St Thomas News - 30th May 2020
I hope you're able in some way to enjoy the sunshine!
This Sunday is Pentecost! Which is a very good reason to celebrate. Join us as usual at 10.30am via Facebook or YouTube. (Song list to follow.) This week, we invite everyone to join in on Zoom after the service for refreshments and a chat (Zoom ID: 631 970 6882) - I'm afraid we thought delivering cake to every home was a step too far, but bring your own if you can! - Please note that Zoom will soon not allow you to join a meeting until you have the latest version. This will probably have happened automatically, but you can go here to read more.
Also on Sunday, there is a special service for all York churches at 6pm - this will be available to watch on belfrey.org/livestream (and you might spot me if you watch very carefully).
Between Friday and Sunday, The House of Prayer in York (yhop.co.uk) is also co-ordinating some other events for Thy Kingdom Come and Pentectost. Please see the website, but this includes a six-hour period of worship (Friday, 3-9pm) on their Facebook page - featuring our very own Louise at 6-7pm.
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St Thomas News - 22nd May 2020
Online activities continue! On Sunday at 10.30am is live-streamed worship. This time with guest preacher, Chris Wilson!
This week, I will again use some informal liturgy and take bread and wine as part of the service. I encourage you to participate at home in whatever way you find appropriate and helpful.
The songs in the service will be: Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun; Our God is a Great Big God (with actions); I Lift My Hands (Andre Kempen); Fullness (Elevation Worship - a new one for us); When I Was Lost (Kate Simmonds).
Yesterday was Ascension Day, and a week on Sunday it's Pentecost. This time of year we've recently been involved with the 'Thy Kingdom Come' wave of prayer. Although things are different this time, there are plenty of online resources and an app from TKC. Here in York the House of Prayer is organizing 48 hours pf prayer from 9am on Friday, for which you can sign up to pray from home. There will also be a worship event on Friday 29th, 3-9pm (on Facebook) and a prayer meeting on Sat 30th, 7-8pm (on Zoom). All the details here
There will also be a special Pentecost service for York in the evening - details to follow.
I have been recording some videos on 'How to Read the Bible' aimed to give you more confidence in your personal Bible reading. You can find them on the St Thomas' Facebook page and YouTube channel. They keep coming!
Read more: St Thomas News - 22nd May 2020
St Thomas News - 15th May 2020
I'm delighted that so many of you are finding the online services and other content, and the Groves Groceries, helpful and encouraging. This period is another reminder of the blessing of being part of God's family.
We'll be meeting again on Sunday at 10.30am for our main weekly service (Facebook and YouTube). Again we'll be streaming from Zoom, so there'll be a family-friendly prayer activity led by Charlotte, and others involved too. Keep praying the technology works!
Again we'll have prayer ministry offered afterwards on Zoom (meeting ID is again 631 970 6882).
The songs this week will be: It Is Well with my Soul (Spafford); Lord I Lift Your Name on High (Founds); Cornerstone (Hillsong); Amazing Grace - My Chains Are Gone (Chris Tomlin); In Christ Alone (Townend)
We've been able to make some DVDs of recent services for those who don't have internet but would like to watch. If you know of anyone, please let me know.
Read more: St Thomas News - 15th May 2020
St Thomas News - 8th May 2020
Another week passes! For the time being, we are continuing as we have been doing, so not too much to update you on (a list of activities is below).
On Sunday, we are again broadcasting live to YouTube and Facebook at 10.30am. This time, we are streaming from Zoom, which means that Phil and Marian can lead prayers from their own sofa! Charlotte will also be telling the Bible story in a way to engage the kids - following this she'll suggest a craft for which families will need: coloured paper (plain if not); string; hole punch; coloured pencils/pens.
Again, there will be prayer meeting offered via Zoom after the service. Apologies for some confusion about the code last week. This week (and in future weeks) it will be: 631-970-6882.
This week's songs: How Great is Our God; King of Me (action song); Lord, You Hear the Cry (by Geraldine Latty); This is Amazing Grace; Tell Out, My Soul.
Various people will also be leading Daily Prayers via the Facebook Page - Mon-Fri at 1pm. These will be livestreamed, and so there will be a chance to share prayer requests via comments on the page. We'll trial this next week and see how it goes!
Read more: St Thomas News - 8th May 2020
St Thomas News - 1st May 2020
While we continue to miss gathering together, I'm so pleased that lots of you are appreciating the various online things that are going on. This is just to keep you up to date with what's happening over the next few days:
Friday at 6pm, Louise is leading a time of prayer and worship. Join her on the Facebook page.
Sunday at 10.30am, we're live again from the vicarage on Facebook and YouTube - hopefully now a bit better quality on the latter!
This week, I will use some informal liturgy and take bread and wine as part of the service. I encourage you to participate at home in whatever way you find appropriate and helpful.
There will also be prayer ministry offered again at 11.30am via Zoom (the ID you need is 631-970-6882). This worked well last time - if you join the Zoom meeting, you will receive prayer privately and confidentially from two people on our prayer ministry team.
The songs we are singing this Sunday: All Through History (Becky Drake); Here for You (Matt Redman); Who You Say I Am (Hillsong); The Power of the Cross (Townend); Love Divine (Wesley).
Read more: St Thomas News - 1st May 2020