We hope you are all enjoying the summer holidays, though the weather hasn't been too good so far!
On Sunday our Gospel reading told of Jesus feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. It's such a familiar story that we sometimes forget what it shows: that God can turn a little into great abundance.
This was an appropriate story for our Sunday talk. Amanda, finance officer from Diocese of Birmingham, gave a talk introducing us to the "Parish Giving Scheme", a new and improved way of giving to our churches by direct debit. As we all know, it's an important of our worship of God to give back a share of what He has given us to the church, so it's good to have it made as simple as possible.
Our church council has decided to adopt this method, so more information will be coming soon. We know that with God's help our giving to the work of the church will be turned into abundance.
Don't forget: we are meeting this Wednesday (9th Aug) to clean and tidy our church building. Do come along any time between 10am and 4pm.
And, just in case you haven't got the date on your calendar, don't forget that our International Evening is 16th September!
May all church members and visitors to the website have a blessed week.
We are continuing to have a wonderful Trinity season deepening our knowledge of God. Sunday's sermon focused on the Parable of the Sower, which you can read in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 13. It's a big question: are our hearts devoted and committed to the work of God?
Is your heart a hard heart, like the bad soil?
Is your heart shallow, like the rocky soil?
Is your heart divided, like the thorny soil?
Or is your heart like the good soil, that represents a fruitful heart? A fruitful heart will be loving, obedient, forgiving, abiding in truth and filled with the spirit (see Ephesians 4: 22-32). We pray that we will all strive for a fruitful heart this summer.
Don't forget the BBQ after church on Sunday (23rd). All welcome!