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First of all, some very joyful news for our church community, as Mother Alice and her husband, Cain, are delighted to announce the arrival of baby Theodore Michael Ormondroyd, born on 22nd September, at 1.07am, weighing 7lbs 5oz. Our love and prayers are with Mother Alice and her family at this time! The Ormondroyds are very thankful for all your prayers and good wishes over recent weeks and have felt very supported by the SMA family. Following Theo’s arrival, they are spending some quiet family time together, but any messages etc will be safely passed on via the Parish Office, and we look forward very much to meeting Theo in due course.
Next, huge thanks once again to all those who have donated or volunteered to help our newly arrived Afghan neighbours. As decisions are being taken by all those involved about the most practical ways in which we can help, Fr Christopher asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone who has contacted him, but to say he will be in touch as soon as the most urgent priorities have been established.
Meanwhile, the Glass Door sleepout is now on almost upon us – Friday 1st October! Our wonderful team of four have already raised over £2,000 in sponsorship, thanks to the generosity of friends, family and members of the parish, and they now have £2,500 in their sights! Every penny goes towards the running of the local winter night shelters and support for the homeless in this area, so if you are wondering about sponsoring them, please help them reach (or exceed!) their new target by visiting their page HERE.
And finally – Sunday 3rd October will be our Harvest Thanksgiving, as we give thanks to God for all the many ways in which he has blessed us, and think about ways we may consider sharing those gifts with others. Our Harvest offerings will once again be donated this year to the Upper Room, who prepare cooked meals for those in need. A full list of items required can be found here in the newsletter HERE or up on posters in church. Please do join us if you possibly can, to join together in thanksgiving and generosity.
Lord, you are ever watchful and bless us with your gifts; as you provide for all our needs, so help us to build only what pleases you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen [Common Worship Daily Prayer: response to Psalm 127]
With my love and prayers,
24th September 2021
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