A Message from St Mary the Virgin Church.

Stapleford Abbotts.

 

From the Revd. Canon Roger Gayler.

February  News Letter

Dear readers,

“ One more step along the world I go” as we enter a new year. But where are we heading? Does anyone know?

Does anyone care? We can paint a dark picture of climate change, economic uncertainty, rising poverty and we can go inside and lock the door and pretend nothing is happening. However, we know that whether we like it or not the world and every individual are on the move.

The question is are we being carried along in the tide or are we seeking to work out where we want to go and strive to get there.

In this 900th year of Lambourne parish we have set up a time line in church covering a few of the events of the last 9 centuries.

It is inspiring to realise that the church has stood there through all those events as a sign that God has been there in the past and will be with us into the future. So it is exciting that a happy band has started meeting to share in One more step I go, trying to discover the way forward for them. We are meeting at 4.00pm in the Vicarage on Sunday afternoons. The next two meetings are February 2nd and February 9th and it is not too late to join them. It could lead to the step of confirmation on Sunday March 8th at 6.00pm in Stapleford Abbotts Church.  

Another discovery possibility is the Lent Course on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Vicarage ( 1 The Poplars) starting on March 4th. In this age of celebrity and spin  it takes the theme Superstar from the musical. All are welcome for one or all of the sessions.

 

Events in the next few weeks include:-

Our next clean-up day on Saturday 8th February meeting at Abridge Village Hall. Note the earlier time to make the most of light and heat. Do join us to keep the litter at bay.

At Lambourne our next 2020 event is the marriage reunion on Sunday February 16th. There is a service at 11.15am followed by a reception at the Village Hall. It is open to everyone but please let anyone who has been married at St. Mary’s know of the event. Already it looks as though it will be quite a reunion.

 

The next Tea at the Vicarage is from 2.00pm on Tuesday February 18th. All are welcome.

 

We welcome a former child of the Vicarage, Robin Stevens, to preach at Lambourne on Sunday 23rd at 11.15am. The service will be followed by pancake races.

 

Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent, is on February 26th and we mark the day with a service at Stapleford Abbotts at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

 

The Friends of Lambourne  Quiz Night is on Friday 13th March from 7.30pm. More details next month

 

Blessings. Roger


The Vicarage

1, The Poplars

Abridge 

ESSEX

RM4 1BB
Tel: 01992 815838    

email: rogergayler@btinternet.com

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