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SPECIAL NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS

It’s been a great privilege to meet together in church for worship recently but we recognize that Covid 19 infections are still on the increase and along with that, many still feel anxious about meeting in groups. So, although the plans we have made enhance safety in the building, we have decided that during September we will alternate between meeting together at church and meeting online using Zoom. We’ll meet back in the church on September 26th, then on Zoom on October 3rd. From October 10th, all Sunday services will be in the church.

 

TODDLERS

We’re excited to be re-opening our Toddler Group on Thursday mornings, beginning on September 30th. You can see more details of our toddler group here.

 

COMPASSION

On Sunday September 12th, Alison shared with us about the work of Compassion. If you’d like to sponsor a child, you can find out more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOOM!

Although we can’t meet together every Sunday yet, we’re still having regular catch-ups and prayer meetings on Zoom. Our Sunday morning “service” is still at 10.30 a.m., via 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.

 

 

 

FOOD BANK

We’re now working with the CDW Community Food Bank.  You can see more about the work of the food bank, and how you can help, here. 

The church is open to take your food donations every Tuesday and Thursday between 12.30 and 2.45 p.m.

Once a month, CDW will also hold a Street Challenge Donation Day, when you can stop outside the church, and a volunteer will take your donations from you. You don’t even need to get out of the car! We’ll advise dates nearer the time.

 

 

 

 

YOUTUBE

 

We now have our own YouTube channel where you can catch up on the messages shared at our Sunday Zoom sessions. You can click here and then search for the Sunday you want.

 

 

 

 

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. You can see more details here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Time For Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to hea, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” (NIV)

I love this passage, it  reminds me that everything is in God’s timing. Recently Richard and I have been spending a lot of time exploring Northumberland and I have been reminded of the beauty of the changes in the seasons. At Easter the ground was bare and then we have seen the gradual growth of plants. The bracken has been the most dramatic, covering the bare earth and then growing tall and vibrant filling the land. In recent weeks we have seen it starting to turn brown and so die off for the winter.  Last weekend I was absolutely amazed at how many butterflies there were, showing yet another life cycle coming to its completion. In all of these seasons it has been amazing to marvel at God’s creation. and yet both of these examples model the time to be born and the time to die. For many of us over the past months we will have experienced some of the times or seasons described in the verses above. This weekend we are collecting personal care items to support the Afghan Refugees and we are hearing about the work of Compassion; so many people are working through times of sorrow and darkness and yet this verse reminds us that there will also be times to dance, to build, to harvest, This week I would like to encourage you to put your trust in God in all circumstances and to remember that our times are just ‘seasons’ they are not forever. Ali