Welcome to All Saints today, 20 August 2017

….to All Saints this morning.  Today we’re continuing our Summer Programme.  It’s all about the miracles of Jesus which John recounts in his Gospel in the New Testament.  Today Berno our Youth Minister will be sharing about Jesus healing of the man who was blind.  (Check out Berno’s Back Page Focus on Vocation.).

And at Breakfast@9 we are looking at ‘Books that inspired me’.  This morning Lindy Cameron will be sharing about one of her favourite Christian books.

If you are new to All Saints do introduce yourself to us – you’ll find we are a very friendly bunch!  And if you would like to know more about All Saints check out the flyers on the rack near the entrance and speak to feel free to speak to one of the service leaders or to Andrew, our vicar.

Do join us for refreshments before and after the services – and if you would like some prayer ministry the prayer ministry team will be at the front on the left at the end of the 10.30 service.

This evening we have the annual Lifeboat Service which will be on the Pier at 6.00pm.  It’s a great annual event – do join us.

And whether you are a regular or a visitor to All Saints for the very first time, have a wonderful day!

There's a lot happening this week

Monday-Friday - we share Morning Prayer in the Quiet Room at 8.15

Tuesday – Town wide prayer at the Salvation Army 9.00-10.00

Wednesday – we have Holy Communion in the Quiet Room at 10.00. 

Thursday – the Prophetic Prayer Group meets in the Quiet Room at 8.45 - plus in the Hall there’s Coffee Pot from 10.00

Saturday – we have our Hour of Prayer 9.00-10.00 in the Quiet Room focusing on our missions

Next Sunday – we have Holy Communion at 8.00, Breakfast@9 at 9.00, Family Worship at 10.30 plus Churches Together Songs of Praise at 6.30 at St Mary’s (tea from 5.45)

Do join us– you’ll be really welcome!

 

Church family news  ...

 

20 August 2017

Next Sunday it’s Churches Together Songs of Praise – we’re meeting at St Mary’s at 5.45 for tea, 6.30 for the start of the service proper.  Just like the BBC programme, we’ll be singing some well loved traditional and modern hymns and songs, and I’ll be interviewing some famous Swanage personalities.  The first is the Mayor, Councillor Mike Bonfield.  And from All Saints, Alice Burridge (who contributed last week’s Back Page Focus) will be telling us about how the Lord has been moving in her life over the last few years and what she believes she is being led to in the future.  So it should be a great evening – again a really good event to invite unchurched people along to.   We’ll be taking up a collection for Admiral Nurses which is the Mayor of Swanage’s chosen charity for the year (the Mayor, Counsellor Mike Bonfield, is our first interviewee).

Thank you so much – for everyone’s hard work in cleaning and painting the Rectory.  It’s looking like a new building! There is some cleaning and painting is still to be finished and we’ll also be doing a quick dust and vacuum after the carpets have been laid and immediately before John and Helen arrive. If you can give some time, please contact the churchwardens at St Mary’s, Danny Smith on 422464, email: organist60@sky.com, or Avril Harris on 425774, email: avril_swanage@hotmail.com .

A Big Day for baby Samuel – on 3 September we are holding a special Breakfast@10 to celebrate the baptism of Samuel Clark, the son of Ollie and Kate and the grandson of Ro Clark.  This is going to be a very special event in the life of the Clark family and our church family so do put this in your diaries now.

Farm Church Harvest – we won’t be able to hold this now as planned on 10 September but we will be celebrating harvest in All Saints a few weeks later.

Joy’s funeral – please pray for the funeral of Andrea’s daughter Joy on Wednesday 23 August – for Joy’s husband Matt, for Andrea, Ted and the whole family and for Petra, the minister who will be taking the funeral, that the Lord will bring his peace and comfort and bring good out of a terrible tragedy.  Thank you so much

Fete proceeds – the final profit made at the fete was £2854.11 which is a brilliant result considering that it was such a wet day.  Thanks so much to everyone who took part.  The profit will be split equally between church funds and Admiral Nurses.

 

Place of Welcome Volunteers – Please could you spare one Tuesday morning a month to make drinks and chat with people at Place of Welcome, 21 Commercial Road (beyond Chococo). Timing is 9.45- 12.15.  If you would like to know more, please phone Alan on 07495 534171 or drop in to see him.  Place of Welcome is a drop-in providing a free drink, good conversation and local information for people who live alone or cannot afford café prices.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Any Questions – On Tuesday 12 September the ‘Any Questions’ group will be meeting at Swanage Methodist Church.  The speaker will be Canon David Winter who will be making a welcome return visit to Swanage.  His subject will be ‘The Gospels for 2017 – a fresh look at three of Jesus’ miracles’.  David is a former Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC as well as a prolific author and contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4 and the Church Times.  The meeting will begin with coffee at 7.15.

Ride and Stride – takes place on Saturday 9 September.  If you would be interested in taking part in this to raise money for Dorset Historic Churches and for All Saints, have a word with Mike Hayes who has all the info.

Connect is backConnect is holding a one day prayer and worship event at Holton Lee from 2.00-8.00 on Sunday 17 September.  The Purbeck church leaders feel it is important to come together to praise, pray, worship and intercede for our area, our county and our nation so it’s going to be called If My People.   This won’t be one you’ll want to miss so do put it in your diaries now!  The event is free but you’ll need to register – you can register for one or all three sessions at ifmypeopledorset.eventbrite.co.uk/.

Can you help with parking or serving coffee for Connect/IfMyPeople -  Mike is organising the car parking.  Basically we are looking for some people (at least 4 or 5) to do a 2 hour stint showing people where to park.  All you have to sign up for is two hours from 12-2, 2-4, 4-6 or 6-8.  Please contact Mike and let him know. 

And the Sailors’ Society will also be there serving their own brand of Fair Trade tea and coffee (with their own barrista!).  But they need some help.  If you could do a stint helping them on that could you let me know and I will put you in contact with Mark Warner of the Sailors’ Society.  Thank you very much.

Swanage Action for Refugees – the refugee family from Syria is arriving imminently but they need help financially because due to the recent government Benefits Cap, the Housing Benefit that the family will receive, falls £130 a week, short of the rent. We somehow need to make up this shortfall but all it takes is 100 people giving £5 per month.  If you can help please contact James Davies on jameswdavies@talktalk.net or 475770.  Thank you very much

Back page focus on ...Vocation

 

It might seem hard to believe but Berno, Lucy and Heidi have been with us for just over a year.  We asked Berno to reflect on God’s call on his life as his ministry has developed in the last twelve months…

The Wave Youth – Our Youth Minister a year on

It has been a year since I first took on the position as Youth Minister in Swanage and I never planned, desired or expected to be doing this. When I considered what my vocation might be I knew that it involved people, I just didn’t know how. I would look at my employment history and education, yet I would still have no idea what it is I wanted to do. Some people seem to be born with that ambition, desire and vision, however I am not one of them.

After attempting to move out of Swanage three times in the last three years, God continued to keep us here and suddenly all my previous work experience is brought together and fulfilled within this role. I can now clearly see that God has brought Lucy, Heidi and myself into this community to live out His love.

It hasn’t been an easy journey due to life being so unpredictable; however we found that through trusting in God’s guidance we discover why we find ourselves in certain places and situations. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

I find the hardest part is not to lean on my own understanding; however I am discovering that the more I trust and submit to God, the more I realise how unreliable my own understanding is. You might still be wondering what your vocation is - God knows the answer to that and He will guide you when you ask Him.

Berno Vierbergen

 

Have a great week