God's People, Reaching Up, Reaching In, Reaching Out
Welcome.....to Good News Church, Whaley Bridge
Due to the Corona Virus we are not able to gather face to face for worship at the moment but it is important we keep meeting together in other ways.
We have been at meeting via technology and can email / post out a service sheet so all can join in or be included. If you are not a regular at Good News Church - please contact us and we can give details.
We are reminded - we are the church - the people - being built together as Living Stones. It's not the building. If anyone needs prayer, a pastoral chat, would like a Good News paper sending out or any other assistance please also contact us.
Rob and Cheryl Cross
National call to prayer from Churches Together England
Presidents of Churches Together in England issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic on Sunday 22nd March, and this has continued at 7pm each night
This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds. At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions. There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways. In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period. We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope. “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7
Presidents of Churches Together in England Archbishop
Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator
Archbishop Angaelos of London, CTE President for the Orthodox Churches
Pastor Agu Irukwu, CTE Pentecostal President
We thought about Fairtrade issues in the 3 Sundays of Fairtrade Fortnight 23 Feb to 8 March
Through Lent this year will be using the above materials, focussing on our care for God's creation. The lent groups have been cancelled but the daily readings can still be followed in the books or online.
Thanksgiving service - Toddbrook Dam crisis
To watch Sat 28 Sept service see www.whaleybridge.com
All welcome. For more details email or ring Rob & Cheryl 01663 750435