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by Kelly Owen 18 May, 2017
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:
  • people will commit to pray with God’s worldwide family - as a church, individually or as a family; 
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world; 
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

What are we doing at St Michael's?
On Saturday, 27 May, we are holding a group Prayer Walk. This is open to everyone, young or old. Meet us at St Michael's Church for 9am.

On Saturday, 3 June, we are holding a Day of Prayer in St Michael's Church, from 9am to 3.30pm. Again, this is open to everyone.

How can I get involved?

  1. Prayer walk near you - There is a sign-up sheet in St Michael's listing all the roads in Bishop's Cleeve and Woodmancote. Simply put your name next to your own road or any that you'd like to pray for. Then, each day, walk along the road and pray for the people living and working there, or you can pray from home if you are unable to get out. Please d ownload the advice and tips sheet on how to get the best out of your walk or view them on the website .
  2. Pray for 5 friends or family members to know God .
  3. Pray through the Daily Reflections 'Nine Days of Prayer' Booklet.
  4. Pray with your Small Group .
  5. Pray in your youth group (Wha+ever).
  6. Pop in to church and pray (see ChurchWatch for opening times - w/c 29th May is Week 1 rota).
  7. Pray at home, individually or as a family.  There are lots of excellent resources for praying as an individual or family  on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

What to pray
You can pray however you wish, but here's an example to help you:

Loving Father,
In the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [N. & N.]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.

Share your prayer #Pledge2Pray
You can use social media to 'Pray It – Picture It – Post It' on the Thy Kingdom Come website prayer wall. If you want to get your images ready in advance, here's a list of the themes. Remember to use images and phrases that resonate with #Pledge2Pray and:

  • 25 May #ToJesus
  • 26 May #Praise
  • 27 May #Thanks
  • 28 May #Sorry
  • 29 May #Offer
  • 30 May #PrayFor
  • 31 May #Help
  • 1 June #Adore
  • 2 June #Celebrate
  • 3 June #Silence
  • 4 June #ThyKingdomCome
Just use #Pledge2Pray and a hashtag for the prayer of the day. Make sure there is a space between the tags, for example: #Pledge2Pray #ToJesus.

On Facebook, go to the ThyKingdomCome page and post to the Timeline using #Pledge2Pray and the tag of the day, for example #Pledge2Pray #Celebrate. Make sure your post is set to 'public', or we can’t see it!

Visit: www.instagram.com/Pledge2Pray
Visit: www.twitter.com/thykingdom_come
Visit: www.facebook.com/ThyKingdomComeUK

Please email our Prayer Chain if you would like more information, see our page on Praying Together , or visit  thykingdomcom.global
by Kelly Owen 12 May, 2017
Born Bad by James Boyce
Are we born bad or are does our culture make us the way we are? A great book tracing the history of the doctrine of 'original sin' from its originator St Augustine all through the reformation until such people as Richard Dawkins.

Jesus Freak by Sara Miles
If you really want to be challenged and take stock about how lucky we are to live where we do then read this book. For those involved with Foodbanks this book will inspire you. Those who feel comfortable about their faith, this book will unsettle you.

Listening to God by Joyce Huggett
I was once told that God has given us two ears and one mouth and we should use them in that proportion. Do you find yourself talking and praying to God and not letting him get a word in edgeways? Well, this great book is often considered to be a Christian classic as it was written over thirty years ago, but still is as relevant for us today. It is full of wise and helpful suggestions of how we can spend time listening to God and discovering his will for us. Prayer should be always a two-way conversation.

Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby
I often tell people at this time of year not to give up something for Lent, but take something on. May I suggest you read this year's Archbishop's of Canterbury Lent Book 'Dethroning Mammon.' It has really helped me in looking how money plays a significant role in our lives and the need to put it in a Christian perspective. Money should be seen as a gift to us to use for the benefit of bestowing grace upon others or as Justin Welby puts it 'Divine Economics' This book will challenge you and I hope will bless you this Lenten time.

Is a Radical Church Possible by Adrian Akler
If you are prepared to be really challenged about your faith read this book. You'll find yourself asking some real deep questions about where you are in your journey with God. You'll often disagree with what is written, but it will make you stop and reassess what you really believe. So if you like being provoked and made uncomfortable read this book. I be interested to know how you got on.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
a great little book which takes a different look at what it means to be faithful to Jesus. it is challenging, thought provoking and will change the way in which are to live.

The Invisible Church by Steve Aisthorpe
A fascinating read, for those dark winter evening, that will make some very uncomfortable and be reassuring to others.

Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller
For those who believe that 'Christmas is for children' or find that this festive season has lost it's meaning should read this short book.

Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
This book asks the question are you a follower of Jesus or are you just a fan? Where do you see yourself?

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripkin
I would recommend to anyone who is currently following the preaching series on 1 Peter. It is full of encouragement to those who suffer for their faith. For those who are really going through a difficult time remember these words from a recent J John tweet, 'You can never kill a Christian, only change their address.'

If you have read any good books lately do share them with us in the Comments below.

Richard

by Kelly Owen 05 May, 2017
Welcome to our new website!

Our aim has been to create a website that is not only easy to use and provides useful information about our church and activities, but also reflects our values and priorities as we work to transform lives through Christ's love.

If you're new to the area and want to find out more about us, the Our Life Together section will give you a good idea of who we are. Our Service Times page gives details of the different services we offer.

We have a dedicated section for children and families , which covers the main groups and activities we provide for children, young people and families - such as our Sunday groups, holiday club and our popular baby and toddler group.

We, of course, have provided all you need to know about holding a  baptism, wedding or funeral  at St Michael's and how to contact us.

The blog is a new feature that will enable us to share what we're doing, along with our newsletter which you can also view and download from the News page. 

As well as our website and blog, we also have a Facebook page where we regularly share church news. Our Facebook group  is also available to anyone looking for a more private space to share discussion and news with other church members.

Finally, we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at Cotswold Web Services for the most generous donation of website, and to Kelly at Ultimate Proof  for her time in pulling the content together. The website has been created at no cost to the church and we hope you'll find it a useful resource.

St Michael's Church Blog

by Kelly Owen 18 May, 2017
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:
  • people will commit to pray with God’s worldwide family - as a church, individually or as a family; 
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world; 
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

What are we doing at St Michael's?
On Saturday, 27 May, we are holding a group Prayer Walk. This is open to everyone, young or old. Meet us at St Michael's Church for 9am.

On Saturday, 3 June, we are holding a Day of Prayer in St Michael's Church, from 9am to 3.30pm. Again, this is open to everyone.

How can I get involved?

  1. Prayer walk near you - There is a sign-up sheet in St Michael's listing all the roads in Bishop's Cleeve and Woodmancote. Simply put your name next to your own road or any that you'd like to pray for. Then, each day, walk along the road and pray for the people living and working there, or you can pray from home if you are unable to get out. Please d ownload the advice and tips sheet on how to get the best out of your walk or view them on the website .
  2. Pray for 5 friends or family members to know God .
  3. Pray through the Daily Reflections 'Nine Days of Prayer' Booklet.
  4. Pray with your Small Group .
  5. Pray in your youth group (Wha+ever).
  6. Pop in to church and pray (see ChurchWatch for opening times - w/c 29th May is Week 1 rota).
  7. Pray at home, individually or as a family.  There are lots of excellent resources for praying as an individual or family  on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

What to pray
You can pray however you wish, but here's an example to help you:

Loving Father,
In the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [N. & N.]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.

Share your prayer #Pledge2Pray
You can use social media to 'Pray It – Picture It – Post It' on the Thy Kingdom Come website prayer wall. If you want to get your images ready in advance, here's a list of the themes. Remember to use images and phrases that resonate with #Pledge2Pray and:

  • 25 May #ToJesus
  • 26 May #Praise
  • 27 May #Thanks
  • 28 May #Sorry
  • 29 May #Offer
  • 30 May #PrayFor
  • 31 May #Help
  • 1 June #Adore
  • 2 June #Celebrate
  • 3 June #Silence
  • 4 June #ThyKingdomCome
Just use #Pledge2Pray and a hashtag for the prayer of the day. Make sure there is a space between the tags, for example: #Pledge2Pray #ToJesus.

On Facebook, go to the ThyKingdomCome page and post to the Timeline using #Pledge2Pray and the tag of the day, for example #Pledge2Pray #Celebrate. Make sure your post is set to 'public', or we can’t see it!

Visit: www.instagram.com/Pledge2Pray
Visit: www.twitter.com/thykingdom_come
Visit: www.facebook.com/ThyKingdomComeUK

Please email our Prayer Chain if you would like more information, see our page on Praying Together , or visit  thykingdomcom.global
by Kelly Owen 12 May, 2017
Born Bad by James Boyce
Are we born bad or are does our culture make us the way we are? A great book tracing the history of the doctrine of 'original sin' from its originator St Augustine all through the reformation until such people as Richard Dawkins.

Jesus Freak by Sara Miles
If you really want to be challenged and take stock about how lucky we are to live where we do then read this book. For those involved with Foodbanks this book will inspire you. Those who feel comfortable about their faith, this book will unsettle you.

Listening to God by Joyce Huggett
I was once told that God has given us two ears and one mouth and we should use them in that proportion. Do you find yourself talking and praying to God and not letting him get a word in edgeways? Well, this great book is often considered to be a Christian classic as it was written over thirty years ago, but still is as relevant for us today. It is full of wise and helpful suggestions of how we can spend time listening to God and discovering his will for us. Prayer should be always a two-way conversation.

Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby
I often tell people at this time of year not to give up something for Lent, but take something on. May I suggest you read this year's Archbishop's of Canterbury Lent Book 'Dethroning Mammon.' It has really helped me in looking how money plays a significant role in our lives and the need to put it in a Christian perspective. Money should be seen as a gift to us to use for the benefit of bestowing grace upon others or as Justin Welby puts it 'Divine Economics' This book will challenge you and I hope will bless you this Lenten time.

Is a Radical Church Possible by Adrian Akler
If you are prepared to be really challenged about your faith read this book. You'll find yourself asking some real deep questions about where you are in your journey with God. You'll often disagree with what is written, but it will make you stop and reassess what you really believe. So if you like being provoked and made uncomfortable read this book. I be interested to know how you got on.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
a great little book which takes a different look at what it means to be faithful to Jesus. it is challenging, thought provoking and will change the way in which are to live.

The Invisible Church by Steve Aisthorpe
A fascinating read, for those dark winter evening, that will make some very uncomfortable and be reassuring to others.

Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller
For those who believe that 'Christmas is for children' or find that this festive season has lost it's meaning should read this short book.

Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
This book asks the question are you a follower of Jesus or are you just a fan? Where do you see yourself?

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripkin
I would recommend to anyone who is currently following the preaching series on 1 Peter. It is full of encouragement to those who suffer for their faith. For those who are really going through a difficult time remember these words from a recent J John tweet, 'You can never kill a Christian, only change their address.'

If you have read any good books lately do share them with us in the Comments below.

Richard

by Kelly Owen 05 May, 2017
Welcome to our new website!

Our aim has been to create a website that is not only easy to use and provides useful information about our church and activities, but also reflects our values and priorities as we work to transform lives through Christ's love.

If you're new to the area and want to find out more about us, the Our Life Together section will give you a good idea of who we are. Our Service Times page gives details of the different services we offer.

We have a dedicated section for children and families , which covers the main groups and activities we provide for children, young people and families - such as our Sunday groups, holiday club and our popular baby and toddler group.

We, of course, have provided all you need to know about holding a  baptism, wedding or funeral  at St Michael's and how to contact us.

The blog is a new feature that will enable us to share what we're doing, along with our newsletter which you can also view and download from the News page. 

As well as our website and blog, we also have a Facebook page where we regularly share church news. Our Facebook group  is also available to anyone looking for a more private space to share discussion and news with other church members.

Finally, we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at Cotswold Web Services for the most generous donation of website, and to Kelly at Ultimate Proof  for her time in pulling the content together. The website has been created at no cost to the church and we hope you'll find it a useful resource.

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