The holiday season is upon us and this means two things for the Vitalise community: first, Soul Survivor; and second, we have to start getting ready to say goodbye to people who are off to university or starting jobs having graduated. So, it’s fun before farewells.
Soul Survivor is 27 to 31 July, if you’re not going pray for those who are!
Throughout the summer at Vitalise we will be journeying through materials to help us prepare for our baptism, confirmation and membership service on Sunday 23 October. For those who have already made these commitments it’s a chance to reflect on the promises we’ve made and for those who are exploring faith it’s a chance to think more deeply about what Christians believe and why.
Morning Prayer and Chaplaincy work will continue throughout most of the summer, although there will be no Morning Prayer during the first two weeks in August (Monday 1 August to Friday 12 August). Morning Prayer will be back as usual on Tuesday 16 August. Do check Facebook and Twitter for up to date information.
Please pray for those who have already left to start new jobs and for those preparing to start new jobs. Please also pray for those who are getting ready to go to Uni and those awaiting exam results over the summer. It’s always a time of change and transition.
If you want to find out more, or if you’ve got any queries please email us!
So here’s what’s happening at Vitalise over the next few weeks!
Since Easter we have started a preaching series on Psalm 23 but given other events this is going to get a little interrupted. Vitalise starts as usual at 6 pm and our normal format will be slightly shortened so we finish at 7 pm. We’ve also started our Heroes of Faith series which is taking place at the end of Vitalise at 7 pm, or soon after 7 pm once we’ve had a cuppa and the odd biscuit! This is how it’s looking, please note the dates when unusual things are happening:
Sunday 24 April sermon on Psalm 23:1 followed by a talk about Catherine Booth.
Sunday 1 May sermon on Psalm 23:2 plus Holy Communion.
Sunday 8 May talk about St Cuthbert until 6.30 pm then we’ll be going to join our friends at St Chad and St Mark (Lime Street, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton) for their Inclusive Prayer Event which starts at 7 pm.
Sunday 15 May sermon on Psalm 23:3 followed by a talk about William Tyndale.
Sunday 22 May – this is our weekend away to Cefn Lea so VITALISE IS CANCELLED.
Sunday 29 May Global Positioning Sunday followed by a talk about C S Lewis
Sunday 5 June sermon on Psalm 23:4 plus Holy Communion.
Sunday 12 June sermon on Psalm 23:5 followed by talk, details tba!
Sunday 19 June sermon on Psalm 23:6 followed by talk, details tba!
During Lent we will be reading and discussing Learning to Dream Again by Sam Wells. We will be reading the chapters during morning prayers, so if you struggle a bit with reading do come along and we can read a section together each morning. We will be discussing the chapters at Vitalise on Sundays as follows:
Sunday 14 February – Chapter 1, Learning to Love Again.
Sunday 21 February – Chapter 2, Learning to Live Again.
Sunday 28 February – Chapter 3, Learning to Think Again.
Sunday 6 March – Chapter 4, Learning to Read Again.
Sunday 13 March – Chapter 5, Learning to Feel Again.
Sunday 20 March – Chapter 6, Learning to Dream Again.
If you’d like a copy of the book or if you’ve got any questions please do get in touch. We will be following the materials which have been prepared by Lichfield Diocese which you can access here if you miss any of the sessions and want to catch up!
We’re going to Cefn Lea on Friday 20 May until Sunday 22 May – want to come with us?
Numbers are limited and so booking early is essential! We will be arriving by 5 pm (supper at 8 pm) on the Friday and leaving after lunch on Sunday. If you need a lift let us know.
We will be staying in Leisure Homes (caravans) and you will need to bring a sleeping bag (or bed linen), towel and pillow case.
We will be able to spend time having fun, worshipping, praying and enjoying the beautiful countryside. A full programme of the weekend will be issued nearer the time.
The cost is £78 per person plus a contribution to petrol costs if you need a lift.
Check out Cefn Lea here! Any queries or to book a place please contact Nicola.
We started the year by looking at the Nazarite Manifesto from Luke 4:14-30 and thinking about what we proclaim through our words and actions in everyday life. Do we proclaim good news, do we proclaim Jesus, do our words match our actions?
Throughout January we have been hearing from a different people about something that they are passionate and which is part of how they proclaim the good news to others.
We heard from Susan who spoke about volunteering with Open Doors, Bev spoke about democracy, engaging with politics and Christians in Politics, John spoke about Israel, Helen spoke about peace and we also thought about those working more locally to help others in our community.
As you will have guess from the intermittent nature of our posts we are still looking for a volunteer who will keep our blog up to date! Apologies for any inconvenience that this is causing.
We continue to meet for Vitalise every Sunday throughout the Christmas period. Remember that we are meeting upstairs at Darlington Street Methodist Church, you can find us through the second red door at the School Street entrance to the Church (School Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4LF). Parking is available at Fold Street Car Park.
We will not be meeting for Morning Prayer during the holiday fortnight. The last Morning Prayer this year will be on Tuesday 22 December and we will be back again in Starbucks at 9 am on Tuesday 5 January. We will be praying even though we are not meeting so please to message or email your prayer requests.
We are really grateful to Fresh Expressions for publishing a Vitalise update. Use this link to find the article and use this link for the September update from Fresh Expressions.