ST ANDREW'S NEWS UPDATE - 14 January

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus our Lord."                                         1 Thessalonians 5 verses 16 -18

I guess most of us feel there is not much to rejoice about at the moment, but the great news is that whatever else has been restricted in our lives, we can still pray and talk to God about everything and anything and He's always ready to listen to us.  
We have decided, with the case numbers rising, that we will hold our services on zoom only for the next month (at least), but that doesn't mean church is closed.  I want to encourage you to visualise St Andrew's being present in each street where we live and to encourage you to pray for your street, as well as joining us on zoom for our services.  There's also a special service this month for the Annual Week of prayer for Christian Unity, on Sunday 24th January at 6.30pm when we'll be joining with Christians from across North Swindon to worship and pray together.  Finally, we love having hymns to sing along to at our zoom services, so we'll be recording a couple more songs in the week too.
You'll find the details of all these things below, so please join us virtually even though we aren't meeting physically.  If you'd like someone to chat to or pray with, please don't hesitate to give me a ring: 07588 594410, I'd love to hear from you.

God bless
Sally
Revd Sally Robertson, Priest-in-charge
Praying for our community
St Andrew's church family is spread across North Swindon and we can bring God's love and blessing to each of our roads by choosing to pray regularly for our neighbours.  We have produced a poster with a simple prayer to let your street know you are praying (there's space for you to fill in your street name).   You'll find it here.  Why not print out 2 copies* and put one in your window and one in a prominent position inside as a reminder?  We'll also post a prayer theme each week on our homepage to help in your praying.  Prayer is really just us, as God's children, talking to our heavenly Father, so any words you say out loud or in your hearts will be heard by Him.   
 



*If you don't have a printer and would like a couple of posters, please let me know and I will post them to you.
Worshipping together on zoom
All our services for the next month are only available via zoom.  Please use this link http://bit.ly/StANS  from a computer, enter meeting id 813 6651 6924 on the app or by phone dial 0208 080 6592 and enter 813 6651 6924 # 
 
Sunday 17th January 10am
Morning Prayer
Wednesday 20th January 11am
Coffee, Prayer and chat  
Sunday 24th January 10am
Morning Prayer
Wednesday 27th January 11am
Coffee, Prayer and chat  
Sunday 31st January 10am
Morning Prayer
Wednesday 3rd February 11am
Coffee, Prayer and chat  
Sunday 7th February 10am
Children's Service

Wednesday 10th February 11am
Coffee, Prayer and chat 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service


You can join with Christians from across North Swindon for the week of prayer for Christian Unity service on zoom at 6.30pm on Sunday 24th January but please note it is a different link from our normal services: https://tinyurl.com/WOP24JAN.  You can also listen to the service at the time or for a couple of weeks afterwards by dialling 01793 939015 and if you miss it you can watch it afterwards on Youtube: https://youtu.be/TXAnkekyFmc.
The week of prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18th - 25th January and you can join with Christians around the world by using the provided prayer resources each day, which you'll find here.   
 
Singing God's praises
Singing together is probably one of the parts of worship we miss the most, but we can sing along at home and record ourselves to create some beautiful congregational hymns to be used in our services.  The next 2 hymns we are recording are 'O for a thousand tongues to sing' and  'Be still for the presence of the Lord, the holy one is here'.  If you'd like to take part you just need a laptop (or similar), some headphones and a phone to record onto.  It's surprisingly simple and the instructions are really helpful.  You'll find them here.  Why not give it a go?  Please send in your recordings before 23rd January.
If you would like to continue giving to St Andrew's, either a one off donation or regularly, you'll find details here.
If you give by envelope you are welcome to deliver your envelopes to
8 Wicks Close SN25 1QH. 
Or use the QR code to donate by card.   
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!  
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