Middle Rasen Church Notices
With Christian Care
St Peter & St Paul
The Midnight Mass and 6pm Christmas Service need to be booked through Bryan by email – email@example.com or 01673 842759.
Please can you leave your name and contact number on the answer machine if you call and there is no reply! It will be first come, first served, as we are limited with numbers! The Christmas service this year will be a shorter service with readings and we will listen to carols (sadly not sing – unless guidelines change!)
Thank you for your continuing support and for the generous monetary gifts to the church at this time, as the church has very little income coming in at present, except what you give.
Account name: Middle Rasen PCC
Sort code: 40 32 05 ......Account number: 00586528
If you want to talk in private via phone: speak to:
Church Treasurer Nicola Cartwright,
Church Warden Stephen Cartwright on 01673 842010
If you need to talk, pray over the phone, or something picking up from the shop of pharmacy please do let me know.
Yours in Christ,
Bryan and the Church Wardens
Sadly, we still have no news about opening Middle Rasen Chapel - In the meantime, Market Rasen is open for worship on Sundays at 10.30 am, Gainsborough and Caistor are also open on Sundays or you can join in the weekly Zoom services on Sunday at 4.00 pm.
Rev Heather Wilson
A Message from Heather Wilson
Mark 10:13-14, "People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'"
In today's social media-driven culture, we're used to name-dropping, endorsing, tagging, and self-promotion. I once heard someone boldly declare, "It's not about who you know, it's about who knows you." Just look at the Facebook mentality and consider when someone says, "How many friends do you have?" Or "how many followers do you have on twitter?" I'm not against social media, it's more important than ever in this uncertain climate. Certainly, anything, including Facebook, zoom, skype, email, twitter can be used for good purposes. I would not have survived the challenges of ministry these past six months without zoom, in spite of the technical glitches and steep learning curve. We have had council meetings, church services, prayer meetings, and Bible studies on these network vehicles. If you want to know how to do anything on the computer, just ask one of your children or grandchildren for help!
In this passage, Jesus welcomes the children and rebukes the disciples for preventing people from bringing the children to him. In the Kingdom of God, which Jesus was speaking about in this passage, it seems to be an upside down kind of mentality. For what's truly important in kingdom theology is Who knows you! If you know Jesus and Jesus knows you, it doesn't matter how well-known or unknown you are to the rest of the world. It is enough to know that He loves you. Safe and secure in His Father's love, Jesus ignores the prejudices of the crowd. He welcomes little children who had nothing to offer him. In other verses, Jesus welcomes the sinners and eats with the tax collectors. He meets with a Samaritan woman and has a genuine theological conversation with her. The disciples were surprised to see Jesus speaking with a woman of the Samaritan race. This Samaritan woman, like the little children had nothing to offer Jesus, or so it seemed. Consider this question, "are you ever tempted to show more love or generosity toward those who can reciprocate? Why not try in the coming weeks to do something for someone who cannot repay you. Perhaps, give generously and privately!
Let us pray
Loving God, you are perfect love. Forgive us for loving selfishly and doing good to those who can reward us with praise, appreciation and reciprocation. Thank you for loving us when we had nothing to give you. Help us to love and care for others. Amen
St Peter & St Paul Group - Events and News
Middle Rasen Pop Up Choir – Christmas Carols
After the success of the Christmas choir last year, it was suggested at the time, that we should do it again this year - on the basis that we all knew a little more of what we were about!
Andrew Morrison is happy to lead us again, but with the proviso, once more, that it is for fun! in his words, “ I am not a proper choirmaster!”
MIDDLE RASEN METHODIST CHAPEL
Middle Rasen Methodist Guild
Smalls For All
Smallsforall.org is a charity, which collects and distributes underwear to Africa. Helping those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, providing underwear and to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. We are collecting packets of ladies' or children's pants that must be new , the most needed are for children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-14 . While they collect all colours, the ladies' pants in greatest demand are black – in full brief, midi, mini or high leg. They also accept new or ‘gently worn' bras, which can be any size , including sports and nursing bras, but not teen, cropped-top style or bikini tops. (By ‘gently worn' means bras that are in good condition and still have good wear left in them.) We were shocked to hear that young girls who don't wear bras are at great risk of attack from boys and men, whereas girls who do wear them are thought to be from a wealthy family and are much less likely to be attacked.
Collection points in Middle Rasen are: Middle Rasen Methodist Church, Wednesdays, first and third Thursday mornings of each month, second Saturday morning of each month and Sunday Mornings and evenings; Rase WI group, Middle Rasen Village Hall Wilkinson Drive, LN8 3UD fourth Wednesday from 7.30 pm onwards. This is an on-going project so we will be sending parcels to Smalls for All on a regular basis. Thank you.