17 September 2021

Dear friends,


Thought for the week

There have been a number of moments this week where little steps back to normality appeared, and perhaps caught us a bit by surprise.  It’ll be different things for different people!  Your church council met for the first time in person since early 2020 and found we could still talk to each other without the internet!  We used hymn books for the first time in eighteen months.  We welcomed the younger children from our school back to church for assembly – some of them not having ever been in church during their first year and a bit at school.  Along with the return of some of our weekly groups like Thursdays at Ten and the 3 Cs, and our toddler group coming back into the Hall, it’s been good to see people of all ages and interests around the church and hall.

Alongside these steps towards normality, of course, there remain a range of different thoughts and feelings, different responses to the opening up of different areas of life.  In some ways, the national lockdowns were easier as we all just had to do what we were told!  We are so grateful for everyone’s patience and sensitivity towards each other during the past eighteen months as we have navigated the pandemic.  We pray for those making difficult decisions about vaccine distribution, health and care services, and how to plan the work of public services and businesses.  With continued goodwill and sensitivity, and trusting in God who is our hope and strength and guide, we pray that we can navigate the next few months together.


This week

Sunday 19th September
10am: Parish Communion
Readings: Wisdom of Solomon 1.16-2.1, 12-22; Mark 9.30-37

10am: Children’s Church in the Church Hall

12 noon: Baptism Service

4pm: [email protected] in Church

6.30pm: Reflective Communion.
Reading: Matthew 8.23-34


Monday 20th September
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

2.30pm: Memorial service for Joan Rumsey

Tuesday 21st September
9am: Morning Prayer in Church

Wednesday 22nd September
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

10.15am: Tots and Teddies in Church followed by refreshments and play in the Hall

2pm: Funeral of John Foley-Fisher

Thursday 23rd September
9am: Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 24th September
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom

11am: Funeral of David Kichenside

2pm: Funeral of Grace Uren

Sunday 26th September
10am: Parish Communion
Readings: Esther 7.1-6, 9, 10; 9.20-22; Mark 9.38-50

10am: Children’s Church in the Church Hall

12 noon: Baptism Service

 4pm: [email protected] in Church

6.30pm: Evensong
Readings: Psalm 12; Exodus 24; Matthew 9.1-8

Harvest Festival

We will mark Harvest Festival with a Bread & Wine service on Sunday 3rd October.  More details in next week’s update.

Children’s Church

Children’s Church is back!  Please could children bring their own pens/pencils, and for the younger group, a picnic blanket to sit on.  We’re meeting at 10am until roughly 10.45.  At the moment we’re starting and finishing in the hall (rather than coming into church).  There’s an upstairs group, for children in school years 3-6, and a downstairs group for younger children who need to be accompanied by a parent/carer.  Do contact Hannah for more information.  If you would be interested in helping with Children’s Church, with our afternoon Bible Explorers group (for children aged 9 and above) or with a new group we hope to start for children at secondary school, please contact Hannah.

Tots and Teddies

It’s been a real joy to see our toddlers able to play again in the Church Hall and to offer parents and carers refreshments!  Tots and Teddies meets on Wednesday at 10.15am in Church and we’re delighted that we’ll be able to move across to the Hall afterwards for snacks, drinks, craft and playing.  This group is open to all 0-4 year olds, with parents/carers and we’re always glad to see new faces.  Tots and Teddies have their own Facebook page here.

3 Cs / Thursday at Ten

It was great to see such good groups gathered last Thursday morning and last Wednesday afternoon, a chance for meeting and conversation after such a long gap.  Thanks to Mary, Elaine, Rosemary, and the teams for organising it all!


John Foley-Fisher

We are sad that John Foley-Fisher, a longstanding member of our congregation, died recently.  Please keep the family in your prayers.  All are invited to the Funeral Service at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd September in Church, which will be followed by a private committal.

Joan Rumsey

A memorial service for Joan will be held in church on Monday 20th September at 2.30pm, all welcome.

Confirmation Service

We are hoping that Bishop Olivia will be with us to lead our 10am service on Sunday 31st October, when several of our congregation will make their formal declaration of Christian faith and commitment and be confirmed.  If anyone might be interested in finding out more about confirmation (no obligation!), please speak to Hannah, and please pray for those preparing to be confirmed.


Anna’s Visit

Our Church Mission Society mission partner, Anna Sims, who works with vulnerable women in Peru, hopes to be in the United Kingdom later this autumn.  We hope she will be in church on Advent Sunday 27th November and also if possible visiting school during her time here.  Do continue to pray for Anna and her work, and you can find out more about it by looking at the website or speaking with Hilary or Brian Wynn.  You can even see some of the lockdown quilts Anna has been making here!

Friends of Amani Tanzania

This organisation, which supports economically deprived communities in Tanzania, is holding a talk in our church hall on 1st October at 7.30pm. Everybody is warmly invited to hear about its work among those disadvantaged by disability, poverty and albinism. Free entry, traditional Tanzanian food and soft drinks! If you would like to attend, please contact Bridget Green ([email protected] / 07711 384 672).

Prayer Points

In your prayers please remember:

  • the Government and all those in authority as they make difficult decisions about our nation’s life;
  • Anna Sims and her important work in Peru;
  • those in care homes and hospitals and those who care for them;
  • the staff at our church school after a visit from Ofsted this week;
  • those who are sick or mourning, among them the family and friends of John Foley-Fisher, Grace Uren and David Kichenside.


Prayer for the week

May it please the supreme and divine Goodness to give us all abundant grace

ever to know his most holy will and perfectly to fulfil it.

Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

With greetings and prayers for the autumn months,

Hannah and Philip