Welcome to Sawston Free Church
10 January 2021
|Flowers arranged by Vivienne
||Betty Cleveland gave these in memory of Bob Hocken|
Advent ring and Nativity Scene.
This arrangement is in memory of Mary Simuyandi’s parents, arranged by Rosemary Livings.
The beautiful Remembrance display in church entrance, prepared by Rosemary Livings.
Please visit the church to spend some time looking at it and remembering.
Harvest displays by our Junior Church children. See the real thing on the doors of the church.
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Shoeboxes video from Valerie
Flowers at the church doors
Betty paid for flowers to remember Alan. Dawn Haughton prepared them.
This harvest arrangement has been prepared by Rosemary Livings and is there over this weekend.
If you have walked past the church this week, you may have noticed that we have two flower arrangements inside our front doors.
One is a plant provided by Linda, and the other one on the right was made by Abbie when she visited Rosemary this week.
She was thrilled to help keep our church looking cared for and nice for people as they pass by.
If anyone else would like to contribute in any way, please contact Rosemary.
Go to our Notices page for the latest weekly notes, and click the picture below to find the videos of the Sunday services. They are usually there by Monday.
Join us every Sunday for church online!
We cannot meet in person, so we meet in Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join in, whether a long-term member or new. All will receive a warm welcome!
Just email email@example.com and you will be sent a link to the Zoom connection for Sunday morning. All you then need to do is click on the link and follow the instructions.
AND PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FULL (AUDIO & VISUAL) RECORDING OF EACH SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE.
Click on the Messy Church logo on the right for the latest information.
Despite our church buildings being closed, we felt we would still like to observe Holy Week and Easter. So we found the cross we use for the Easter Blossoming and put it outside the church entrance during the week before Easter. At first it was empty. Then, on Good Friday, and again for Easter Sunday Morning we added appropriate decoration to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with the village.
Here are three photos of our cross. Click on the images for a bigger version.
It is with deep regret that the Elders of Sawston Free Church announce that we are suspending Sunday morning services as of now for the foreseeable future. We have taken this very difficult decision in response to the recent news on the development of the Coronavirus crisis. We have a large number of members who are considered vulnerable and therefore need to distance themselves from others to protect their own health and so we need to suspend all services and meetings.
However, Sawston Free Church itself is not suspended – we plan to keep in touch with each other whether it’s by phone, skype, our website or Facebook. Resources are becoming available to us in the absence of ‘live’ worship, and we will share more information on that with you very shortly.
As ever, please call us or email if you need support or a chin wag or both.
Don’t forget that our Sermons page contains a good selection of past sermons preached in our church. Listen to ones you missed, or enjoy repeating the good ones!
This is a message from the URC Daily Devotions team:
From this Sunday we will send out, at 10am, a service in both written and audio format. This will have the feel of a service on the radio in our style with well known URC people leading worship. There will be prayers and hymns to join in with as we pray together. There will also be, from time to time, a chance to share bread and wine together – the first such opportunity will be on Easter Sunday.
Here is the link for more information. https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
We would like to share this prayer from the URC with you …
God our refuge,
we seek your protection.
Protect the vulnerable from illness:
those who are old and frail,
weakened by years and struggle;
those who care for others,
expending energy and love;
those for whom inability to work
means hardship and poverty.
from the greed and suspicion
which snatches at our own security
stock-piling and panic-buying
that deprives others of the necessities of life.
Protect us from the shortsightedness
which sees the germ in our own eyes
and ignores the plagues
of hunger, war and violence
that take so many lives each day.
Protect us from the isolation
that leads to loneliness and despair
denying the interconnectedness
that links us with one another.
God our refuge
in our panic and fear
may we not lose sight of our common humanity
that makes us one people in you. Amen.
With every blessing,
Maggie, Mary, Yvonne, Sue, Anne, Mike