Weekly Newsletter

The Parish of St Augustine's with St Luke's
Sharing God's Love

Welcome to our latest weekly e-newsletter   

16th April 2021

 

Weekly Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The previous newsletter message was written before the news broke of the death of His Royal Highness Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. I expect that all week during this period of national mourning many of us have been reading about and hearing the various accounts of Prince Philip’s unique life. Whatever you have watched or heard there is the strong feeling that these were 99 years of great purpose which have had a lasting impact on the nation.

On Saturday at 3.00pm the royal funeral will take place, marked by a national minute’s silence (primarily at our doorsteps), then with millions of people watching the live ceremony. Maybe you will light a candle, say a prayer for the family and watch the service? What usually would be a vastly-attended funeral has the same 30-person restrictions as has been applied to the rest of the population who have mourned during this pandemic. It goes to remind us that this is an extremely difficult time for anyone to lose a loved one, the Queen being no exception.

But, whoever we mourn for, we are people with purpose and hope who believe that death is not the end! Having just celebrated Easter, we rejoice in the firm belief that Jesus Christ broke what we believe to be unbreakable chains of death. His resurrection has brought us new life, now and for eternity. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation…” (Romans 8.38-39)  And this is what gives us the 'boldness and fresh hope' that the disciples had!


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death, 
but for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for; 
with you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us to the light and peace of your presence, 
and set the glory of your love before us today: 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rev’d Steve Spencer (vicar) & Rev’d Rachel Winn (curate)

Please note: Rev Steve is away from Monday 12th April until Monday 19th April. In an emergency please call Rev Rachel on: 07311330202 or one of our Church Wardens: Hilary Chittock 07884195700 or Andrew Gurney 07789991445

 
 
This Sunday - 18th April - 3rd Sunday of Easter

Join us as we meet to worship together on Sunday morning at 10.00am
online, with the Zoom room opening from 9.45am, by clicking here.

If this link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
After the service, we’ll have the opportunity to break into groups for fellowship. 
The Zoom Service Sheet  can be found here.

Followed by 12.00 Midday a service of HOLY COMMUNION in St Augustine’s church.

(Please book in advance if you intend to join us for the Holy Communion. Contact curaterachel@yahoo.com
or ring on 07311330202)

Bible Reading: Zoom Service: Luke 24: 36b-48 
Bible reading: Holy Communion service: Luke 24: 36b-48  and Acts 3:12-19

Collect:

 Risen Christ, you filled your disciples 
with boldness and fresh hope: 
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life 
and fill us with your peace, 
to the glory of God the Father. Amen
 
Next week
Tuesday  20th April 11am -12 noon
Coffee and Chat on Zoom here

Wednesday 21st April 11.30am-12pm
Midweek prayer and reflection on Zoom here.

Thursday 22nd April at 1.30pm. Christine Sanger's funeral - see below

Sunday 10am

Service on Zoom. If your zoom link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here

12.00 Midday a service of HOLY COMMUNION in St Augustine’s church.

If your zoom link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
 
Dates for your diary

Christine Sanger's funeral will be taking place at St Augustine's Church on Thursday 22nd April at 1.30pm. As we are restricted to 30 people, invitations will come from the family. However the service will be on Zoom and the details will be on our Web Site under the tab marked "Funerals

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

'The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for St Augustine with St Luke will take place on Zoom on Saturday 8 May at 10.30 am. If you lead a group within the parish and you usually submit a report for the APCM, I would be grateful to receive a report from you by Friday 23rd April. Please send your report to johanna.gurney@btinternet.com

 
 
 
Parish News and Notices

Confirmation

We are so pleased that those who attended Confirmation classes in Autumn 2020 will be confirmed on Saturday 1st May, more details to follow in the weeks ahead. In the meantime please would you uphold in prayer all those who are taking this important step:

Christian Major
Iona Mitchell
Verity Mitchell
Pete Smee
Russell Speed
Sarah Speed

Lent to Pentecost Parish Prayer Walk

SHORT QUIZ:

Question: 1 Do you pray?

Question: 2 Can you walk the length of a small road?

If you have answered 'yes" to both questions then I would love to hear from you! There have been many roads already being prayed over but we still have more than half the parish to cover in prayer by Pentecost (Sunday 23rd May).

  • You can walk and pray alone
  • You can walk and pray with someone else (for a 'prayer friend' you might like to contact Hilary on: 07884195700)
  • You can pray as you like or use the attached PRAYER WALK GUIDE 

To sign up for the Parish Prayer Walk  please contact Rev’d Rachel Winn on 07311330202 or e-mail: curaterachel@yahoo.com

 
Charity and Community Updates 

Mwaikisabe Catechist House Appeal: Please see details on website

Bromley Foodbank 

Dear Foodbank Supporters,

Please continue to offer:

Desserts
Tinned Fruit
Tinned Vegetables
Tinned Fish
Cold Meat
UHT Milk
Long Life Fruit Juice
Toilet Rolls.       

Many thanks for your kindness and generosity.

Away Giving 2020

In 2020, St Augustine’s with St Luke’s donated £15,560 to various charities. Normally we put ‘thank you’ letters we receive on a notice board in church for people to read. Obviously, this year that has not been possible. So, if you would like to read the many letters we have received please click here.

Keep in touch

Though we are not able to meet in person at present, we certainly don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone. If you know anyone who might appreciate a call, do let us know by contacting the Vicar or emailing the Office.

We also have a prayer team and you can send in prayer requests for yourself or others. 

Lastly, if you know of someone who would like to receive our weekly newsletter, then forward this email to them and ask them to sign up here.

 

Love, prayers and the peace of the Lord Jesus be with you always.

 
The Office is now closed until further notice.

If you need assistance, you can contact Rev Steve Spencer on 020 8467 1351

Please send any suggestions or comments on this newsletter to
office@st-augustines.org.uk


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