It was good to meet together and worship this morning. Based on the imagery of Psalm 23, we thought about how Jesus, the Good Shepherd refreshes our souls. The picture 'still waters and green pastures' in Ps 23 is underlined by Jesus' invitation in John 7:37-38 "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink." Some questions for your own reflection and prayer this week:
What can we do to deepen our trust and relationship with Jesus and continue to receive spiritual refreshment from the Holy Spirit?
What is God opening your eyes to in your life, and in our church's life?
What is your testimony of God's goodness?
LIVESTREAMING AND IN-PERSON AT ST MARY'S Do join us for In-Person worship on Sundays at 10.15am at St Mary's. You do NOT need to book but all COVID safety requirements will be followed. If you cannot or do not feel ready yet, to come to St Mary's, do follow the 'LIVESTREAM' service as it takes place at 10.15 on Sunday on www.thirskparishes.org/live or facebook.com/Thirskparishes or youtube. THE6 This Sunday 16th May at 6pm we gather to worship with the opportunity for informal worship prayer and ministry. ZOOM COFFEE AFTER WORSHIP We have decided that as we should not mingle after service and many have appreciated the fellowship time over ZOOM, we will continue to meet for coffee from 11.15am. Do join us when you get back home from St Mary's or straight after the 'LIVESTREAM' if you are already home. Meeting ID: 835 8694 1587 Password:Thirsk
'GROWING WITH GOD' SURVEY As we come out of lockdown, we are taking stock, and planning for the future. To help us plan we have put together a survey 'Growing with God' that will be arriving with you this week. Do help us by filling it in online if you can or by returning the completed form to us. ALPHA Alpha online starts this Tuesday 11th May. Alpha is a great place to explore big questions of life, faith and meaning. If you would like to take part, or know someone who would then please do get in touch with Derek. Do pray for all those who come, that they will discover faith and life in Christ.
SMALL GROUPS Small Groups and Monday Morning Prayer are continuing to meet online for the moment. Let us know if you would like the Zoom details. You can download Zoom from www.zoom.us
KEEPING FAITH AFLAME AT HOME
We hope you are finding the booklet of worship resources for the season a support for those who remain at home. Do let us know if you would like a copy or someone who would value it.
Use these Zoom details: Meeting ID: 845 2679 6409 Password:prayers
GIVING This year has hit many churches financially, and we are so grateful for your continued generous giving. If you usually give through the plate or use the free will offering envelopes, please do continue to set aside your giving. If you would like someone to collect your envelopes and deliver them to church, do ask. If you wish to give online you can do this securely on the website at www.thirskparishes.org/give. ANNUAL MEETINGS Do join us for our APCM's, this is an opportunity to celebrate all that has happened in the last year, and to appoint our PCCs and office holders for the year to come. St Mary's - Sunday 16th May after the 10:15am service St Wilfrid's – Wednesday 5th May at 2pm St Leonard's - Wednesday 12th May at 3pm St Lawrence's - Monday 24th May at 7pm
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Christian Aid Week this week 10 - 16 May 2021. Envelopes are being delivered around town and they can be handed in at Towlers in the Market Place, or people can give on line. For more details contact Sue Armstrong. AV VOLUNTEERS Would you like to learn how to operate the St Mary's new audio visual system? We are looking for volunteers to help of all levels of ability. Full training will be given and no previous experience is required. This is a new way in which we are reaching out to our community and if you would like to join the team or would like more information or to just come and have a look please speak to David. If you, a friend or neighbour would value a phone call do let me know by telephoning 01845 574742. Also, do let me know if you could volunteer to offer practical help to others, for example collecting shopping or prescriptions. It is important that no-one is forgotten, and we find ways to care for one another.
Derek, Helen, Mary, David, Jill, Tracey