10K AND FUN RUN.
We have been asked by the Scouts for volunteers to marshall or register participants for this event. As in past years there will be no morning service, so if you feel able to help, please let Jenny know.
KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
The New Year is now well underway and where-ever you seem to look there is uncertainty of the future. Brexit is still hot news in the papers and television and whatever side you find yourself on there is still uncertainty for the future. News of major UK employers pulling out of the UK and moving factories and work to other areas is devastating news for the whole of the UK. Young people are leaving university and many are having difficulty finding work. Then we have concern about global warming. Although the warm dry weather in February has been welcomed by many there are those who are concerned that this is a sign of global warming and with it will bring the possibility of water shortages this summer if the dry weather continues. Young people are particularly concerned over global warming to the point that a protest march was organised recently.
Closer to home we have the uncertainty of whether we will be successful in appointing a new minister to St Andrew's. Amongst all this uncertainty the seasons continue to come and go.
Recently I saw a sea of snowdrops raising their heads and looking glorious in the February sunshine. It caused me to stop in my tracks and remember that God is faithful and unchanging. He is the 'same yesterday today and forever' (Hebrews 13:8) and his 'love endures forever' (Psalm 136:2) The recent mental health training which is taking place over a number of weeks in church has highlighted how many people suffer with worry. Jesus words in Mathews 6:28 puts it all into perspective. It reminds us that worrying can not change things 'Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labour or spin’. The snowdrops I saw were not lilies but the same principle applies. God wants us to trust in him completely in the knowledge that he is Lord and sovereign over all.
EVENTS DATES AT ST. ANDREW’S FOR THE DIARY
26 February – Interview day, please pray for all involved in this day.
23 March – Mental Health Training- Self harm and Eating disorders.
24 March - Church Annual General Meeting after the shortened service.
31 March – Mothering Sunday and parade
7 April - 10K and fun run – no morning service, possible an afternoon service.
17 April – Easter Fun Day.
CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING
This year, our Annual Meeting will be after morning service on the 24th March. The service will be a bit shorter than usual and we normally have the meeting just after coffee at 11.30 and aim to be finished by 12.30.
There will be a bring and share lunch to follow. Nomination notices are now posted in the vestibule, so if you feel you are able to fill one of the vacancies please sign up or encourage someone else to do so.
CHRISTIAN AID: LENT PROJECT 2019
This year we have pledged to raise £5,000 to support a project that focuses on helping people displaced by the conflict in Syria. The charity, Bread for the World, is matching every £1 we raise with £6, so in fact we will be able to say that we have provided £35,000.
We hope that you will help us to achieve our annual target. Throughout Lent please put all you can afford into your collecting box supplied by C.A. and hand it in to Barry Jex at, or soon after, Easter. Boxes will be available from 3 March just in time for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, 6 March.
There is a need for volunteers on the rotas for helping with groups, if you are able to offer your support, it would be most welcome.
MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING
Following the 2 previous sessions the next one will be on Saturday 23 March and the subject will be self harm and eating disorders. It will be held in the lounge and will start at 10am and finish at 1pm. Please let Elaine Hollings know on 07855 982531 for numbers and seating.
EASTER FUN DAY
Wednesday 17 April 10.00am to 3.00pm. Activity day for children 4 -11. Bring a packed lunch – cost £3.
If you can help for the whole or part of the session please let Jenny know,
AN EVENING WITH ROB PARSONS OF CARE FOR THE FAMILY
The Wisdom House
When: 13 March
Where: Network church (Philadelphia) S6 3BL
Cost: Adults £7 Concessions: £4
Rob will unpack some of the life lessons he has learnt – a few he has learnt the hard way! Here is a flavour of what you can expect on the night:
Rob has travelled the world meeting people from all walks of life and from cultures as diverse as those of New York and Borneo. He has spoken to governments, blue chip companies and over a million individuals. He has also written more than 20 books.
Bring your friends and neighbours to this popular event. You’ll hear stories that will touch your heart and moments to laugh together ….
If you would like a ticket please contact Sally 01246 767838
On 6 March at Dronfield Parish Church
Holy Communion Services
with ash for repentance, water for forgiveness and oil for anointing with God’s Spirit.
10.00am Preacher James Morley
8.00pm Andy Gore.