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This is Christian Aid Week. On Sunday the service will be led by our elders. We are not having a door to door collection in our area this year but there are envelopes available in the pews for anyone who wishes one. After the service there will be freshly made pancakes along with the tea and coffee. There will be a retiral collection for Christian Aid and also a raffle for a basket of Fairtrade items. Please come along and support Christian Aid Sunday.

 Just a reminder that the date for Communion in June is Sunday 3rd of June.

Thanks to all who continue to support our collection for items for EK Foodbank. It is always gratefully received and distributed as quickly as possible to those who need it.

Remember all the organisations which take place in our church each week. If you would like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. If you are a crafty person come along to the Craft and Hobbies on a Wednesday at 2pm.

The Boys’ Brigade Display is this Friday (the 18th) and the Girls’ Brigade are holding an end of session Coffee Evening on the 30th.  Come along if you can and support our young people in our Church organisations.

If you want any information about any of these groups, just phone and we can let you know!!!

Also, if you want to add anyone to the prayer list please let me know.

We are still asking everyone to sit downstairs while we repaint the stairs so please bear with us while we wait for this job to be done.

Scripture: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It is a day that we remember and celebrate a very special event in the early days of the church. 

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to heaven, he promised them that he would ask the Father to send another helper to be with them. That was a wonderful promise that Jesus gave his followers, but Peter, James, John, Andrew, and the rest of the disciples weren't really sure exactly what that meant.

After Jesus had ascended into heaven, the Bible tells us that his followers were gathered together in one place. They were gathered to celebrate the festival of Pentecost when they gave an offering to God of the first fruits of their harvest.

Suddenly, they heard a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind. Next, they saw what appeared to be tongues of fire that came to rest upon the heads of each one of them. That would have been wonderful if that had been all that happened, but it wasn't. The Bible tells us that, after the wind and fire, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other languages. Everyone there could understand what was being said regardless of what language they spoke.

That is an amazing story about God sending the Holy Spirit. What is really remarkable is that the Holy Spirit didn't come that one time and then go away. The Spirit still lives in the hearts of Christ's followers and the Spirit is with us today. The Holy Spirit guides us in the decisions we make each day. He is the comforter who calms our fears and fills us with hope. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Scripture and helps us to understand what we read. The Holy Spirit is to help us, so let us listen to Him and do what he leads us to do.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful to you for sending the Holy Spirit to live within us and to be our comforter, teacher, and guide. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

This week continue to pray for our many church friends, those who are ill at home or in hospital especially Anne, Jean, Marion, Christine, Vena, Les and Sylvia, Bill and Sheena, Laura, Sybil and anyone else known to you. Pray also for the doctors, nurses and carers who look after them all during the week.

Pray for our elders who will help lead our worship this week and for Helen and her helpers as they continue the work for Christian Aid.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk