Dear Church Family,
Last Thursday marked the Feast of The Ascension, 40 days since Easter Day. If Advent, Christmas, and the subsequent life of Jesus remind us that God is truly with us, then the ascension reminds us that our wounded and risen saviour is also the King of the Universe. The Son of God has always been at the right hand of the Father of course. Scripture tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). What the Ascension does is take our wounded humanity into the highest point of heaven, forever ensuring that we too inherit what the Son of God does from the Father: which is the eternal life and righteousness of Christ himself.
Ephesians chapter 1 even reminds us that The Holy Spirit is given to us as a promise of what those “in Christ” will one day inherit.
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1: 13-14
So, as we move toward the feast of Pentecost next weekend, let’s remind ourselves that the bond between humanity and God can never be broken because of our risen and ascended Lord.
Christian Aid Week
Over the last week, we have been supporting Christian Aid Week, hosting coffee mornings, and looking forward to tonight’s Zoom quiz. Please also pop a donation into the gift envelopes or donate directly into the church bank account. This year’s appeal focusses on the Climate Emergency and the disproportionate effect it has on the developing world.
If you haven’t already signed up, don’t worry – you can still join in with tonight’s quiz. You can enter as an individual (£5 per ticket) or a multi-person household (£10 per ticket). Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories – all ages are welcome! The quiz starts at 7pm.
The Zoom details are:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 9694 8504
We will finish off the week with special Eucharist services tomorrow, with our soon to be parish curate Lisa Whymark preaching in both churches.
You can find out more about the appeal on the Christian Aid website - www.christianaid.org.uk
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) – Pentecost Sunday
Due to current Covid restrictions we have had to put the APCM back to Sunday 23rd May 2021. The meeting will follow on immediately after the 9.30am service, hopefully starting at around 11am. Consequently, there won’t be an 11.15am service on that day for which I apologise in advance.
The APCM is an opportunity for anyone on the electoral roll to vote in new PCC members, to appoint Church Wardens, to ask questions pertaining to areas of parish life and ministry, to celebrate the developments of the previous year, and to hear what the vision for the church is in the coming year. For those of you unable to attend in person, we will also be streaming the meeting on our Zoom platform.
The APCM Zoom details are:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 820 0801 3857
You now join us in church for worship on the following days:
Sundays – 9.30am at St Peter’s, 11.15am at All Saints.
Wednesdays – 9.30am at All Saints for Prayer Book Holy Communion
Contemporary Evening Worship (CEW) on the 1st Sunday of the month at St Peter’s starting at 7pm.
You can also join us on Facebook for our Sunday Eucharist at 9.30am and for Morning Prayer at 9am, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Go to www.facebook.com/huttonparish to join in.
May God Bless you all,