Pilgrimage to Ethiopia
My two-week pilgrimage to Ethiopia was amazing if a little exhausting. We visited lots of awesome churches and participated in the worshipping life of the Christian communities during the festival of Epiphany, where unlike us, they focus on the baptism of Jesus. In our tradition we renew our baptism vows on Easter Sunday when the font is filled and people are invited to dip their fingers into the water and sign themselves with the sign of the cross. Not so for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Epiphany celebration known as Timket begins with each church processing their Tabots or chests containing their copy of the Ten Commandments to a central gathering point. We were lucky enough to be in Addis Ababa to see the huge processions with singing and drumming and lots of people in very fancy outfits all congregating in an enormous field where many remained overnight.
The following morning before daybreak we returned as the next part of the ceremony began. A large pool was filled with water and many priests with their ceremonial crosses and bibles stood around waiting for the service to begin when the water would be blessed by the patriarch. As we waited the outer fields filled with thousands of people all waiting to renew their baptism vows and receive the holy water. And there was only one way that water was going to reach so many people – hose pipes! On the edges of the pool were several men waiting with their hose pipes to douse the people with water. It gave me food for thought regarding Easter morning here!
If you would like to hear more about my pilgrimage and share some of the photos I took we are holding a social event in Church House on Friday 11th May at 7pm with slides, drinks and nibbles. All donations on the night will go to this year’s Christian Aid Appeal.
Challenge: This Lent take time to think about the awesomeness and wonder of life. To contemplate a little on the spiritual. For some this might be as you are walking the dog or working in the garden, for others it may need to be more structured, setting aside time, using music or other sensory material. I offer you 20 pictures from my trip to Ethiopia which inspired me to write some short prayers- something I am not very good at. It would be wonderful to have a collection of thoughts, poems and prayers from across the community which may in turn inspire others, so please feel free to pass them on to me and I will collate them. The photographs are available on the church website and at the front of church and I could always email you a copy of any particular favourite.
Please see the Lent 2018 information under the Events and Fundraising section for details of our Lent lunches, courses and exciting Lent challenge related to Sarah’s recent pilgrimage to Ethiopia.
Vision into Project
At the Annual Church Meeting our architects shared a vision for the future of the church as shown in the plans displayed on the noticeboard in church. Now we are looking to turn this vision into a project. So, it is time to make sure we have thought of everything.
Do you have some wisdom to share?
Are you worried about aspects of the vision?
Have you got a great idea you would like to see explored?
Have we forgotten something?
Are we missing the obvious?
Let us know what YOU think at our BIG Thank You party on 10th September at 6pm in church. Come along and party with us as we show our appreciation for all the volunteers who keep our church running.
See what you can offer and share with us your thoughts for the future of your church. And if you can’t make it talk to a PCC member or email the vicar.
We are waiting to hear from you.
Children’s Society Boxes
We need to collect the boxes slightly early this year for emptying due to the £1 coins going out of circulation very shortly and, by the time you read this, I will have telephoned you to make arrangements.
Last year we raised a record £468.10 from Bodicote St John Baptist Church to help towards supporting vulnerable children, the disabled, those in trouble with the Police and also supporting parents with centres to teach good parenting skills. If we are to aim for this target again then it can only be with your help. Please support the Children’s Society as much as possible.
If you do not yet have a Box to collect your change through the year to donate to the Children’s Society and are interested in joining us please either call me or catch me in Church
New Ways of donating to our church – Just Giving and Text Giving
We are conscious that many people no longer prefer to make their charitable gifts through the usual methods of bank standing order or putting money in a gift aid envelope. That’s why in 2016 we introduced a TextGiving service allowing many of our supporters to donate using nothing more than their mobile phone.
We’ve also now added a JustGiving page so that donations can be made online. You can make a gift to the church by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bodicote-Church
Alternatively, you can opt to set up a monthly donation by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/stjohns-bodicote
Your support would be hugely appreciated. There’s even the option to share your donation on Facebook to encourage others to do the same!
Of course, if you’d prefer to give in the “old fashioned way”, you can still do so!
Beautiful Tapestries for sale
We have kindly been donated a set of 4 of these beautiful tapestries (and another which needs the background completed – instructions, design book and materials included) ready to be made into seat covers.
If anyone is interested in purchasing them, please make us an offer via firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Revd Sarah and we will pass your details on to the person organising this for us.
All proceeds from the sale will go to church funds.
We have a new way to raise funds for our church without it costing you a penny! We are now able to accept inkjet printer cartridges and old mobile phones for recycling. There are several ways you can help:
– pick up a Freepost envelope from church and send 2+ cartridges directly yourselves
– add them to the box in church – phones and ink tanks need to be sent this way
– use the intelligent link below which takes you directly to the site
Pause for Prayer
Prayer is at the very heart of Christian life, supporting the lives of individuals, the church, the community and the world. It can take many forms, any of which can be appropriate at particular times. It can be corporate (as much of our prayer is during public acts of worship) or it can be private. It can use familiar, much-loved words, or our own personal attempts to put into words our deepest thoughts and concerns. It can be wordless, as we still our hearts and minds and come before God in silence, giving him the space to speak to us.
Pause for Prayer is a new initiative for our parish, as we meet together in the church at 12noon on the last Friday of the month for 30 minutes of prayer. We will generally focus on a single relevant topic and will offer the opportunity for some corporate prayer as well as periods of silence for our own personal prayer. We are fortunate to have several experienced people within our congregation who will lead these sessions.
We firmly believe that prayer can, and does, change the world for the better, so do please come along and help make a difference – everyone is most welcome. If you cannot actually be in the church at this time you might like to pause for a few moments wherever you are to remember those who are gathered together in prayer.
Pause for Prayer takes place at 12noon on Friday 27thJanuary, Friday 24th February and each subsequent last Friday.
Bishop Loveday School
Bishop Loveday Primary School are consulting on their admissions policy for 2018/19 which can be viewed on the following links:
Hard copies can be made available.
You can now donate to our church through Text Giving. Text BODI15 £5 to 70070 to donate £5* to Bodicote Church (* or any amount of your choice)