On Sunday 22nd March we're going to be hosting the BBC Radio 4 Sunday service, which will be broadcast live from the Kerith Centre at our Bracknell site. We hosted this last year and got very positive feedback so we thought it would be a good thing to do again.
We need a whole load of people to come and be our congregation! The service is broadcast from 8.10-8.50am but we'll all need to be there by 7.30am. We'll serve croissants, tea and coffee for everyone who makes it. We'd encourage you to then stay for the 9.30am meeting if you can. Last time we did a sign up for people who were able to come but we're not going to do that this time - we're just going to trust that people will come.
I'm delighted that our speaker is going to be Ruth Valerio. Ruth is a Director of Tearfund and is a theologian and an environmentalist, a social activist and an author. She recently published 'Saying Yes to Life' which is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book for 2020. I don't know any other Christian who speaks as clearly and biblically on the issue of climate change and what our response should be to it. It will be a privilege to have her with us, giving us a primer on an issue I think many of us struggle to know how to approach from a Christian perspective.
Ruth will be staying on to speak at our 9.30am and 11.30am meetings in Bracknell, which we'll stream out to our other sites. It's also Mothers Day on the 22nd so we'll reflect that in our meetings too.
Whether you can be there live or not please be praying for this. Over a million people listen to the Sunday service so it's a great opportunity for us to have a voice into the nation. Last time we did it there was a real sense of God's presence with us in the room and I'm praying this time will be no different. Please also be encouraging friends and family in other parts of the country to listen in too.
Finally to say that we aren't having a 6pm meeting in Bracknell on the 22nd. Historically it's a very small meeting as families gather together, so we're encouraging all who would normally come to the 6pm to come to one of the morning meetings.
ps. For anyone wanting to get involved in the climate protests from a Christian perspective there is a 24-7 prayer gathering happening in Parliament Square throughout Lent. You can read more on that and other events going on here.