This coming Sunday will be our celebration of Harvest Thanksgiving, and we look forward very much to welcoming you to church as we give thanks for all God’s gifts to us in creation. The 9.30 am service will be our Family Eucharist, with children reading, praying, welcoming, serving and singing, and we shall begin with a procession of the gifts which people bring to donate to our regular Harvest charity, the Upper Room. The Upper Room provides hot meals and a foodbank alongside support and advice to those in need, and your generosity is hugely appreciated. This morning saw St Mary Abbots School bringing their donations at their own Harvest Service, and we hope very much to add those of our church community on Sunday. The list of items needed may be found HERE. If you are unable to donate goods, but would like to make a financial contribution, please mark the envelope “Upper Room” and we will add it to our donation.
The second excitement and opportunity for sharing in God’s work of care and compassion this week is the Glass Door Sleep Out! We now have a team of five people, who will be sleeping out in Duke of York Square, to raise money for Glass Door’s homeless shelters which will open shortly for the winter. If you have not yet sponsored our team of sleepers, it would be wonderful if you could consider making a donation HERE. We very much hope to be able to invite representatives from both these charities to speak to us in the months ahead about the way in which our donations are used, and perhaps hear some feedback from the sleepers themselves!
Please keep an eye on the 'what is on' page of our website for further events coming up; these include a Victorian Society talk on 10th October and a symposium led by the Revd Andy Roland on prayer in different faiths on 24th October.
Looking ahead, the beginning of next month will see our All Souls’ Service at 5.30 pm on 5th November, when we remember all those whom we have loved, but who have passed ahead of us into God’s safekeeping. Forms will be going up over the next couple of weeks, but please do save the date, and look out for the opportunity to add any names you would like to be read out.
You will have seen considerable progress on the South Door ramp; there is now a short pause as the original flagstones are re-cut off site to fit the top of the ramp before they can be laid, but we are assured it will be completed in time for Remembrance Sunday!
O Lord, you crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty. May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness and the hills be girded with joy. May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep and the valleys stand so thick with corn that they shall laugh and sing. [Psalm 65, verses 11-13]
With my love and prayers
28th September 2023
Virtual Donation Plate
If you would like to make a donation during our services, or at any time, we have set up an online virtual collection plate below.
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