Churches open for Private Prayer

We are happy to report that from today, our churches will be open during the day for private prayer. Our hope is that this brings tangible hope not only to the Christian community, but also to the wider villages as it has been so hard for the doors to be shut as they have been for so long. We kindly ask that those visiting the churches respect the guidelines on social distancing and the safety protocols that have been put in place for the well-being of us all.

Churches Opening for Private Prayer and New Creation Pew News

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that “Places of Worship” will be open for Private Prayer as from Monday 15th June, we have received various guidance and advice both from the national Church and the local Church in Bath and Wells. 

After a Joint virtual meeting with the Standing Committees of both our Churches on Friday, we are working through things in the hope of being able to open the two Church buildings for personal individual Private Prayer as from Sunday 21st June.  For many, being able to drop into the Church Building and light a candle, have a moment of calm and prayer, and feel the comfort of old familiar surroundings will be important in our journey of realising hope during these times.

Please bear with us, we are trying to do all that we can to make this possible but as you can appreciate there is lots of paperwork and practical things we are needing to sort out in order to make things as safe as possible.

We will try and keep people updated during the week on website and New Creation Facebook Page and there will be a further announcement in New Creation Pew News next weekend.  I would like to thank the Wardens and the Standing Committee for their wiliness and hard work to seek to make this possible.

Our hope is that it brings tangible hope to not only the Christian community but also to the wider community as it has been so hard for the doors to be shut as they have been for so long.

Matt Thomson  

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Live Stream service for the Sunday between Ascension and Pentecost

Thy Kingdom Come – Day 3

Click here to watch the service that was streamed live on Sunday 24th May

Links to songs/hymns and videos

“Thy Kingdom Come: Thankfulness as a way into Prayer”

Bible Readings:

Key text:    1John 4:9-10,19

Other readings:

  • Matt 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4 – Lord’s Prayer
  • Exodus 4:18-23 – God as Father – Moses
  • Isaiah 55:1-13 – Isaiah’s great poem of God’s covenant love
  • Matt 26:36-42 – Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Isaiah 25:4-8 – Isaiah’s dream of the Messianic Banquet
    • See Jesus’ fulfilment of this in:
      • Feeding of the Five Thousand
      • Eating with Tax Collectors and Sinners
      • Eating at Zaccheus’ house
      • Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:15-24
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Set Readings for today:

Acts 1:6-14

1Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

John 17:1-11

Hymns and Songs for Ascension:

Hopefully, something for everyone…

Traditional:

  1. “O Love that wilt not let me go” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmk9sfX_QPY

Reflection Music:

“Your Kingdom Come” – by Pete James – based on the Lord’s Prayer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA2q295l9A0

Modern Music:

Videos:

  1. Wonderful testimony to Prayer in Action – the AND of the Messianic Banquet – “From Bronx to Bradford: Friars on a Mission” – the story of the Community of Franciscan Renewal in Bradford by the BBC –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL9TGKRaVpA&t=1097s

Books:

  1. “Surprised by Hope” – by Tom Wright – this is his popular version of his seminal exploration of Resurrection and its implications.