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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes,

Autumn is coming
Schools will soon start back. Parish life is about to pick up again ….including Craft Group, Mothers’ Uniot, Tiddle Tots, Messy Church ….

Plus A Season of Invitation begins again on 11th September in Emmanuel and 18th September in Hope. If you’ve ever thought about coming back to church – but committing yourself to every Sunday sounds too difficult (or not appealing! then I invite you to put just ‘five’ dates into your diary. Back to Church Sunday, Harvest, Remembrance, Advent and Christmas! More information in the flyer on the Services page.

Thank you to everyone who has given to our new hymn books project. We have now raised enough funds to purchase the new Ancient & Modern (2013) hymn books for Hope Church and we will formally dedicate them in our Back to Church Sunday service (and Big Breakfast Day) at 11am on 18th September. Do come along, especially if you’ve donated to the project and dedicated a book in memory of a loved one or thanksgiving for a particular occasion.

Everyone has questions……
Alpha is a chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share your point of view regardless of what you think. It’s for those who’ve never set foot inside a church, those who would like to debate the Christian faith, those who would like to consider ‘confirmation’ (membership into the church), and anyone else who’d like to revisit or rethink through the basics. It’s recently been revised and updated for Autumn 2016 too. You can preview at www.Alpha.org.

Alpha in Hope begins Tuesday 20th September at 7.30pm in Hope Church hall and will run for 11 weeks. If you’d like to come along then please tell me in person, on 01978 760439 or via rectorofhope@live.co.uk or just turn up.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha today is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Generally each Alpha has three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. Alpha is written by Rev Nicky Gumbel, vicar of holy Trinity Church, Brompton, a church in London with a Sunday attendance of 4,500 (that’s not a typo) the same church which produced the recent Marriage Preparation Course we hosted in Hope and also the church from which the Archbishop Justin Welby was sent to train as a vicar.

In Hope, we will begin each session at 7.30pm with Soup + Puddings before watching the 30 minute film that will lead into a group discussion. You can say as much (within reason) or as little as you like. We’ll end by, or soon after, 9pm and will always be done by 9.30pm. No charge.

Why not come along?
Make some new friends. Explore your faith. Question my faith. Come to as much or as little as you would like or can manage.

20th September: Is there more than this?
27th September: Who is Jesus
4th October: Why did Jesus die?
11th October: How can we have faith?
18th October: Why and how do I pray?
25th October – Half term break
1st November: Why and ow should I read the Bible?
8th November: How does God guide us?
Date tba: Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
15th November: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
22nd November: How can I resist evil?
29th November: Why and how should I tell other?
6th December: Does God heal today?
13th December: What about the church?

Personally I can’t advocate the Alpha to you enough
I have friends and family members, dome of whom considered themselves to be sceptics once too, who through Alpha have found a real faith and understanding in just how relevant, true and exciting it is to live as a Christian.
Why not give it a go>

In Christ,
Adam

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