From the Rector - 26th July

Dear Friends


Hope you enjoyed this morning service either from St Peter’s or online. You can find Matt's sermon here.


This was Matt's last Sunday with us, he has been a superb MES worker and it has been a real joy to work with him this past 10 months and I am truly grateful for the quiet spiritual strength he has brought to our team, and the sterling work he has undertaken in helping us to focus our ministry to the marginalised and the poor. Matt will be greatly missed by us all, a massive thank you for all he has done for us and we wish both Matt and Hannah all the best for the future, please do hold them in your prayers.


August sees the next change in our Worship Pattern: From Sunday 2nd there will be a service in the north of the Benefice at St Peter’s and in the south at St Michael’s both at 10am on a Sunday morning. From this date there will also be a ‘Midweek Communion’ at St James on Wednesday at 9.30am and at All Saints Wednesdays at 11am. The churches will be open for Private Prayer and reflection at the following times: St Michael’s Wednesday 10.30 am to 12.30, St Peters Wednesday 2pm to 4pm, St James Saturday 10.00 to Noon and All Saints Wednesday morning 9.30 to 11am. On Sunday 9th August there will be an Open-air Family Service at St James Iron Acton at 3pm, please do join us for that one.


From 2nd August and for the foreseeable, there will continue to be a service on line, this will be a recording of one of the morning services from across the Benefice (which in August will be from St Michael’s as we get used to using the equipment) and will be available to be viewed hopefully from 3pm each Sunday afternoon here.


As I have said before we want to ensure that everyone feels a full part of our ‘Worshipping Community’ on the Fromeside, especially those of you who are shielding or who do not feel ready to join a congregation on a Sunday morning just yet.


There will be further changes in September, I will share these details with you later in August when everything is finalised.


Finally, those of you who are interested in our ‘Walking Buddies Scheme’, we will be holding our first group walk on Saturday 8th August meeting at St Michael's at 10am, equally if you would like one of the Walk Buddies to go out for a short stroll with you at any time, or walk with you to say the shops then please let me know and I will pair you up with one of the team. Equally, if you or anyone you know would like a Garden Visit from me or one of the Pastoral Team or perhaps a chat with one of our ’Trained Listeners’ then please do contact either Jo or myself on 01454 7755289 or Kathryn in the Parish Office and we will arrange for one of us to call. 


God Bless, Take Care and Keep Safe


Fr Malcolm