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St Peter & St Paul

It is with further sadness, that l have to tell you, that due to the new national lockdown, the church wardens, PCC and l have taken the decision to close Middle Rasen church until further notice. (8/1/21)

This means, that all the the churches in our benefice group will now, not be open for either daily private prayer or regular Sunday worship .

It seems to us, that it makes no sense, for the government to be telling everyone to stay at home, not meet with other people and only go out for essential items and exercise, and then for people to gather in an enclosed church setting, especially with the virus being transmitted so easily.

Hopefully though, this will not last too long  [ we will review the situation on February 16th ] and, God willing, it will be our last national lockdown, so we do have a brighter future to anticipate

As before, please do contact me, if you would like to talk or have a private prayer over the phone. Lastly, l will continue to send out my Sunday sermon reflections, and deliver them were necessary. If you have other reflection material, that could be added to some of mine or used instead of, to give a bit more variety, that do send me them to consider. Do use the various internet streaming services that offer daily and Sunday worship. The Walesby Group have some very good ones to join in with.

Do keep safe, warm and may our Lord Jesus bless you this coming year.

Bryan and the churchwardens of Middle Rasen.

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Archbishops invite nation to join them in daily prayer amid Covid-19 pandemic


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting the nation to join them in prayer every evening at 6pm - from 1st February.
 
Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell are encouraging people of all backgrounds to set aside time each day for prayer – if possible stopping wherever they are at 6pm each evening.
 
It follows their call last week for people to pause, ‘reflect on the enormity of this pandemic' and pray for the nation and all those affected.
 
The call followed news that that more than 100,000 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.
 
This evening Archbishop Justin will lead a prayer session on Facebook Live from 6pm (GMT) on his  Facebook page .
 
He is encouraging people to post prayer requests in the comments section and he will pray with them.
 
In a letter to the nation last week, the Archbishops wrote: "We encourage everyone who is feeling scared, or lost or isolated to cast their fears on God.
 
“We also know that poorer communities, minority ethnic communities and those living with disabilities have been afflicted disproportionately and cry out for the healing of these inequalities.”
 
They added: “One thing we can all do is pray. We hope it is some consolation to know that the church prays for the life of our nation every day. Whether you're someone of faith, or not, we invite you to call on God in prayer.
 
“Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.”
  
The call to prayer is also being supported by a number of prayer organisations and denominations including  the Methodist Church of Great Britain and 24-7 Prayer GB. 
 
Prayer resources are available   on the Church of England website .
 

More information:  

  • The first prayer of the month, which will be prayed at 18:00 on Facebook Live by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is:
  • Gracious God,
    as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
    surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
    Be gentle with us in our grief,
    protect us from despair,
    and give us grace to persevere
    and face the future with hope
    in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
    Amen.

 

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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

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If you want to talk in private via phone: speak to:

Church Treasurer Nicola Cartwright, or 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

 

Methodist Church

At present (8/1/21) we have no services at any of my Methodist Churches (Glentham, Middle Rasen, Market Rasen, Caistor, Nettleton, & Marton). 

Each Sunday we have a zoom worship service at 4.00 pm so people interested are welcome to just phone me at 01673-843362 for the ID and Passcode.  The services last about 45 minutes finishing up with Breakout groups if people desire. 

There is a monthly Methodist Way of Life study group.  This is held on the first Monday of each month at 7.00 pm.  Although it's called, Methodist Way of Life, anyone is welcome to join in.  For more information, please call Rev Heather at 01673-843362 or email:  wilsonhthr56@aol.com

Also available through Wolds & Trent Circuit is Alpha and the details can be found on the Caistor Methodist Facebook.   

Rev Heather Wilson

The update on Middle Rasen Chapel is that they had to halt work temporarily but are hoping to finish in the next couple of weeks.  However, the church is still closed at present.  Blessings, Heather 

How to Stay Positive during the Pandemic

In our recent Bible Study we are looking at 1 Thessalonians. In Chapter 5, we find these words: “Reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs…Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens…The One who called you is completely dependable” (The Message). These words seem to fly in the face of the latest instructions to stay home and stay safe. Yet, never are the words from Paul's letter to the Thessalonians more applicable than today. We see phrases like, reach out, be patient and attentive, look for the best and bring out the best in each other, be cheerful, pray, and be thankful.

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Early last year, William Arruda wrote in Forbes, 9 Ways To Stay Positive During The Coronavirus Pandemic.

1) Limit your intake of the news.

2) Look to the past. Get hope from past resilience.

3) Watch a funny video.

4) Look after your neighbours.

5) Support your local businesses.

6) Send gifts in the mail.

7) Take advantage of found time when appointments are cancelled.

8) Practice random acts of kindness and close everyday with something positive.

9) Take a daily inventory.

There is always something for which to be thankful. Think about your worst moment in your worst day and it will surprise you what you can still give praise about something. Survival in this pandemic seems to depend upon looking to the needs of others. We can still reach out by phoning and arranging for a neighbour's needs to be met. We can be patient with others and look for the best in them. If someone telephones wanting to talk because they are lonely or afraid, we can lend a listening ear. It is up to us to remain cheerful and dwell on the positive things that we have – a warm home, food, clothing, family, and friends. We can trust the One who is completely dependable.

William Arruda, Forbes.https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamarruda/2020/03/15/9-ways-to-stay-positive-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/?sh=1be7b4985a8e

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If someone has need of prayer and would like to email or call, I am privileged to oblige. If anyone would just like a listening ear, you are welcome to telephone me and I'll be happy to chat.  Contact is by email on wilsonhthr56@aol.com or telephone on 01673 843362

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Hilary Evans, President of Methodist Women in Britain, wrote this prayer:

Lord, for the days we could just stay in bed,

For the days we can't settle to sleep,

For the days when the world seems to have too many problems,

For the days when we are filled with the joy of creation,

We give thanks that, whatever our mood, you are there with us.

Amen.

Heather Wilson

 

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!
Well, the terrible Coronavirus has put paid to that idea; but to get into the Christmas spirit a little and as we might not be able to physically meet any time soon, it has been suggested that we could maybe go “virtual” this year with Zoom digital connections. Full instructions will be given as to how to link into the Zoom facility. There will probably be about 3 sessions in early to mid December and it is open to all!

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!”
If you are interested, or need any further details, please contact Andrew on 07768 007110 (email Zylot@btinternet.com ) or me on 01673-842663. (Email ron.myland@btinternet.com ). Let's meet up and sing up - no previous experience is necessary!

Ron Myland

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Anne Crawforth

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