileen as soon as is possible to give thanks for her life and witness to God.

 

 

‘I felt my heart strangely warmed. I did trust in Christ alone for salvation and an assurance was given me that He has taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death’. ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’                                                                     John Wesley 1703-91

Suggested Prayers

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

Thank God for signs that spring is on its way. We are already seeing the days becoming longer and the spring bulbs and flowers making such a splash of colour, especially on the many dull days we have had this past month.

The above is still very applicable; everything in our gardens is bursting with new green shoots and spring flowers. How this lifts our hearts.

Due to the corona virus pandemic, all of us, are having to adapt to a completely new way of life. We are bombarded with tragic and sad news, with people across the country facing the loss of loved ones, job insecurities and uncertainty. Amidst the gloom, however, it has been encouraging to hear how our community has responded. We pray that the local churches will be a beacon of God’s love and practical help.

Lord we do pray for our Country and other countries all over the world who are going through such a difficult and tragic time. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones, those who are ill with this virus. We pray for all working for the NHS and serving in the frontline, nursing, caring, keeping the supplies up to hospitals, cleaners, shop workers, care homes the list continues:-We remember too those who are suffering with ongoing problems, which are made worse by all that is happening at this time.

Lord Jesus Christ, as we prepare our hearts for Easter and reflect on our need for Your never-ending forgiveness and grace, please help us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before You. May we speak and live in ways that honour the poor and encourage all who follow in Your ways.

Lord, we are forever grateful for the cross. We worship You Lord Jesus – Our Suffering Saviour, Risen Redeemer and Coming King. Thank You Father for sending Your beloved Son to die, that all who believe in Him might have eternal life. Amen.

Please keep in your prayers those known to you, from our fellowship and village, who are ill and those in grief, pain, anxiety and physical frailties. We would lift before you Oliver, Eileen’s son..

‘Jesus says: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”                                                   Matthew 11:28-29 NIV