“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’ John 1:5
The First Sunday of Epiphany
There is also a PDF version of this notice sheet, with additional graphics and full colour, which you may prefer for your own use or to pass on to friends and neighbours.
This weeks Bible readings:
Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:4-11
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ALL AGE SERVICE
There is no Junior Church this week as we are having our very first Zoom All Age Service. This will be happening on the second Sunday
of every month. We hope you will join in and support us as we bring our church family together to worship God.
Junior Church will be back at the 10am slot on Sunday 17th January.
OLD CHRISTMAS CARDS
The Ulverston Food Waste Project are collecting old Christmas cards for upcycling. They will use them to create new cards for next year. If you have any you are throwing out please think about giving them to the project to use.
Margaret Williams funeral
Margaret went to be with the Lord on 27th December. Her funeral will take place on Monday 11th January in Church. However due to the current restrictions we as a congregation will not be able to attend. Talking with the family it has been decided that we will live-stream the service on our UPC Facebook page. If you wish to join the service it will be at 11:30am. If you need help with this please do get in touch with Jen Cox on office©uIverstonparishchurchorg, 07584495918 or 588081.
HELP URGENTLY NEEDED
The Marvellous Monument Mapping Mission, having racked up 840 volunteer hours, needs YOUR help to complete the next phase. In order for all the external gravestones and tombs to be photographed, a number of them need clearing of ivy and other growth before the end of January. On a “many hands make light work” basis, we would like as many people as possible to do a little, achieving a lot! These outdoor tasks are to be done (within Covid restrictions) on each Saturday in January, with a variety of jobs to suit all ages, sizes and abilities. Individuals are also welcome to work at their convenience during the week. Brooms, rakes, and other equipment can be provided, or you can bring your own. e.g. some work requires thick gardening gloves for brambles! Enjoy some family fun and exercise in the fresh air!! See how many tasks you can tick off the list!! For more details and to see the map, contact Kristen O’Brien at email@example.com
Academt trust representation
The Diocese is looking for someone to represent them on the academy trusts for Cartmel Priory and Pennybridge Schools. It involves one
or two meetings a year and a school visit.
If interested, please contact Alan Bing at rector©ulverstonparishchurch.org
FACEBOOK GROUPS you might find useful
‘Ulverston Parish Church’
‘UPC – Church Family’
‘Faith 4 Furness Families’
‘Self Isolation Ulverston’
STAY CONNECTED, APART
We would love to hear from you!
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How Do You Pray? Part 1
Have you ever felt your times of talking and listening with God (your personal prayer times) could be more powerful? Might you be looking to kickstart or renew your daily pattern of prayer at the start ofa new year?
If so, you are not alone!
There is no right way or ‘one size fits all’ for how we pray, different patterns will suit different people; but for all of us personal prayer is a vital part of developing our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing patterns of daily prayer that members of our church family have found helpful, plus pointing to some prayer resources. What we will offer are suggestions for you to try, adapt or store away for future use as is best for you. Is there something you have found helpful that you would be willing to share? If so please contact Carolyn Dykes at prayer@ulverstonparishchurchorg
‘I find using my hand and specifically my fingers give me a good structure for my daily prayers. My thumb is for thanksgiving, my index finger for those closest to me, my middle finger for those in leadership; with my ring finger I remember those in need and then my little finger is for anything for myself. I also use prayer diaries from various Christian organisations, and I try to spend a time of waiting on God as well as in intercessory prayer, but I am not a natural contemplative, so I have to discipline myself to spend time in silence rather than moving on to the next prayer topic. Normally, I finish with the Lord’s Prayer.’ Alan Bing
PrayerMate is an app that helps you organise your personal prayer list. With a 5* rating from over 100 users here is how the app is introduced: “Prayer is one of the greatest privileges for the person of faith, and yet most of us wish we were better at it Now when you say to someone ‘I’ll pray for you!’ you can make sure you follow it up.
’I start my quiet time with bible study and mediation, this leads on to a time of prayer with a page or so of names of those I pray for daily. I then have a weekly pattern for other significant groups like wider family, neighbours, golf buddies, ex colleagues, and friends. The time spent has certainly increased since retirement, but the pattern has been the same. I now also use a short period before sleep to pray for the church family and use material from mission organisations. This is the set pattern, but I find also that prayer thoughts come during the day, I trust prompted by the Spirit.’ Steve Parkinson
’I too start the day by reading some short bible notes. When we had young children, I used to do this at night. My notes are simple with one thought for the day. I try to spend a few minutes thinking about them and thanking God for answered prayers and the new day. I have a small notebook with the names of a few people to pray for each day and I also use a few prayer letters from things like Jigsaw and overseas missions. Sometimes Cod lays something particular upon my heart and I find myself praying as I am busy through the day or when I wake at night. This is when I find God speaks to me in particular perhaps with a picture. It does not happen often but its very special when it does. The important thing is just to keep talking to God whenever you have time, no matter how little you have.’ Rita Parkinson