St Thomas News 25th March 2021
Dear Church Family,
Things are moving along well with the sanding and staining etc of the floor in church now the pews have been removed. Thanks so much to all who have been helping out. If you are free at all this Saturday, come and give a hand from 9am with dusting, cleaning, re-arranging chairs etc - bring a mask, some polish, a duster, a cloth, a bucket, some Flash...
As you can see from the photo below, even some of the things we were throwing out (lino) proved valuable to others in the community!
Next week is Holy Week, and we will have a couple of special services:
Maundy Thursday - communion at 12 midday
Good Friday - reflective service at 2pm (also streamed on Youtube/Facebook)
Thank you if you've let me know you'd like to be in church for the Easter Sunday morning service. I think we are now pretty much at capacity with the social distancing, but please continue to get in touch if you would like to be in the building as things are not set in stone.
Another thing I've been alerted to that is happening next week is this free '5 days of heart healing' including online talks from Christians in York and daily activities. They say: "This is a Live Event over 5 days (with 2 bonus sessions on Saturday!!) that fuses together teaching, training, coaching and community. Led by an International team of Ministry and Church Leaders, each with decades of experience… and a readiness to encourage and bless you on your journey with God…"
Do have a look if you think it might be beneficial for you.
As ever, this Sunday's 10.30am service is online on Facebook or YouTube - or you can join via Zoom (ID 631 970 6882). It's Palm Sunday, and I'll be speaking about what happened when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, from Matthew 21.
We also have our usual prayer meeting on Tuesday at 9am on Zoom.
Finally, we were pleased to receive some funding or the Groves Groceries project from the local Rotary Club. Below is some information they've asked me to pass on if you'd like to know more about them.
Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York
"You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on You, who trusts in You." (Isaiah 26.3)
Information from the Rotary Club
What’s it all about - Ainsty
Rotary York Ainsty (RYA) was formed in 1960 to give an opportunity for local people to get involved with York and help its many communities. RYA is part of a world-wide network of 1.2 million members and encompasses a healthy York-based volunteer community.
Since then RYA, along with its volunteer supporters, have raised and distributed many thousands of pounds and instigated numerous home and overseas projects - Changing Lives and Saving Lives.
Just what does Rotary do and where?
A visit to the club’s web site (www.tinyurl.com/RotaryYorkAinsty) should tell you all you need to know about regular activities and initiatives. Should you feel you would like to donate to RYA's charitable fund, you can access the Just Giving portal at www.justgiving.com/Rotary-Ainsty and follow the instructions on the page.
As well as assistance for many York projects, the club supports projects world-wide, many funded by The Rotary Foundation (its own charity). Perhaps the most significant of these is Polio Plus, a joint initiative with the World Health Organisation and others to eradicate poliomyelitis from the world.
There are so many advantages of becoming a member of a club, such as learning new skills, developing a passion for something specific, creating a bond with people that share the same interests and, most of all, inspiration of change through mentorship and guidance.
At Rotary York Ainsty you will find people who care about both the local community and disadvantaged people across the world. Regular care and support is either through fund-raising / charitable collections or the investment of time and talent in specific projects and activities.
Rotary is in the unique position of being rooted within its own communities - but with a global outlook - ready to tackle challenges at home and further afield. Rotarians are friends, neighbours, leaders and problem solvers.
Getting involved with Rotary provides benefits to not only communities, but to members as well.
4 Social networking – Rotary is a great way to expand social circles, meet new people and make lasting friendships, all while having fun and making a difference.
4 Develop skills – Share personal and vocational skills, take up leadership roles, as well as learning from fellow members of activities such as project planning and delivery and communications.
4 Be part of a global community – With more than a million members in 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is a global network of neighbours, friends and problem solvers making a difference in many communities at home and abroad. Rotarians are People of Action.