Welcome to your Saturday bulletin from All Saints....
I do hope you will be able to connect with us for worship tomorrow. It's been lovely seeing the Little Saints again as we have been experimenting with zoom Family Worship over the last couple of weeks. Do join in tomorrow at 10.30am, whatever your age, by using the zoom details below. Our theme tomorrow is Baby Jesus, the Refugee as we think about the story from Matthew 2.13-18. You are also welcome to just join the call at 11.00am for a social time.
Morning Prayer<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> will be led by Emily at 9.00am on Facebook </span>https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsloughborough
Support for Schools
A big thank you to everyone who responded to the appeal for laptops and ipads/tablets to support Loughborough Church of England Primary School (LCEPS) after the note in last week's email bulletin. It really is a challenging time for teachers, parents and children and lack of access to technology and broadband is impacting many families in our community. We shall be reaching out to our other local primary schools this week along with continuing our support for LCEPS so do please get in touch if you have anything you think you can donate.
I am really pleased to finally be able to announce that Liz Piki, who is currently on placement with us as an ordinand (trainee vicar) will be staying on with us following her ordination to serve her curacy. Curacy is the first post you take after ordination training and usually lasts around three years so we really look forward to supporting Liz grow in her calling as an ordained minister. Liz and her family moved to Loughborough over the Christmas break in readiness for her curacy beginning later on this year. In the meantime Liz continues to be part of the All Saints team whilst writing her essays and studying at St Mellitus college. There is a picture of Liz and some of her family attached about whom Liz writes:
'I am pleased to be introducing my family to you all. It is, indeed, a great privilege to be based at All Saints and Holy Trinity, thank you all for welcoming me to the parish with warmth. I am married to France and we have four children, one son and 3 three daughters. France is an Armed Forces veteran, who served with the Royal Logistics Corps in Aldershot, Hampshire. He now works as a Mental Health Nurse. Bradley our eldest son is 25 years old, he lives in Scotland and has a 15 month-old daughter Camilla, our delightful granddaughter! Belinda is 20 years old, Gabriella 14 years and Danielle 9. I am also pleased to be supported by my five siblings, four sisters, a brother, nephews and nieces, most of whom live in Leicestershire.'
Called Together Service
On the 23rd January at 11.00am seven new Readers and one new Pastoral Assistant will be licensed by Bishop Martyn in the annual service that celebrates the incredible variety and contribution of lay ministers to the Diocese of Leicester. One of those new Readers will be on own Penny Pullan and alongside her Bob Smith will be relicensed to All Saints as his new parish. The following day we shall be marking this special occasion at our own Sunday service as we affirm the Reader ministry of Penny, Bob and Martyn Davison amongst us. The Called Together service will be on Zoom and everyone is invited to follow the service via a link that will be available on the diocesan website nearer the time.
Next Sunday 24th January
Our morning service will be broadcast on our YouTube Channel in the morning with visiting preacher Revd. Liz Rawlins and in the evening, a change to the published plan of Conversation & Compline, we shall support the annual united service organised by Loughborough Churches Partnership which will be available to view from 6.30pm on both Facebook and YouTube. The theme this year is Finding Hope, Being Hope and the preacher is Pastor Joseph Nipah. I shall send links in next week's bulletin.
I am once again doing my weekly deep dive into the Sunday bible readings on Tuesday lunchtimes on Youtube. Each week I invite three other preachers to join me for a conversation about the texts coming up. Tune in live at 12.15 or catch up in the week. You can find all previous episodes along with previous week's services on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNymtzHV8G_EfZprXch9RIg
Facebook Social Group
Don't forget if you use Facebook we have an All Saints social group which is a great way to stay connected and encourage one another. Search for All Saints social and ask to join.
And lastly here is a prayer for the Epiphany season which I hope you might find helpful over the coming weeks....
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen