A message From Colin:

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Having preached on ‘radical hospitality’ recently, and after us all reading of the need for food items for the Petworth Food Bank in this month’s village magazine, it would be good for us as a church to assist in this area.  As a church, inherent in feeding the poor isn’t the fact we feed them just because they are hungry, we feed them because to do so says they are worth feeding, and the love of God declares that.  Perhaps we should bring food each week to give to those that need it; those in our community or to the food bank?  Just as we have the gifts of bread and wine, and our financial gifts are brought forward to be blessed, so too could these at the start of the Eucharist.  Part of this is would be to bless the food and to acknowledge that this is an aspect of our giving, but the main part of doing this is to make a statement that we are all in need of God’s grace, and that those who have little in whatever way are worth something – worth our time, worth our giving, and worthy before God.  As a church we believe this, so bringing forward a basket of food would be a visible sign – a sacrament if you like – of what we are doing, or what God does through us.  If you can, please put non-perishable food items in the basket at the back of the church.

With grateful thanks,

Colin”

The video below gives a great indication as to how our simple gifts of physical necessities can bless others and demonstrate Christ’s love for all in action:

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We will be accepting gifts of non-perishable food items and other necessities every Sunday morning during our 9:30am service at the same time as our financial gifts. All you need to do is bring something with you on a Sunday and place it in the basket that will be located at the back of the church.