• on September 21, 2021

September Newletter

“ God is love!
His the care, tending each,
everywhere. God is love,
all is there!
Jesus came to show him,
that mankind might know
him! Sing aloud, God is
good, God is truth! God is
beauty! Praise him!”

Come and join our worship!

Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday at 11am, except on the first Sunday of the month, when it takes place at 9am.

Church4All, an informal service suitable for the young at heart of all ages takes place the first Sunday of each month at 11am

Evening Encounter Service takes place on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6.30pm

In addition!

Little Lights, our group for pre school children, generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 9.30am. Our next meetings are on September 21st, 12th October, 9th November and 14th December

All Hallows’ Youth Group, for young people of Middle School and High School age, meets each fortnight, sometimes via ‘zoom’.

For more information about the next meeting contact Katherine Metcalf, 07913774552, email: katherinemetcalf AT outlook.com

Also we have 3 different house groups which meet regularly throughout the month. If you would like to join in, please get in touch.

Georgina Dickinson has been in touch with family news about the ‘Adopt a Grave’ scheme….


“My name is Etty O’Broin. I’m 8 years old and live in London. Gigi, ( my grandma) explained the Adopt a Grave project and I am very interested so I walked round with Ian Gunson and Gigi and chose this grave because it was for a little boy who had died just 4 days old on Valentine’s Day 1888. His name was Thomas Imray Lownds and I don’t want him to be forgotten.

First of all ( with a bit of help from Gigi) I cleared the grave and pulled out the weeds. We both got bitten by red ants, but we were disturbing their home!! Then we levelled the grave and put down some special plastic to try and stop the weeds coming through then we covered the grave with nice white pebbles and two pretty plants which I stood on some artificial grass. Because I live in London I can’t check on my grave every week so I hope it will be low
maintenance but still look nice. I can change the plants when I visit and want to plant daffodils for the Spring.

 

I am going to write all about it for a school project (Newton Preparatory) and hopefully get them involved too. I have chosen another grave to research because it has an interesting story and lots of history. I had a lot of fun in the graveyard and hope other people will too.”

Our Heritage Open Day next weekend promises an interesting and enjoyable day. Many thanks to all concerned who have worked hard to make the day a
success!

Etty’s article offers inspiration to all of us to consider how we might also join in with the ‘Adopt a Grave’ scheme. There are a number of new volunteers, along with Etty, who have also joined the scheme. We’d love to hear from all of you, about how you decided to get involved, and be part of looking after our beautiful ancient church yard. Thank you to our ‘Adopt a Grave’ recruits!

Thank you Shirley for finding this thoughtful piece!

When I say “I am a Christian” I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost! That’s why I chose this way”
When I say “I am a Christian” I don’t speak with human pride,
I’m confessing that I stumble,needing God to be my guide.

When I say “I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong,
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on.
When I say “I am a Christian” I’m not bragging of success,
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say “I am a Christian” I don’t think I know it all,
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught.
When I say “I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are all too visible, but God believes I’m worth it.

When I say “I am a Christian” I still feel the sting of pain,
I’ve had my share of heartache, which is why I seek His name.
When I say, “I am a Christian” I do not wish to judge,
I have no authority – I only know I’m loved.

Used by Permission Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

Climate Prayers and action ( From Tear Times Autumn 2021).

“Time and again we have seen God answer prayers in the face of seemingly impossible challenges. Ahead of of COP26 in November, please join us in praying for strong outcomes for the poorest countries in the world that are suffering the worst impacts of climate change”

To sign up for weekly climate focused prayer points to your phone text ‘PRAY’ to 07916874441.
Join with churches from the UK and round the world for a day of action on November 6th. More details at tearfund.org/cop26service

Little Lights, has re-established regular monthly meetings.

We meet next on 21st September at 9.30am. We look forward to welcoming more pre school children, their parents, aunties, grandparents and child minders to enjoy a morning of play and friendship in our ancient church building.

Early September marks the beginning of the autumn term, and a return to education for our children and their teachers. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from our local schools to our church, as life returns to normal patterns. This prayer, written by John Birch, celebrates the contribution that so many people make to the life of our children.

A prayer for our families

Prayers for our families – for parents, guardians and parents (faithandworship.com) John Birch

Bless the many people to whom we entrust the care of our children;
the babysitters, childminders, nursery workers, teachers,
doctors, nurses, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbours
who together will become part of an extended family
bringing love and laughter into the lives of both
parent and child.
Bless their contribution and the care that they give. Amen.

Thank you to all contributors to our news sheet!

Perhaps you have news you would like to share? It would be good to hear from you! The news sheet is shared via our church email distribution lists, and with our friends at our local first schools. If you know someone who would like to receive a copy each month, please let us know. Paper copies are available, at a small charge of £1, to cover costs.

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