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AN UPDATE FROM GEORGE, Friday 10th July:

Dear Church Family,

I hope this letter finds you well.  Last week we reflected on cultivating Kindness as the fruit of the Spirit, I wonder if you have been aware of the kindness of God in the last few days?  And have you been able to share his kindness with others this week?  
 
Opening Church 
Thank you for the many responses we have had to the question of returning to our church building to meet for services.  As you might expect, there is a real mix of views and it has been really helpful to get feedback as we plan for the next couple of months.  Detail of how we will be meeting will be confirmed next week, and your patience is much appreciated!  
 
Prayer for Schools and NISCU
This week our schools finish the academic year and I would love to invite you to be praying for: staff, support teams and leaders of our schools – for strength, wisdom and rest all students who will be moving into new classes after the summer break and for staff, students and families regaining confidence now and in September in relation to St Thomas’s Primary School, please pray for a new foundation governor to be appointed to our current vacancy – someone with passion for Jesus and passion for the life of the school! 

Next week is a week of prayer for NISCU, one of our mission partners, who work across South Lakes and beyond. Please pray for:
 
1. VISION AND PRAYER WEEK UPDATE FROM SOUTH LAKES SCHOOLS WORKERS - Firstly, a short video message from Diana, Bee and Katy updating you about the week of vision and prayer that you can share with your Church, family and friends. Watch it here.
 
2. INSPIRE TO PRAY - Please join us on Monday 13th July 10.30am (or catch up in your own time) at the NISCU INSPIRE TO PRAY Team Day. You are all invited!  Bishop Emma will be speaking, children across all our NISCU areas will inspire us in prayer, and we will be led in powerful worship. Search Niscu.online.church or find it on the NISCU home page at www.niscu.org.uk. 
 
3. PRAYER ZOOM MEETINGS - We will also be holding Zoom prayer meetings at 10.30am through the week for each of our clusters in the area; 
 
Tuesday - Sedbergh, Dent and Kirkby Lonsdale schools
Wednesday - Windermere and north schools
Thursday - Milnthorpe and area schools
Friday - Kendal and surrounding schools
 
If you want to join one of these zoom meetings, please email  Katy.hall@niscu.org.uk or diana.stop@niscu.org.uk for details.
 
4. PRAYER WALKING - If you are planning to prayer walk round your nearest school, we can email you some guidelines and prayer points. Again please email katy.hall@niscu.org.uk for our NISCU South Lakes Prayer walk help sheet.
 
5. RESOURCES -  'AN HOUR OF PRAYER’ -  ideas and more. You can also find prayer week resources by following this link and selecting South Lakes.
 
On behalf of Katy Hall and Rachel Sutherland at STK and the whole South Lakes team: bless you and thank you for joining us in covering our schools in prayer.  

 
New Wine Online 
We are really excited about New Wine’s long weekend of worship, teaching, prayer and fun 30th Jul – 3rd August– it’s for all ages and completely free online – without camping!  Lots of ways to connect up and engage with it – have a look at the programme here and their social media for information about speakers.  We are planning some creative ways to share and enjoy the weekend together – watch this space!  
 
Fruit of the Spirit
This week we consider GOODNESS as the fruit of the Spirit in our lives – and what that looks like in our relationship with God and with each other….  
 
1. What do you think it means when God describes each thing created as “Good” in Genesis 1.1-2.3?  How can we reflect and share that goodness?  

2. What can we learn about God’s intentions and God’s goodness from the relationship between God and Adam and Eve, and from their deception by the serpent?   

3. What do we learn about the goodness of God in the person and ministry of Jesus?  How does Jesus represent God in his life and actions, and how did he reflect the goodness of God in his teaching (e.g. Luke 15)?  

4. How does what we believe about God’s goodness affect the fruit our lives produce?   

5. As we think about cultivating goodness as a fruit of the Spirit in our lives how does goodness find expression in our speech – what are we sharing and building with our words?   

6. How does goodness find expression in our actions – what practical care and blessing are we able to give to others and the world around us?  

With love and every blessing,

George