These have been challenging times for everyone as we adjust to a new normality in the face of Covid-19. The fresh wave of community members wanting to volunteer, to serve others and to engage with those in need is a wonder to behold and demonstrates that we still have the community spirit that some had thought was dead.
Foodbanks and support services bring hope and are trumpeted and rightly shown as examples of servanthood by the many, yet some people are left feeling inadequate. Why is this? They see the need and are responding as they are able but it can feel like a drop in the ocean to the bigger picture and it can be easy to forget that the ocean is made of billions of these drops…..each one contributing to the wider whole.
One day, Jesus was sat in the temple and observed rich and wealthy people dropping in their offerings to the temple plate….I am sure it was an impressive sight. Then a poor widow drops in 2 coins…not looking so impressive and certainly not as big a hit to the bottom line of the temples balance sheet. The response of Jesus is telling;
“I tell you the truth….more than all the others”.
The rich gave out of their wealth whilst the poor widow gave everything! The measure of true sacrifice is found not in what we give but in what we keep. What a lesson to learn.
In these days of Covid-19, you may not have given thousands of pounds to others, set up a support centre, a food bank or been on a hospital ward but you may have phoned someone, cooked a meal for someone or given some cans of food to a collection point. You have done what you can and that gift will have been life to whoever received your kindness. Do not despise the small things but do what you are able to do. “I tell you the truth, what you have done for the least of these little ones, you have done for me” said Jesus. Your kindness has been noticed.
Thank you for what you are doing, it is appreciated, valued and important…your contribution IS making a difference.
Prayer will always be a priority for us at St Peters. Our prayer walks have continued through the year and we have developed a monthly prayer plan that ensures main focal points and every road in the area is prayed for. We also have a weekly prayer meeting that is open to everyone. We know that so much of our work has been seeded in prayer and are grateful for those that have journeyed with us and are praying – not just in London but across the world!
We meet at 7:30pm on Thursdays
Prayer Meeting 3rd Dec
Prayer Meeting 13th Dec
Christmas Quiz on 14th December @7:30pm with St Johns West Hendon
Carols in the Kitchen 16th Dec
Other Christmas events with St Johns will be published in December or can be found at St Johns Website
We are excited about what God is doing here in Cricklewood, there is lots happening and exciting prospects are on the horizon.
We meet each Sunday evening for ‘worship, prayer and word’ alongside food – it is a source encouragement and learning as we explore God’s word together. We also meet through the month to pray as a team and to seek God for His guidance in the future of St Peters and the plans that are gathering pace.
A small number of us have joined together and joined the Church Planting Course at the “Centre for Church Planting and Growth” which is run by London Diocese in the Church of England.
Please feel free to join with us on Sundays or get in touch to hear about the plans for Christmas 2018 and the New Church meetings in 2019.
Our Sunday meetings have been an encouragement these last weeks, as we have been looking at the New Testament book of Colossians and how it relates to us today. It feels as if we have been immersed in learning and encouragement as we have looked at putting our trust and confidence in Jesus Christ.
We want to be a church that is known for proclaiming Christ, shows peace to all people and provides a safe haven for those who face challenges in their lives. In the early days of beginning this new congregation, we are filled with hope, joy and peace – this is God’s work and we work with Him to bear fruit in the kingdom, in this corner of God’s vineyard, here in Cricklewood.
Truly, these are exciting times – feel free to join with us and partner with us in the gospel.
We have been invited to pray with Christians from around the world during the 9 days between Ascension and Pentecost with the “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative. This initiative encourages people to explore, through prayer, how they may courageously witness to God’s life changing work.
Please join with us as we pray together: ‘Come Holy Spirit: thy kingdom come’ and may our waiting and praying open our hearts afresh to God’s possibilities.