Tuesday 9 June 2020
Once again, thanks to everyone who took part in last Sunday's Morning Service, especially to Katie for her brilliant welcome and introductions. We are learning a lot about putting together these Sunday morning videos and thank everyone for their encouragement and advice. Past Sundays are still available on the Acre Mill YouTube channel and all have well over 100 views now. Thanks also to everyone who has been sharing the videos with friends - sometimes in far-off places.
An additional item on the Wednesday Quiz is to work out who was reading the Bible verses about Peace in last Sunday's service. We have had several suggestions but no-one has been completely right yet. The answer will be given at the end of the Quiz.
There is some encouraging news about churches re-opening and there will be more information and guidance given by the government this week. It looks as if limited opening for small numbers might be possible in a week or so but we don't have details yet. We will let you know when things become clearer
Planning for next Sunday starts tomorrow, so please let us know if you would like to take part as we don't want anyone to be left out. We will be looking at another fruit of the Spirit - Gentleness. Contributions can be made by Zoom, over the phone or by making a recording on computer, tablet or phone and sending it to Terry. Your bit is then edited and put together to make a short service of about 15-20 mins.
The weekday Zoom meetings are still going well and this week's Wednesday Zoom Quiz at 7.30pm is being set by Kimberley. On Friday at 7.30pm we are having another Zoom Cafe. These will use the existing links which are
Acre Mill Wednesday Zoom Quiz and Bingo 7.30pm
Acre Mill Friday Night Cafe Zoom 7.30pm
We had a very pleasant surprise in the post this week - a letter from Mavis Radcliffe, Secretary of Newton Heath Evangelical Church. As you know, Newton Heath has ceased to operate as a fellowship and has transferred the ownership of their building to City Church, Manchester. The rules governing the disposal of reserves in such a case require that they are given to organisations with similar aims. The pleasant news was that a cheque for £10,000 (TEN THOUSAND POUNDS!) was enclosed with the letter made out to Acre Mill - a gift in recognition of our interest in and support for Newton Heath. over many years. We have sent our thanks to Newton Heath for this lovely gift and assured them of our continuing prayers for the future.
We have been made aware that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044
– has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Please continue to pray - and maybe watch again Sunday Service video. Pray especially for :
This Month's Virtual Flowers
- Our older folks still in isolation at home, especially those with health issues
- Our children - still not able to resume school
- Everyone feeling discouraged and frustrated by the continuing restrictions
- Those serving on the front line of the health, care and public services, schools and shops.
- The continuing witness of churches everywhere in these difficult times
14 June : Elizabeth, Jason and Katie Heath in memory of Jack
21 June Phil and Kerry to celebrate their wedding anniversary
28 June: Sheila and Ben Bracewell in memory of Edith Piper
And a very Happy Birthday to, Presley, June Knight, Gill, Sam and to all others celebrating birthdays this month.
God Bless and keep safe;
Ben, Terry, Phils B and W, Peter, Jason