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SPECIAL NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS

Following government advice, we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel all events at the church for the foreseeable future. This includes Craft and Chat, Toddlers and Generate, as well as Sunday services and the church walks. During this difficult time, please look after yourselves and your neighbours. Make sure you have a couple of telephone numbers of friends you can call on in an emergency, and contact elderly neighbours to see if you can offer any practical advice.  If you’re stuck, please contact us via email: info@westdentonchurch.co.uk

Various churches are live streaming a Sunday service (without a congregation!). If you have the technology please try clicking here this Sunday at 10.30am and you will be able to view a service from Jesmond Parish Church, or here at 11 a.m. for the service from Regent Chapel in Gosforth. Or, better still, join us all on Zoom at 10.30 a.m.

 

ZOOM!

Although we can’t meet together, we’re having regular catch-ups and prayer meetings on Zoom. If you’re unable to join us, the weekly messages are available via Dropbox, or on CD. Please contact us via info@westdentonchurch.co.uk if you’d like to get a copy, or take part in any of the sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

PARTIAL RE-OPENING

The church is reopening for personal prayer once a week for an hour on a Wednesday. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 visitors and all Covid-19 guidance must be followed. Please contact us via info@westdentonchurch.co.uk if you’d like to know the next time we’ll be open.

 

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED

 

Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed online course that gives you the opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith.

We’re currently running a course via Zoom, and hope to run another before Christmas.

You can see more details here

 

 

GENERATE

We can’t meet on a Friday night at the moment, but we’ve got some activities and puzzles for you to try. You can look at your special page here.

One of the things we’ve been doing is our Big Photo Challenge – The Rainbow Gallery. We’ve been taking photos of things around our houses to create a rainbow. And here’s the finished version! Thanks for all the photos!

 

 

 

 

 

Resting in God’s Presence.

Thoughts from this week were captured on Pause for Thought today, which you can hear here.  Where do you pray? Or Where do you go to pray? Where do you feel most comfortable? On a chair, beanbag, big cushion, hammock, on the lawn or sand…….?  Sometimes we may feel it’s easier to pray if we’re somewhere we feel God’s presence stronger or just simply when we’re sitting on something comfortable. Read Matthew 11:28-29. God promises to provide rest for the weary & to comfort those who place their burdens in his care. Consider the ‘burdens’ you may be struggling to carry alone & admit that you need to hand them over to God. When you pray this week, wherever that may be & maybe sitting on something, spend some time silently resting in God’s presence. Let your daily concerns go, or name them in prayer & give them over to God.  Take some time to stop, be still, rest & prayerfully commit your burdens into his hands. Try to still your mind, letting go of any concerns & your awareness of time passing. Focus purely on God & use a Bible verse to focus on, maybe Psalm 46 v10. ‘Be still and know that I am Lord’, to aid your prayer & reflection. When you feel ready, stand up, leaving your burdens with God & trusting him for the strength you need.