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Sermons in Lent

Lent is a time for giving as well as receiving. Over three Sundays in Lent,
the whole church is going to be listening to the same sermon series on
giving. It’s no surprise that as a parish we are heavily investing in staff,
resources, buildings and mission. But all of this costs, and without your
generous offering to the work of God in this parish, we’d be bankrupt in a
couple of years. This Lent we will spend time as a church reviewing our
attitude to money; unlearning bad habits and re-learning God’s plans for us.
If you miss a week, you will have the opportunity to listen to the sermons
through our website, or take the sermon notes to digest at a later time.

Lent Course

One way that our church has found really helpful to engage in Lent is by
attending a short course. This Lent I will be leading a Lent Course which
will be an in-depth (but utterly accessible) study on the book of Jonah.
We’ll meet weekly throughout Lent at 7.30pm at the Parish Church.
There will be refreshments, a Bible study, time to ask questions and the
opportunity to discuss in a group. There will be a short time of prayer and
reflection and we’ll end at 9.00pm. Why not come along? If you are able
to plan ahead, please let the Parish Office know you will be attending.

      Wednesday 8th March – Jonah Flees (Chapter 1)
      Thursday 16th March – Jonah’s Prayer (Chapter 2)
      Wednesday 22nd March – The wrong message (Chapter 3)
      Wednesday 29th March – Is it right to be angry? (Chapter 4)
      Wednesday 5th April – Prayer time together

Endings and beginnings

As you read this, the closing date for the applications for our new Vicar
will have passed. This means in the Archdeacon’s Office, there will be the
forms of those who feel called to minister to us. Bob Older and Tim Mears
(our Parish Lay Representatives) and the Archdeacon and Patron now have
the responsibility to discern who God is calling to lead us forward. Please
pray for them as well as the candidates at this important time. The
interviews for our new Vicar will take place on the 21st and 22nd March.
As my curacy draws to a close and I move on to be the Associate Rector
at St James Gerrards Cross with St James Fulmer, please pray for Lenny,
Bethany, William and me during this time of transition. Our last Sunday in
Chalfont St Peter will be on 2nd April. Please keep a close eye on the
Pew Sheet if you wish to attend the ‘farewell’ gathering on that day.
My Licencing Service, to which you are all warmly invited, is on Sunday
9th April at 6.30pm at St. James Gerrards Cross.

                                                                          Yours in Christ

                                                                                      Ben Topham

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