I am pleased to announce that Bishop Christopher has given formal approval to Peter Churcher joining us to serve his curacy. Peter, Josie, and the kids (Sophie, Faith, Izzy and Xander) will move to the area in June. Please pray for them as they prepare and all that comes with moving. Here’s a photo of ‘family Churcher’:
From 23 October to 10 December, I shall be taking a sabbatical break.
All vicars are encouraged to do this at certain intervals to recharge spiritually, mentally and physically, and find space to reflect and pray. There might just be a little bit of surfing involved in my case as well.
My absence has been planned carefully with the wardens and cover have been provided for all the usual parish activities. Richard and Jonathan will be responsible for the overall well-being of the church, in the same way they would be if the church was in a vacancy. If there are any concerns with buildings, programmes or other general, church-related issues then please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org (020 8462 1737) or email@example.com (020 8462 1573)
Nick Lang will be the first point of contact for any matters of a pastoral or personal spiritual nature and he is happy to be contacted at any time on firstname.lastname@example.org (020 8650 6151).
Next Sunday at 3pm we are hosting a Thanksgiving Memorial Service for anyone who has been bereaved in the recent past.
People from our community who have been through a funeral in the last year have been invited along, but the invitation extends to anyone who wants to remember and give thanks for the life of a loved one, no matter when they may have passed away.
Please let friends or neighbours who may find it helpful know, and if they are unable to make it, they can provide the name of the person they wish to be remembered and it will be included as part of the service. Tea and cakes will be provided afterwards.
If you are interested in coming along, please let Sue Watson or Maureen Lang know. Thank you.
Harvest is rightly a time to celebrate and give thanks for all that God provides to us. Reflecting on the abundance we have, also prompts us to consider how in turn, we can be generous. Perhaps this year more than ever, we are mindful of many families who are displaced and face uncertain futures. We’ve been pointing you to avenues to explore in response to the ‘refugee crisis’, but today there are some specific things we’ll be doing:
- Taking a collection of non-perishable foods and/or clothing (Men’s clothes – small/medium & women’s clothes size 10-12) for the Croydon Refugee Day Centre; and
- Taking a money collection for the work of ‘Open Doors’ and ‘The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East’ – 2 organisations that are helping Christians in the Middle East who have been driven out of their homes, under threat, because of their faith.