Race England may be out of the World Cup, but we still have a great summer of sport to look forward to. Whether it’s Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix, international cricket, The Open Golf Championship or the Commonwealth games, there is something for sports fans everywhere. We all want to see Mo Farah winning gold medals in Glasgow and, across Britain, sportsmen and women are training hard with their eyes fixed on the winner’s trophy. The Bible tells us that we should be like those sportsmen and women. St Paul says “Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) We should live our lives with our eyes fixed on Jesus to win the prize. And what is the prize? The prize is a life changed for the better – a new life! Want to know more? Ask about our autumn course, Exploring Faith. 

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E-mail: office@croftonparish.org.uk Office telephone number: 01329 661154 (Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 1 pm)

WW1 Commemorative service at Stubbington, War Memorial, Monday 4th August 10:30pm-11pm

The local community is invited to join the churches in Stubbington for a short open air service at the village War Memorial on Monday 4th August to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the 1st World War

Drawing upon the British Foreign Secretary’s Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark that ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe’, the service will include a candlelit vigil, readings, music and poems, with the final candle being extinguished at 11pm.

Through the words and symbolism of the service we join with others across the country and down the years to honour those paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: ‘The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is both a solemn duty and an opportunity to reflect, one hundred years later, on the folly of war and the horrific human suffering it involves.’ 

Christianity Explored

Christianity Explored - Based upon Mark's gospel this is a short course, on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 8-9pm, between May and September, for those who have searching questions about the person, life and work of Jesus and what this means for people of faith today.  A mix of large group teaching and small group discussion, sign up in the foyer at Holy Rood or e-mail office@croftonparish.org.uk. For more details click here.

 

 

New Evening Service Topic: Christian X- Men and Women: Heroes of faith

As part of this series each preacher will present a hero of faith that has impacted them in their faith journey, tell the story of their hero, say how their heroes’ example has impacted their life, and then choose a segment of scripture that is important to, or is representative of their hero, and preach around that. Do come and join us on Sunday evenings (apart from the first Sunday of the month) at 6:30pm (coffee served from 6pm) to be encouraged by these inspiring heroes. If you missed the first two sermons in this series you can listen to them either via this website by clicking the following links - Jackie PullingerStanley SpencerChris Davis MBEIan HislopMelson Mandela & Dietrich Bonhoeffer or if you have Podcast software here or on iTunes as Holy Rood Talks.

 

Causeway

We are launching a new congregation which will gather together on the first Sunday of the month, at 6.30pm, at Holy Rood.  The Causeway congregation is open to everyone but when we meet for worship there will be special provision for adults with learning difficulties.  The great thing is we can all learn from one another and worship is enriched when abilities and traditions and ages are mixed - enriched that is, if we approach it with the right heart.  So do join us on the first Sunday of the month.

 

Prayer

‘You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help’ Psalm 31:22
Every day there is prayer going on in this church for all kinds of different people and situations. Some are anxious about family members, or facing illness, unemployment or money problems. If you would like prayer for any situation please click on the Prayer Requests button and email prayer@croftonparish.org.uk  You don’t have to give your name if you’d rather not, but please be assured that anything you say or share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you would like one of the clergy to pray for you at home that can also be arranged. Outside of office hours please email our clergy: clergy@croftonparish.org.uk