Christ Church members on mission to spread the Gospel

Christ Church, Stantonbury congregation members are on a mission – to see how far they can spread the Gospel before October 1.

The project is called Gospels around the World and each member of the congregation has been given a copy of John’s Gospel, with the challenge to see how far we can get our Gospels to travel before Harvest Sunday.

Minister, the Rev David Lewis said: “People are encouraged to take their Gospels with them wherever they go, and to take photos with their Gospel. There will be prizes for the Gospel which has travelled the farthest, for the most interesting photo taken with the Gospel, and for the most unusual place that the Gospel has visited.

“We are going to post photos on our Facebook page, and read out postcards in church that have been received from the Gospels. We’ve also suggested that people could give their Gospel to a friend or neighbour who is going on holiday, and ask them to take a photo or send a postcard from the Gospel.

“I’ve told the congregation not to worry if they give their Gospel away, we will always give them another one,” added David.

Reactive to the times – Roughshod Theatre Company

Bradwell Church received a treat for the start of Holy Week when the Roughshod Theatre Company staged a performance of its latest production, Reactive.

The church was the lucky beneficiary of a cancelled date for the York based company – minister, Rev Andy Jowitt, stepping in to welcome the company even though the venue was smaller than they would normally play.

There was a full house – or should that be church – for the production in which the five strong cast performed a series of short sketches with a Christian or at least moral message.

Current world events formed the theme for some of them – United States President Donald Trump and Brexit not escaping their attentions.

For other mini plays the cast comprising Emily Feltham, Phobe Hutchinson, Andrew McCracken, William Gowers and Christopher Russenberger called on Bible stories.

Reactive and its cast provided more than two hours of solid, often humorous, entertainment with a message.

If you missed the production then look out for Roughshod as it tours the country taking in schools, prisons and church communities.For further details visit the website: www.ridinglights.org or email info@rltc.org.

Minister Andy set to leave Bradwell and Downs Barn

Andy and Jane Jowitt

After 17 years as minister at Bradwell Church, the Rev Andy Jowitt, has announced he is to take early retirement later this year.

For the past few years he has doubled up as minister of Cross and Stable Church in Downs Barn as well.

Andy is to take up a voluntary role with the Christian conservation charity, A Rocha, working as Community Engagement Officer for Foxearth, a small nature reserve on the Suffolk-Essex border near Sudbury.

During Andy’s sabbatical in 2015 he and his wife, Jane, spent two months volunteering with A Rocha in Southall.

News of Andy’s decision was announced to members of the congregation at Bradwell Church’s annual meeting.

Since his appointment to succeed the Rev Peter Worthen, Andy has built strong links for the church in the community – serving on Bradwell Memorial Hall management committee, holding positions of school governor and being welcomed at sheltered housing units in the parish.

He has helped set up the Room’n’Ate men’s group for men in the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership and is also chair of the Cross and Stable Charities.

Andy says: “We have been prayerfully considering God’s leading for our future ministry together and have made a big decision … to take early retirement in order to take up a voluntary role with A Rocha.

“Our role will be as Community Engagement Officer for Foxearth, a small nature reserve on the Suffolk/Essex border, near Sudbury. This is a step of faith for us as the role will involve finding somewhere to live in the Sudbury area and finding other part-time work to provide some income until we can depend on pensions.

“A Rocha would like us to start before the end of this year. They originally proposed a start date of October 1, but after discussions have agreed to adjust this to a start period between the beginning of October and the end of December. So we expect our last Sunday in the Partnership to be mid-October and then to move in November. This all depends on finding a home to move into.

“We approach the move with very mixed emotions. We feel sure about this being the way God has been leading us, but will be very sad to leave friends here and the ministry we have put our hearts into,” he says.

“Our great hope is that the churches we have had a part to play in will be strong in love and faith and hope, holding together with courage and confidence in God, in love for each other and in vision for the future.”

Easter services in Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership

Churches across the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership will be marking Holy Week and Easter with special services and events across the area.

The programme is:

Bradwell Church (St Lawrence)

Good Friday-April 14

10am: Hot cross buns and drinks, followed at 10.30 am by a short child-friendly service for all ages.

2pm: ‘Last Hour at the Cross’

Easter Day -Sunday April

9am: Holy Communion (BCP)

10.45am: All-Age Celebration with Communion.

Cross and Stable Church, Downs Barn

Good Friday April 14

4pm: ‘Last Hour at the Cross’

Easter Day – Sunday April 16

11am: Easter Communion

St Andrew’s, Great Linford

Wednesday April 12

7pm: Said compline service sung lent prose. We will start by practising the singing of the lent prose.

Good Friday April 14

2pm: Devotion – an hour long devotional service with music, readings and prayer

Easter Day – Sunday 16

5.30am: Easter dawn service with first fire and lighting of the paschal candle

10am: Festal Choral Eucharist

St James, New Bradwell

Maundy Thursday April 13

8pm: Service of commemoration of the Last Supper with hand washing and stripping of the altar

Good Friday April 14

10am: Good Friday Workshop especially suitable for children, in the Community Centre

1.30pm: Stations of the Cross in St James Church

2.30pm: Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Day – Sunday April 16

6.30am: Dawn Service with Easter Fire and first lighting of the Easter Candle, followed by breakfast in church

10am: Family Communion and Celebration of Easter

Christ Church, Stantonbury

Easter Day – Sunday April 16: 9.30am: Easter Day Communion followed by breakfast

10.30:am: Easter Day Family Worship led by David Lewis

St Mary Magdelene, Willen

Palm Sunday – April 9

6pm: A Service of music, readings and prayers for the beginning of Holy Week with Quorum choir

Holy Tuesday April 11

7pm: A short reflective service for Holy Week

Good Friday April 14

2pm: Devotional Hour at the Cross

Easter Day – April 16

9.30am: Communion and family celebration for Easter