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Latest Church Family Friday E-mail

Email issued 28th January 2022

 

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,”
but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

James 2:15-17

 I remember vividly reading these verses as a teenager, and God speaking to me in a powerful way. I felt deeply challenged. But I also felt a little confused. I had been taught that you are not saved by your “good works” so what was James saying? Since reading those verses as a teenager, I have been privileged to meet many incredible Christians who devote their lives to supporting those in need.  John Sapieha comes to mind.  I met John whilst we were living in Rio.  He attended our church, always accompanied by several dishevelled looking people.  As a young man, John had ended up in an African prison for several months, alone and with no outside help or advice. This experience in prison impacted him significantly, and he felt God prompt him to go to Brazil with its high incarceration rates and appalling prisons to support prisoners with visits, practically, financially and with prayer. John did this faithfully for twenty years. He explained to me, “Jane, it is irrelevant to me whether they are culpable or not. The point is they find prison an incredibly tough experience and need help. And so, together with God, I will help them.”
 
John sadly died in Brazil last year, and I have no doubt he is with Jesus now. But John’s life wasn’t about earning salvation by the good deeds that he did.  Rather, John’s faith in Jesus Christ was demonstrated by how he lived, how he loved, and how he practically helped those in need. There was a unity in John’s life of believing and doing. Faith and action walk hand in hand.
 
Love Jane Cacouris (Ministry leader for the Community Go Group)


 Please continue to wear face masks 

While social distancing and mask wearing in a place of worship is now a personal choice, we would love to ask you to continue to wear a mask in church to recognise higher cases in Dorking at the moment and recognise others in the church family who adopt a more cautious approach.  
So, let's continue to look out for one another - do remember to bring and to wear a face covering on Sundays 

 
 
Click here to sign up for Holiday Club (kids, leaders, adults!)
Pray for the Persecuted Church -
Next Tuesday, 1st Feb, 8pm, in church 
 
In North Korea you can be sentenced to a lifetime of back-breaking labour if it's discovered that you own a Bible.  It is common for a Somali woman suspected of being a Christian to be raped and humiliated in public, kept under strict house arrest, abducted, forcibly married to a radical sheikh or even killed.  These are just two of the many examples of the victimisation of Christians around the world.
 
Come to the prayer meeting on Tuesday 1st February to give thanks for the freedom we have as Christians and to intercede for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith. There will be worship, prayers and times of quiet.  The church will be open from 7:45pm and we will start at 8 with the aim to finish soon after 9pm.
 
Click here to sign up for Walk Through the Bible in a Day
 
Vacancy - Office Administrator -
Could this be you or someone you know?


The role of Operations Administrator is now on the vacancies page of our website.  The role is up to 24 hours per week (with some flexibility).  Please pray into who you might share this opportunity to join the team.
Deadline to apply has been extended to Monday
 
Click here to find out more or ask a question about New Wine
 
We’re very excited that this year New Wine is planned to go ahead!
Join a group of us from St Paul’s heading to this Christian Festival - there is lots on offer for all ages, stages, families & teens - click here if you’d like to find out more or email Steve Lister by clicking the button below. 
Look out for more info on Sunday morning too.
Do you sponsor a child?

In the most recent World Church newsletter, there is a short video message for those among us who sponsor children through Compassion [https://www.compassionuk.org]
We invite you to watch this and then let the WCT know of your support so we can link you with others in St Paul’s who are also supporting children in this way.  We would also love to hear from others who sponsor children through other organisations, or from anyone interested in finding out more.  worldchurch@stpaulsdorking.org.uk
 
 
This week at St Paul's
Sunday

9am  Morning Prayer Online and in church,

10.30am Morning Worship Online and in church

The 6pm with Holy Communion, in church room (note new time)

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Click here for Morning Prayer Liturgy
Click here for Holy Communion Liturgy

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
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Read our Latest World Church newsletter here
Midweek

Click here for midweek groups
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Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Click here to join by Zoom on Tuesday mornings 9am
And Tues Evenings Click here to view our current Programme
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Click here for more info
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St Paul's Homegroups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -
simply contact sylvie@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
Dates for your diary/Other notices
14th Feb - Half Term Holiday Club. Click here to sign up
5th Mar - Saturday - Save the date - Walk through the Bible day
23rd July - 28th July - New Wine - will you be joining us this year? Get in touch if you would like to know more.
 

In line with our Eco-church Initiatives please help us to  reduce our use of disposable cups by bringing a reusable cup/mug on Sunday mornings
 
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If you are feeling isolated, are self isolating or ill - let us know - we'd like to support you in prayer and practical ways, email support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

 
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