TODAY

Fired up

Today is Pentecost Sunday and our service theme is ‘Fired up’ from Acts 2:1-21. Next week we will be looking at ‘Bigger than you think’ from Matthew 28:16-20 and 2 Corinthians 13:11-13.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday Prayer meeting

The prayer meeting this Tuesday, 22nd May, will be at Judy and Sue's house at 9.15am. Everyone welcome.

Daytime House group

Good Companions daytime housegroup this Tuesday, 2.30pm in the St James Lounge.  Details from Judy or John.

Good Companions

Good Companions will be meeting this Wednesday, 23rd May, at 2.30pm in the Institute, with Matt Hebditch talking about finding God in Iraq.

NOTICEBOARD

Safeguarding Training

All PCC members, churchwardens, those involved with worship and preaching and children’s workers are asked to attend Diocesan safeguarding training happening locally at St Saviour’s Bath during May, June and July. Please see the office if you have not already received details or look up the available courses on the Diocesan website.

Get your Manna

The latest edition of the Bath & Wells Diocese magazine ‘Manna’ is out.  Collect a free copy from the magazine rack.

Safeguarding Officer need

The position of Parish Safeguarding Officer has become vacant as Margaret steps down from this important office. If you would like to be considered for this role beginning in June please see Margaret for details or give your name to the Churchwardens.

Thanks

Sunday Funday

We did it! A massive thank you to all those who put in so much effort into the preparation (practically and spiritually) and on the day of our Sunday Funday last week. God really answered our prayers. The weather surpassed any forecast, more people came than we envisaged (400+), there were no reported injuries/incidents and everyone was fed! Yes, there are lessons to be learnt but it was so encouraging to see so many from the community enjoying the day. If you have photos of the day please email them to me andy@stphilipstjames.org. Thank you again. Andy.

Funday Cakes

A great big thank you to all you lovely cake-makers. With your help we raised £175 for the Stroke Support Group. This will be very much appreciated by each member of the group. Thanks again. Catherine, Linda and John.

FUTURE EVENTS

Sign up for Ladies Day

On Saturday 23rd June we will be hosting a Spiritual Spa Day for ladies only! (Sorry gents!). The day will begin with breakfast at 10am, followed by worship, short talks and lunch. The afternoon will include time for prayer, contemplation and crafts. The cost for the day will be a suggested donation of £5. Please see Vicki Atkinson or Alex Eldridge for an invitation and form.

HELP

Make a difference to school

Would you consider playing an important part in helping our church school (St Philip’s) move forward and retain its Christian ethos. A place is now available for a member of St Philip’s Church to become one of 4 foundation governors from the church – you don’t have to be a parent, just someone with a passion to see children develop.  If interested please see Alan Bain or Tim Conroy. 

INFORMATION

·      HELP

Help on the streets

Have you considered joining Street Pastors out and about on the streets of Bath on Friday and Saturday nights, meeting people where they are and responding to their needs and making a difference Could you help us, serving once a month as part of a team? If you’d like to know more contact Dennis Pearson or Angela Jameson at bstreetpastors@gmail.com or Alan Ashworth at bspteamleader@gmail.com. The next training starts in June – see poster on board.

Get on your bike for charity

There’s still time to sign up for the Bike Bath on 1st July.  Genesis Trust have places free for our charity cyclists and you can chose your distance - 25km, 50km or 80km. All the money raised will help homeless and vulnerable people in your community. Visit http://genesistrust. org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/challenge-events/ or email Hilary.long@ genesistrust.org.uk for more info.

·      EVENTS

Dance workshop

There’s a dance workshop based on the book of Ecclesiastes being held at St Bart’s Church, Oldfield Park (BA2 3PB) on Saturday 16th June from 10am-12.30pm.  It’s for all abilities – see leaflets in Narthex.  For bookings and further enquiries see www.texturedancecompany.org or phone 427428.

Send a Cow's 30th Anniversary

There will be a Thanksgiving Service in Wells Cathedral on Thursday 28th June, 7pm to celebrate the two million lives transformed in rural Africa since 1988 through Send a Cow. Hear from some of the founding farmers who sent the first cows to Uganda and meet country directors who will give insight into the work in Africa today. There will be a drinks reception afterwards. To reserve a place call 01225 874222 or rsvp to Thanksgiving@sendacow.org by 31st May.

Learn more about the Bible

Are you interested in joining an evening part-time programme at Trinity College to complete a certificate or simply to learn more about the Bible? Come along on 12 June to find out more, meet part-time students and faculty members, and sit in on a class. For more information, contact Jo Norman at 0117 968 0253 or j.norman@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

 

 

 

Morning Confession

O God, our loving Father,

we are very sorry for all the things we have done which make you sad:

we have sometimes been selfish

or bad-tempered or disobedient.

And we are sorry for the things

we have failed to do,

for the work we did not finish,

the thank you we forgot to say,

the friends we did not help,

the quarrel we never made up.

For these and all our failings,

forgive us through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer for God’s Spirit

We pray that God’s Holy Spirit may direct our lives

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace. Father we know that our world needs love and harmony, come to bless us.

And fill us with your Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is patience, kindness and goodness. Father we know that our world is starved of compassion and true fellowship, come to bless us.

And fill us with your Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Father we know that our world is short of truth and justice, come to bless us.

And fill us with your Spirit

Morning Blessing

Send us out in his power

to live and work to your praise and glory,

through him to whom we belong,

Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.