Harvest Madagascar Appeal: Madagascar has been affected severely by recent floods and droughts. The Anglican Church is responding with emergency aid and training in preparation for future disasters. The PCC has decided that our Harvest Collection should go to this good cause as the world has largely ignored the devastation suffered there and the PCC wishes to show love and compassion for the people of Madagascar. Our money will go through USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) directly to the Church there & the PCC asks for your generous support.
FOSM: Please remember to collect used stamps, foreign coins and notes, and obsolete British coins for FOSM - if you have any spare please bring them to any event, put them in an envelope and pop in the wall safe in the church, or give them to Joyce Spruce or Steph Bennell. There is a box for stamps on the FOSM table near the font in the church.
The Food Bank: Donations are badly needed and your contributions are very gratefully received. It is important that the items are well within the sell-by dates as unfortunately, it can be several weeks before there is enough to merit a delivery. The food from our bin in church is taken to the Salvation Army in Woodbridge who are always in need of donations and even have to buy in food in order to have enough to go round. I know we are always being asked to give to good causes, but if you can keep popping something in our bin it would be much appreciated, any non-perishable foods are more than welcome. Thank you. FOSM
On Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 7.30pm Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich IP4 3DF, Suffolk County Music Service presents "a musical journey through time" performed by Suffolk Young Strings with Conductor: Janet Rowe & Leader: Daniel Oyebade.
Christians across Suffolk are responding with gifts of food, clothing and donations to help those suffering in the aftermath of the tragic blaze at Grenfell Tower - as Bishop Martin tells how he feels heartbroken by the tragedy which could have been avoided. Amongst those Christians responding are the South West Ipswich Team Ministry with a Grenfell Tower Relief Appeal. Revd Robert Hinsley, team rector of Ipswich churches, said: “We would like to play our part and extend the hand of friendship from Suffolk to our sisters and brothers who have been affected and who have provided such an amazing response in the hours after the blaze began. “The donations will be sent through the Clement James Centre, a part of the church of St. Clement and St. James who have been responding since the incident began.” Anyone who would like to support Revd Hinsley’s churches appeal can send cheques payable to SWITM PCC in an envelope stating it is for the Grenfell Appeal, to SWITM Parish Office, c/o St Francis Church, 192 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP2 0QQ
Generosity of Bishops’ Lent Appeal:
The Bishops’ Lent appeal for Kagera has raised nearly £50,000 in just six weeks - with more money still coming in. A huge thank you to all those who supported the appeal, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity and care for our brothers and sisters in Kagera. Parishioners across Suffolk spent the six weeks of Lent thinking, praying, and raising money to support Kagera. Many of our churches organised fundraising events.
Bishop Martin said: “It is the most money ever raised in Suffolk for a Bishop's appeal. The funds will be used both for emergency food aid to help those suffering from famine, and for long-term development in the region. It's an incredible success and I am so grateful to all those who have supported our appeal to help those suffering right now in Kagera." Bishop Mike is flying out to Kagera during October, to meet the new Bishop of Kagera. He will see for himself at first-hand how people there need support. “The diocese of Kagera is desperate to support the hungry and to continue the educational processes of helping families and communities improve agriculture, and develop self-sufficiency. The money raised in Suffolk from the Bishops' Lent appeal will greatly assist in realising these aspirations.“Thank you so much for your support, and do keep in touch via the website at www.cofesuffolk.org/world-mission/kagera or by email on email@example.com
Christian Aid Collection: Thank you so much for your hard work to support our Christian Aid fund raising in 2017. I am very pleased to be able to report that we have raised a total of £2081.76, made up of:
Coffee Morning at Hilda Elliott's home: £405.09
Big Breakfast at the UFC: £ 337.13
Envelopes (via Post Office and Churches) £1339.54
On July 16th at 3:30pm a Pet & Teddy service starring Darius the Donkey and friends will be held at Todds Farm, Chapel Road, Saxstead, IP13 9RB.
Worship the Lord … Sunday by Sunday and during the week our hearts and souls may be moved to say a prayer, offer praise, find stillness, sing, play an instrument or ‘lift up our hearts.’ This range of phrases suggests that worship is not a single thing easily described. But it also suggests that it is very rich thing involving us mind, body and soul. So the first question – how do you worship? What do you find helpful?
Worship need not be a solo performance; indeed I would say should not be. As the heart beats so we are drawn together to worship as God’s people and then sent out to serve God’s world. This makes me question whether I could be a Christian on my own, I need others with differences and similarities to worship with that the comfort, mystery and challenge of God is better realised in my own life. So the second question how can we best shape our shared worship that it is attractive, that it feeds us and others and that it is approachable by those who are not used to our ways?
As humans gather together often special buildings or places of assembly are developed. Long before Jesus the burial mound, Stonehenge, a standing stone all played their part. For us beautiful medieval buildings in Framlingham and Saxtead can offer inspiration and a place apart. The third set of questions is how we use them to combine dignity, accessibility and hospitably.
Bishop Mike comes and shares these questions and others of his own with us on June 13th and July 4th at 7.30 in St Michael’s for both Framlingham and Saxtead. HE IS AN EXCELLENT SPEAKER, PRESENTER AND CHALLENGER. We need to come together to share and pray together and hear how God is calling us onwards.
Christian Aid Stall: On Saturday 10th June there will be a stall by the main gates of St Michael’s church selling bric-a-brac in aid of Christian Aid. Do come along and support this worthy cause. There will be plenty of bargains!