Hazelwell Church

Weekly Contact 30th August 2020

27 Aug 2020 • Weekly Notices

Hazelwell Weekly Contact 30th August 2020

Prayers are requested for:-

  • All who have suffered as a result of the hurricane in Louisiana
  • Moira and the family
  • David, Ethel & Audrey all of whom look forward to the time when they can have unrestricted visitors again
  • The residents of Priory Road & Vicarage Road

Parish update

I am sorry to hear that some folk haven’t received last week’s update. They were all posted together but for some reason a few didn’t reach their destination – let’s hope the postal services do better this week!

I have therefore once again enclosed the (updated) detailed arrangements for our planned return to church on Sunday September 6th

Some members of the JCC will attend church this Sunday for a “test service” to check that the plans we have in place are workable.

We plan to return to church for the first service on Sunday 6th (see accompanying letter.) All who receive this newsletter will be given priority as they do not have access to streamed services. You will be rung on Monday prior to the service to check whether you plan to attend so that we are able to ensure we offer an appropriate number of places to others.

Sunday Worship resources

There are broadcast Sunday services each week on radio & television as follows:-

Radio 4. 8.10am. Sunday Worship

BBC 1 1.15 pm. Songs of Praise

Join us on Zoom this Sunday at 10 am (transmitted from church)

Please use the link below for this Sunday's service, (and subsequent services)

led, this week by David Taylor- all welcome

You are warmly invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hazelwell Morning Worship


Aug 30, 2020 10:00 AM

Sep 6, 2020 10:00 AM

Sep 13, 2020 10:00 AM

Sep 20, 2020 10:00 AM

Sep 27, 2020 10:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 890 8735 3006

Passcode: 921085

B30 Foodbank - w/e AUGUST 22nd 2020

The Foodbank is operating an Emergency Food Delivery Service from the Warehouse only for the period of the CV19 emergency.

Emergency - What's happening?
As well as changing to a delivery service, we have increased the number of food parcels a client/family is eligible to receive. Our volunteers are now delivering food using their own vehicles to S and SW Postcodes B13, B14, B29, B30, B31, B38, B45 and sometimes B47, only the south in B32and B17 and on Tuesdays and Fridays only.

Last week we fed 95people (60 adults 35 children) on 44 vouchers We received in 1458kgs in donations and we used 1028kgs of food

Urgently needed Smash (lots), rice pudding, tinned potato, tinned spaghetti, tinned fruit/puddings, custard, hot chocolate, single packed toothbrushes shampoo, deodorant, laundry liquid., Lower in Stock fruit juice, tinned tomato, treats, tinned macaroni cheese, noodles, jam, squash. Well stocked Not Required CurrentlyBaked beans, soup, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, fish, meat, vegetables, pasta sauce, biscuits, sanitary wear, shower gel, soap, toilet roll, bottled water, carrier bags

Warehousing: B30 Foodbank Warehouse, is at 17 Castle Rd, Kings Norton Business Park, B30 3HZ. 2.00-4.00 on Tuesday and Friday.

Reflection ( from RVA )

“The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.” - Matthew 22:10-14

This may be quite shocking at first. In this parable the king invited many to the wedding feast of his son. Many rejected the invitation. He then sent his servants out to gather anyone who would come and the hall was filled. But when the king came in, there was one not dressed in a wedding garment and we can see what happens to him in the passage above.

Again, at first read this may be a bit shocking. Did this man really deserve to be bound hand and foot and thrown outside into the darkness where there is wailing and grinding of teeth, just because he didn’t have the right clothing on? Certainly not.

Understanding this parable requires we understand the symbolism of the wedding garment. This garment is a symbol of one who is clothed in Christ and, specifically, one who is therefore filled with charity. There is a very interesting lesson to learn from this passage.

First, the fact that this man was at the wedding feast means he responded to the invitation. This is an indication of faith. Therefore, this man does symbolize one who has faith. Second, the lack of a wedding garment means that he is one who has faith and believes all that God says but has not allowed that faith to permeate his heart and soul to the point of producing true conversion and, therefore, true charity. It is the lacking of charity in the young man that condemns him.

The interesting point is that it is possible for us to have faith, but to lack charity. Faith is believing what God reveals to us. But even the demons believe! Charity requires we embrace that will interiorly and let it transform our lives. This is an important point to understand because sometimes we can struggle with this same situation. At times we can find we believe on the level of faith but are not living it. Both are required for a life of authentic holiness.

Reflect, today, upon both your faith in all that God has spoken, and the charity that this hopefully produces in your life. Being a Christian means you let your faith sink from your head down to your heart and will.

Lord, may I have deep faith in You and in all that You have spoken. May that faith sink into my heart producing love of You and others. Jesus, I trust in You.