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Services throughout the Parish

 

Sunday 7th April

2nd Sunday of Easter - White

Acts 4.32-35   1 John 1.1 - 2.2   John 20.19-31 

 

St Mary           

         8.15am             Communion

         10.30am          Morning Worship with Baptism

         6.30pm             630 Praise        

        

St Nix      

         10.30am           Communion

                                   

St James

         10.30am           Communion

 

St Peter

         6.30pm             Evening Worship

                                    (Book of Common Prayer)

                                            

 

Sunday 14th April

 3rd Sunday of Easter—White

 Acts 3.12-19   1 John 3.1-7    Luke 24.36b-48  

 

St Mary

         8.15am             Communion

         10.30am           Communion

         6.30pm             630 Praise        

        

St Nix                        

         10.30am           Morning Worship

 

St James

         10.30am           Morning Worship

 

St Peter                       

         6.30pm             Communion

                                    (Book of Common Prayer)

                          

 

 

Sunday 21st April

4th Sunday of Easter—White

Acts 4.5-12   1 John 3.16-24   John 10.11-18 

 

St Mary

         8.15am             Communion

         10.30am          Morning Worship

         6.30pm             630 Praise

        

St Nix

         10.30am           Communion

        

St James

         10.30am           Communion

 

St Peter

         6.30pm             Evening Worship

                                    (Book of Common Prayer)

 

 

Sunday 28th April

5th Sunday of Easter—White

Acts 8.26-40   1 John 4.7-21   John 15.1-8  

 

St Mary

         8.15am             Communion

         10.30am          Communion

         6.30pm             630 Praise

 

St Nix

         10.30am           Morning Worship

 

St James

         10.30am           Morning Worship

 

St Peter                       

         6.30pm             Communion

                                    (Book of Common Prayer)

 

                                   

 

                 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

People of Hope

 

As churches we have spent weeks on the journey to the cross with Christ and by the time this goes to print we will have

recounted his passion and will now be trying to understand what the resurrection means for us.

 

Perhaps we need to get out of the fast lane and take life at a steadier pace. Some years ago, I took part in the London 100 bike ride. After what seemed like an eternity waiting to start, I found myself in a group of what felt like thousands of bicycles. The pace we were travelling at felt too fast for me, the noise of the machinery was overwhelming. I couldn’t slow down without causing an accident, I couldn’t move to the side, I was stuck

in my lane having to struggle to keep up, afraid of the

consequences. Eventually the pack spread out and I was able to travel at my own pace.

 

In the Yate and Fromeside churches we have been exploring how it would have felt to have been at the first Holy Week and the first Easter. Trying to place ourselves, our thoughts and feelings into a 2000-year-old story and to gain a sense of how it is a reality for us 2000 years later. We have challenged our ideas about who the baddies and the goodies are in the story, and we have realised that we too would most likely have been caught up with the crowd, too afraid not to be. We are all fallen people. So now we are seeking to find hope and joy as a result of being resurrection people as we are raised with Christ.

 

In a world where everything appears to be broken and all the news is bad it can be difficult to find any hope, joy can be in short supply and when it is there, it can all too often be

overshadowed by worry. Perhaps we need to spend a little time rediscovering how to find joy, peace and happiness. That won’t be found by rushing around at everybody else’s pace, it will be found by listening to God, trusting in him to safely help us to travel with him, to follow him. Jesus is there with us, through the Holy Spirit, leading and guiding us to the places of safety - we just need to be brave enough to trust! He longs to lead us in peace and hope.

Rev Dave Jones

 

 

We need to acknowledge the pain that Christ suffered for us and join in with the resurrection hope. Jurgen Moltmann, a 20th century German theologian, in the shared shame of being a German soldier caught up in a war without choice recognised this: he recognised that Christ was the only true source of hope and joy and although he had no choice he, through Christ, had hope.

 

The central theme of Theology of Hope is promise. The

Christian faith is lived, Moltmann argues, in witness to the promises of a God who can and will make all things right. These promises are offered most clearly in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As through death and

resurrection alone, Jesus breaks the cycle of fear and despair and replaces it with joy and hope.

 

As Christians we share in the joy and the hope of the

resurrection, as it is not just an old story, it is a reality for

us, each and every day.


 
 

Eco report

 

At the February Deanery meeting Kit Connell, the Diocesan

Environment Officer gave details of the ECO awards. There were no Gold Awards but 3 Silver Awards, 2 of which were for the Parish of Yate. There are still a number of Parishes who haven’t started working towards an award. The diocese wants to set up a buddy scheme whereby churches who have already achieved an award help those who are just starting.

Christine Dolton

 

 


 
 

Celebrate St. George!

 

On 1st March, the Welsh wear daffodils and national costume

to honour St. David, their patron saint. On 17th March the Irish wear shamrocks and hold marches in Irish communities all over the world in honour of St. Patrick.

 

Let it not be said that the English lag behind in honour of our own patron saint, St. George.

 

On the evening of Saturday 27th April our St. George’s Day

celebrations will take place in Westerleigh Village Hall at 7pm. Enjoy rousing patriotic songs, a sumptuous buffet of English fare and the companionship of friends and neighbours joining together to honour the patron saint of our beloved country. Wear red and white if you can, wear a rose if you can, most important of all, come if you can.

 

Tickets cost £10. Reserve you place by calling 01454 318157 or emailing kathrynmills@talktalk.net.


 
 






 

Updated Contact Information

Youth & Families Minister: 

Charlie Blackett  Mobile:  07899 099 548   Email:Youthandfamilies@yateparish.org.uk


 





Find out more about The Connection and Those Vicar Blokes on our website at yateparish,org under the heading Explore our Faith

 




 

A Weekly Group at St Nix

Friday Re:fresh runs from 09:30 - 10:30 on a Friday

during term-time held at St Nix.

 

A warm and welcoming group for adults and children (babies to

school age) to spend time together chatting, playing, singing and pondering a spiritual thought of the day. 

 

 

 



 

Morning prayer in Yate Parish


Do you find prayer a little difficult? Would you like some inspiration? Go to the Yate Parish Facebook page to join in Morning Prayer led by our ministry team. You can watch live at 7.30am Monday to Saturday, or watch at any time later in the day. Many people have found it a great start to their day.

 

Weekly at St Mary’s

Thursday Communion at 10.00am

 

Compline @8pm


Before the lockdown happened, we had recorded the saying of Compline. We ask that each evening at 8pm we light a candle in our window and pray together for our nation using the words of the Compline service - it takes just over 5 minutes.


Visit the parish website and click on the recordings to listen; you will find the words of the service there too.



 









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