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Dear Church Family friends,

I do hope that you have had a good summer. As I write, the sun is shining and the sky is blue, perhaps to make up for the wind, rain and grey skies of quite a bit of August!!

What a month I have had! I have been celebrating my 60th Birthday and was hugely surprised and thrilled when a party was organised for me after church. Thank you so much to those who made secret arrangements for this; and to all those who gave cards and gifts.

We also had the joy of spending a week with our children in the now classic “staycation”. On day trips we explored Wisley’s new Hilltop Centre, the beach at West Wittering, walks to Waverley Abbey and Caesar’s Camp, a wonderful lunchtime tasting menu meal near Reading and breakfast with our new neighbours at The Bears Café. The final two days (I know we did string things out a bit!) included lunch in London with very old friends and a day in the lanes of Sussex with the top down in a little red sports car. All great fun!

Now the new term is here.

Public Worship

The PCC has made the following decisions in terms of our next steps. These guidelines will be reviewed next month.

  1. “Masks on the move” – we ask, please, for the sake of those who are still cautious, that we wear masks when we are moving about in the church building.
  2. Masks should still be worn when we sing.
  3. Masks can be removed when we are seated.
  4. We will review this decision at the start of October, with a view to relaxing the guidelines further then, possibly creating an area in church specifically for those wearing masks and for those not.

Here is the programme for September

Sunday 12 September

  • 9.30am Prayers in the Blue Room, in the Pavilions
  • 10am  Morning Service
  • 6.30pm Evening Service

Sunday 19 September

  • 8am Holy Communion
  • 9.30am Prayers in the Blue Room, in the Pavilions
  • 10am  Morning Service
  • 6pm Confirmation Service with Bishop Jo at St John’s Church, Hale.

There will be no Evening Service here

 Sunday 26 September

  • 9.30am Prayers in the Blue Room, in the Pavilions
  • 10am  Morning Service
  • 11.30am Q and A with the Archbishop of Canterbury

at More House School, Frensham – tickets must be pre-booked

  • 6.30pm Evening Service

Sunday 3 October

  • 8.00am Holy Communion
  • 9.30am Prayers in the Blue Room, in the Pavilions
  • 10am  Morning Service – Harvest Festival
  • 11.30am Morning Service – Harvest Festival followed by auction of produce for Foodbank, at St Francis’ Hall.
  • 6.30pm Evening Service – Informal Communion

 

Dates for your diary:

Sunday 26 September: Josey’s last Sunday with us. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift, please do so via the office in an envelope marked clearly “For Josey”.

Saturday 2 October: Congregational Conversation from 9am to 12noon in church. All welcome.

w/beg 4 October: The Alpha Course. The new Alpha Course will begin. Do be thinking of people you could invite.

Sunday 14 November at 6.30pm: Service for those who have been bereaved

Each Week

St Andrew’s Church is open for private prayer from early morning until 5pm.

  • Mondays 8am                Morning Prayer in church
  • Tuesdays 11.30               Holy Communion in church
  • Wednesdays 10am           Breathe – all welcome for coffee and conversation
  • Thursdays 7.30pm                Youth Group

 

And finally …

Psalm 119 Confidence in the Law of the Lord

49 Remember your promise to me, your servant;
    it has given me hope.
50 Even in my suffering I was comforted
    because your promise gave me life

It has been lovely to host a series of small gatherings over the summer months. We shall schedule some more for September. Please don’t worry: you have not missed out! We looked back together over the COVID months in terms of thanksgiving and lament. We began to look forward also to resourcing our recovery phase and to our resetting of priorities and plans.

Psalm 119 is the longest in the Bible. In every verse it speaks of God’s law, his commandments. Here the word promise occurs twice. What a great reminder that whatever is going on in the world, in our country, in our own situations and circumstances, God’s promise holds firm and give us both hope and life. He is the one who, even in our suffering, brings comfort and who makes hope his daily gift.

Here is a prayer for us all …

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide,

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

At home:

Kathryn joins me in assuring you of our continuing thoughts and prayers.

With all good wishes, as ever,  

David                                                                                                1 September 2021