St John the Divine Rastrick
St Johns Church is currently close for services however this is being reviewed on a regular basis with the hope to reopen church for services in the near future.
Rev Michelle Petch is now in post as Vicar of St Johns and St Matthews Rastrick and will lead a service at 10am for the second Sunday of Lent on 28th February
What is Lent all about? And Why is it important - Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. Why not try some of these links to help you in this journey
Join a Zoom Lent Group 2021 - Broken
The BBC series is set in an estate parish somewhere in Northern England and focuses on the life and ministry Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic, priest who, despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers. The six-part series portrays real life at its most gritty and unvarnished, and in doing so raises many questions along the way about how to live faithfully when life is extremely hard. Click Here to watch the trailer
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These are tough times. Many of us are struggling and Christians are no exception. Faith in Jesus brings a whole new dimension to our lives. We would like to share with you this half hour video which is an invitation to find out more about building a relationship with Jesus
HOME GROUPS - Study, Prayer, Reflection, Fellowship and Support Various groups are meeting currently using Zoom if you would like to join in contact Alan 077560355591
Friday Morning Prayers @ 7.30am - we continue to meet using Zoom for a short service including the daily readings,and specific prayer requests - all welcome to join contact Alan 07756035591
Safeguarging Policy St Johns is committed to the safeguarding of Young People and Vulnerable Adults. The Parochial Church Council has based its policy on the Church of England's policies and best practice on Safeguarding. The policy is updated annually and can be found here.
MARA – HOW CAN WE HELP IN DIFFICULT TIMES? The news from Melina, at the Safe House in Mugumu, suggests that Covid-19 has not yet taken a serious toll in Mara. This is very good news although from her email, it seems we're right to pray that the church and community will know God’s continuing protection. Also that they will act with wisdom. The Safe House provides a haven for 36 girls whose local school is closed at present. Melina explains that to educate the girls, they would have to hire teachers. As a substitute they could access programmes on TV if they could buy a satellite decoder. But they haven’t any funds other than for basic necessities. Oriel (Tel 719352) will be very pleased to forward any contributions towards this important work that is funded by the Leeds Diocese. Donations from tax payers can be Gift Aided.
GIVING AND GIFT AID CLAIMS - during the pandemic the church is grateful for your donations can be made by directly to our bank account or by cheque (click here for details) If you are able to gift aid your donation that would be much welcomed.
A MESSAGE FROM FOCUS4HOPE Focus4Hope remain very busy with a packed schedule of deliveries. Besides tinned food, the main need is now for hygiene products . You can leave these in the bin by the back door of Town Hall Dental. Thank you! Monetary donations are very, very welcome. [She explained that Brighouse Foodbank and Focus4Hope are different organisations although they pool resources. One primarily serves the homeless and unemployed, the other primarily serves the elderly and disabled. Louise is very grateful for the toiletries - she still needs as many as she can get!
PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH
And in service to our local community,