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It has been very good to see you all again at our services after the Christmas break, and to be able to welcome the children from St Mary Abbots School back into the church for their weekly service.
In the Parish Office, we are looking ahead at all the exciting plans for this year and this week I am delighted to announce that the Bishop of Kensington, Rt Rev'd Dr Graham Tomlin, will be visiting the Church on the evening of Thursday 9th June 2022 for a Service of Confirmation. Eight preparations sessions will be held on Tuesdays evenings for adults and on Wednesdays after school for candidates under 16, starting on 8th/9th March 2022, running to the end of term and then continuing until half-term in the summer. We run our sessions together with St Philip’s, Earl’s Court Road, and the Revd Pippa Turner, their Vicar, will share with Fr Christopher and myself in leading the preparation. Sessions will probably be a mixture of Zoom with some in person meetings held at either SMA or St Philip’s.
If you are interested in Confirmation for yourself as an adult, or for your child, please do get in touch with either Fr Christopher or myself and we can give you full details. If you have already been confirmed earlier in life, but would like to join the sessions, and make an Affirmation of Faith during the Confirmation Service, you are also welcome to do so. If you have not yet been baptized, we can also arrange that as part of this journey.
Our Confirmation Service is always a high point of the church’s year, as we rejoice with candidates of all ages who wish to take the next step on their journey with God and affirm the vows made on their behalf at their baptism for themselves, receiving the gifts of the Spirit through the laying-on of the Bishop’s hands and anointing.
We are very glad to have welcomed Maxim and Harriet into God’s church through baptism last Sunday, and we look forward to further christenings on the second Sunday of each month (but not during Lent – 2nd March to 15th April). Please do get in touch with Leonora if you would like arrange a baptism during the year.
This Sunday we are very pleased to have the Revd Andy Roland as our guest preacher at our Choral Matins service at 11.15 am. Andy is a familiar figure at SMA, having taken midweek and 8 am services on many occasions and we look forward to his preaching this week. You can read more details of Andy’s work in our newsletter this week.
A reminder that our monthly Taizé Eucharist is at 5.30 pm this week, a gentle meditative evening service incorporating a number of well-known Taizé chants, during which everyone is offered the opportunity to light a candle for people or situations on their hearts as they pray. You are very welcome to join us.
As we enter this week of Christian Unity you are warmly invited to the Kensington Council of Churches and Churches Together 'Week of Christian Unity Service' on 20th January at which Father Christopher will be preaching! Hosted this year by the Rev’d Sally Rogers at the Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Street, London, W8 6BL the service starts at 7pm. Please email Chris if you would like to attend.
The week of prayer runs from 18th - 25th January and this year resources have been prepared by the Churches of the Middle East. For each daily reflection there will be a ‘go and do’ action point prepared by Christian Aid linking into their work to tackle poverty and injustice. To find out more or download resources HERE.
May the living waters of Christ cleanse us; may the Spirit descend upon us, and may the blessing of God be with us today and always, Amen [Common Worship Night Prayer for Epiphany]
With my love and prayers
13th January 2022
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