Bowthorpe Church Update – July 2019

Main Service — 10 : 30 am Sunday
For 6.30 Sunday evening programme see website or phone for details.
Short daily prayer Monday to Friday 7.15am and 7pm; Taize style Fridays pm
Wednesday 10 am Service of Holy Communion and Healing


Thanks to all who came to the first Bowthorpe Arts and Crafts Festival back in June. Hundreds of local people visited the Festival. In the pop-up gallery were pieces of art from our local schools. In the Church there was more art, photographs, pottery, performances and workshops. There was also a tree trail and tree walk.
Thanks also to all those participants who contributed to the festival – individuals, schools and local organisations and groups. There really are some very talented people here in Bowthorpe. People may think negatively of Bowthorpe but the festival shows that there is real positivity in our community. People got involved and the talent in our community was high-lighted.

Thanks to Roys, Kettle Crisps, the Diocese of Norwich and the United Reformed Church for sponsoring this event. Thanks to Steve Flanagan for judging the photography competition and to Steve Flanagan and Zatu Games for donating prizes. Finally, my thanks to all the volunteers over the weekend, and especially Lucy Care without whom the festival wouldn’t have got off the ground.

Thankfulness is a much-needed virtue in our overly critical society. It is all too easy to criticise someone or an organisation, and often thanks are never received for all the good that’s done. Saying thank you doesn’t cost anything but can make a big difference to someone’s day.

In the Bible it says, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:18). It can be easier to do this when all is going well, but when things are tough this can be difficult. However, the difficult times in our lives can be the periods when we grow and mature most as people. Through one of the most difficult times in my own life I discovered that with God’s help I gained both experience, wisdom and compassion.

So, if you are going through a tough time, try giving thanks to God. Give thanks that you are learning and growing as a person because of the troubles you are facing. Maybe in time you’ll be able to help someone else going through difficulties. So, let’s “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Until next month, Rev. Mark Elvin

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