Growing in Spirit & Body

Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah, in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love.

~ Ephesians 4:15—16


Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

~ 1 Corinthians 6:19—20

October Prayer

God's changing seasons

What a joy to behold

The colours of Autumn showing

Yellow, orange and gold

Falling leaves providing pleasure for some and extra sweeping for others.

The nights draw in, for some anticipating cosy evenings, for others a more lonely time.

Dear Lord, accompany us during this time and give us wisdom to seek peace, settle, and pray.

Let us pray for those caught up in the recent terrible hurricanes and help them recover from the devastation caused.

Think of and pray for all those involved in the recent atrocities in London and pray for all the victims' continued recovery.

God relieves suffering and guides us in ways of holiness whilst we reflect on the ups and down of October, perhaps the Word for this month could be

"Whatever Turns up Grab It and Do it Heartily",

i.e. put your hear and soul into it.


Prayer for September


Dear Lord God,

We thank you for the Summertime, with the warmer weather and the beauty of the earth around us. Bright smiling flowers, tall green trees, the seaside on our door step . Summer a time to appreciate the world you have given us. For some of us a time to be able to relax and reflect.

We have seen the gathering of harvest produce. The ripe fruit in the orchards and along the hedge rows. The bales of hay standing in the reaped fields. All to sustain us and the animals thought the long coming winter months

We now look forward to colours of Autumn, the golden brown of the tree's leaves and the changing scenery. A time to return to our usual routines of school and work. We ask that your Holy Spirit is with us in all we have to do and say.

In this world of so much beauty we are aware of all the destruction and damage that is done to our earth. We pray for our world - that it may be treated respectfully. We thank you for all the organisations and mankind that care for our environment, animals and wildlife. We pray that they may get the message across to those who are doing harm to the beauty you have given us.

We Pray for the world's peoples. Those that are ruled by tyrants , those who are lured into forced labour, those who live in poverty, those affected by disasters natural and manmade. We pray that your love may overcome all the hatred that is in our world. That your peace may come to us on earth.

We pray through you Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer for July

Thank You for all You have given us to enjoy. Every season brings its joys and its challenges in many different forms. In summer we have days of sunshine and warmth and we can share together in enjoying these. They can also bring frustrations as crowds fill busy roads and pavements. Help us to remember that all are individuals, and that includes us. We can control how we behave.

We live in a world of great joy and great sadness. When we see people enjoying success, help us to be excited for them. They may have passed an exam, found a new home, got a new job. We may not actually know what somebody is feeling good about, so help us to give thanks in our ignorance - to give thanks for all that is good.

When we see news stories of distant wars and distant poverty, give us the strength of will to focus energies and resources to help overcome these. Wherever there is need, You are needed. Help us to bring You to those around us, both nearby and far away. Give us the imagination to stand out.

When we see people in need, help us to "put ourselves in their shoes".

May the work of Christians Against Poverty be blessed in all that they do, supporting people facing seemingly insoluble problems. Help us to support this work with our prayers and abilities.

When the Haven Project supports those struggling on our streets, give all involved the strength and the skills and the confidence to help build a positive future. Help all involved feel gifts being shared.

All around the world people need You. Whether their troubles are mental, financial, psychological, whatever they may be, help us to "put ourselves in their shoes". Those in trouble may feel they have no "shoes", whether mental, financial, psychological or physical. Give us the imagination to feel.

In our own lives we face challenges. You know what they are and You support us in our struggles. Thank You. Help us to share this news with all of the world in what we do and say. Help us to share this news in the way we listen and feel. Help us to imagine how good things can be.

With You, all is possible.

Imagine!

Amen.

The Retreats Fellowship

This fellowship is open to ALL who want to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, reflection and silence, and who would value the encouragement of others.

Quiet Day

Saturday, 7 October 10am–4pm

Hassocks URC, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8AB Facilitator: Revd. Darryl Sinclair

Cost: £8 members (£10 non-members) bring a packed lunch, drinks provided.

Organised by the URC Southern Synod

Prayer Lunch

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Prayer is the vital life breath of our relationship with God. We encourage many forms of prayer within our church. Corporate prayer takes place during our worship, at most of our meetings, at house fellowship groups and at our prayer lunch on the second Tuesday of the month.

This friendly event allows people to get to know one another, share a meal, and pray for each other, our community and our world.

Please contact Rita at (01227) 263959 or fill in the enquiry form to pre-book.


See also our Monthly Prayer Pilgrimage in partnership with Churches Together in Whitstable

House Fellowship Groups

1st Wednesday of the Month at 7.00pm

We meet once a month to encourage each other in our faith and grow together as the body of Christ.

Join us for this spirituality book group which meets in a Church member's home.

For more information, email info@whitstableurc.org.uk or fill in the enquiry form.

Walking Fellowship

3rd Saturday of the Month

Everyone Welcome!

Our Walking Fellowship invites everyone to engage their love of nature and neighbour with their love of God. Every month, we explore idyllic gems of our local outstanding natural resources followed by lunch at a local pub. These walks are an opportunity to get to know the surrounding countryside and, at the same time, to meet other people. We look forward to seeing you!

You are also welcome to just join us for lunch. More Info...

Tai Chi for Health & Relaxation

Tuesdays 9.30–10.30am & 10.30–11.30am

and

Thursdays 9.30–10.30am

(except August)

Tai Chi for Health and Relaxation is taught in a friendly and informal atmosphere. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and seated tai chi exercises are also included. We look forward to welcoming you!

For further details contact Jack Kenny at 01227 272304.


Membership

Please get in touch if you want to know more about our church, if you are seeking baptism, or if you want to make WURC your spiritual home. For pastoral support contact Revd. Martin Belgrove at (10227) 276326 or by email.

@whitstableurc