RECTOR'S LETTER
 

Rector’s Easter Newsletter – Sunday 16th April 2017
 
A very Happy Easter to you!  With all the dreadful uncertainty in the world Christ’s victory gives us a sure and certain hope and an assurance that death’s hold over us is no more.  Christ’s resurrection shows us what awaits those who die knowing Jesus: new life!  How else do our Coptic brothers and sisters turn the other cheek when their services are bombed (killing over forty Christians)?
 
If you are new or just visiting we are a thriving and growing church that seeks to make a difference in our community and beyond.  If you’d like more information on us just visit www.bpchurch.uk or ask to meet one of the team after a service.
 
Can I please ask you to spend a couple of minutes reading this? There are some important things that I’d like you to be aware of and to pray for.
 
Vision Update.  If you missed the Annual Church Meeting I’d really encourage you to watch the talk I gave which looks back at some of the great things that happened in 2016 and also looks forward to what we feel God is calling us to do in 2017 and beyond.  You can watch it at bpchurch.uk/livestream, click on the YouTube link and then select the APCM video. My talk starts at 54 minutes.
 
Alpha.  Our next Alpha course starts on Wednesday 26th April in church. 7.30pm – 9.30pm over 10 weeks.  Evenings start with a meal which is followed by a video and a discussion.  The food alone makes it worth coming to!  We really encourage you come and do Alpha if you haven’t already. Full details at bpchurch.uk/alpha.
 
The ‘FOCUS’ Church Holiday 24th – 30th July.  Whilst the priority for this year is the Parish W/E away (see below), a group will be going once again to the Somerley Estate near Ringwood for a week of camping and vibrant Christian teaching & worship.  Details are on the website.  There are plenty of non-camping options too.  If you are interested and would like to find out what it’s like just let me or Danny know.
 
Parish Weekend Away 29th Sept – 1st Oct.  Numbers are growing (now over 50 signed-up) but there is plenty more space so please consider coming.  Full details are on the website and fliers also available in Church.  We’d love this to be the largest ever w/e away so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to grab me for a chat.  We do not want a lack of finance to be a barrier to people coming so let me or Lizzie know if we can help. Lure for the men: there are no less than 5 local golf courses!
 
Mission from The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).  A team from OCCA is coming to Buckingham for the weekend 20/21st May and we’ll be creating a load of evangelistic opportunities both before and around that w/e to encourage people in look into Christianity.  If you’d like to be involved do let Danny know.
 
Other stuff:
 
New to SSPP?  If you are new and haven’t yet completed a ‘Connect’ card then please pick one up from the back of church, complete it and pass to one of the team.  If you don’t, we’ll be unable to keep you updated on forthcoming events and you’ll miss out on dinner at The Rectory!
 
Church Website.  We communicate as a church family more and more via the website. Even if you are not on email we still need you to be registered so we can write to you.  If you haven’t yet registered – or are unsure if you are or not – can you please let us know?  You can simply call the office on 821509.  [If you receive our E-Letters you will be registered.]
 
Photographs.   One of the excellent facilities that our website offers is to hold photographs of individuals alongside their contact details. If you want to know what this looks like just login to the website and look at the address book under P to see the rogues’ gallery that is my family!  As we grow numerically having these photos helps us immensely by putting faces to names.  
 
We’d love everyone to have their photo available (remember your details can only be seen to logged-in members – they are not publicly visible) so please send in a photo or photos of you/your family to [email protected] and Sue Fox will crop and upload.  If you cannot do this do ask one of the team to take your photo after a service (we promise to show it to you first before uploading!) or just bring in a photo for us to scan.
 
 
Some Dates for your diary …
 
Friday 21st April – Outreach curry night for bikers at The Centre at 7.30pm.  If you’re a biker do please support this initiative and bring along a friend or two. If you’re interested in being involved please speak to Alex Cooke 07776 203159.
Saturday 22th April - Women’s Breakfast
Sunday 23rd April –Benefice Shared Lunch at St Mary’s Thornborough at 1pm.
Sunday 23rd April – Service of Healing and Wholeness at St Mary's Thornborough at 6pm.·       Wednesday 26th April - Alpha starts.
 
And finally …
 
I do hope that you’ve enjoyed whichever service you came to when you collected this leaflet.  If you’re new to church, visiting or perhaps even just exploring the Christian faith I really encourage you to come and do Alpha.  It is a great way of meeting new people and connecting with faith.  It is all about Jesus and He is the power behind all we do and all we do points to Him.  We exist simply to make Him known.
 
Have a wonderful Easter and if you have kids, I hope and pray that the return to school goes smoothly.
 
with much love

Will