A Message from the Vicarage December 2021
God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
God is always there to help us in times of trouble.
By the time you read this the funeral of John Filby will have taken place, but he will live long in the memory of individuals and the community. All the recollections will be of a positive, cheerful, faithful person who lived life with a “yes we can” attitude. There will be many tributes. May the church just add our thanks for all John gave to the life of the Church as worshipper, church council member and an active part of the Friends of Lambourne and Churchyard Committee.
Together we all have to ensure that his legacy is not lost and his work carries on not least in the church. It will need many people to step up to fill the gaps. Rest in Peace, John.
As we approach the Christmas season the services are all detailed here on this link. Do join us whenever you can. Remember we are happy to bring a service into the homes of those who are unable to get out. That includes coming to the home or for people to link into our Zoomed activities. That includes our Prism magazine at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th January and our services on Fridays 10th December and 14th January at 7.00pm Just ask me for the link.
Looking back, our picture shows the preparation for Stapleford Abbotts’ Christmas market in November. We thank all those who helped and those who came in an event that was enjoyed by all and where we raised a record amount of money. On November 21st we dedicated a new white altar frontal, chancel kneelers, and pew cushions for the choir stalls in memory of Bernard Shingleton and Kay Pearce.
For those into Yoga or who think they might like to be there are three yoga retreats coming up on Saturday afternoons. The first from 3- 6.30pm at Lambourne Centre on December 11th and the others at Abridge Village Hall from 3-6.00pm on January 8th and February 5th. I will pass on the names of anyone interested.
For this Christmas season we embrace the themes of hope and peace and with those in mind may we wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a hopeful New Year.
Each Wednesday there is a session at All Saints called De-stress Wednesday starting from 7.00pm.
We now, working in partnership with St. Mary’s, Loughton a recycling collection point for empty crisp packets, spectacles, toothbrushes, biros and felt pens and blister packs.
The Church remains open, thanks to Liz. It is good to feel that prayer is being offered at church over this period so do use the quiet of church and churchyard. If you are in church, can you please also sign the visitors’ book which is all part of the government’s test and trace policy.
Stuff for the foodbank can be left in church and Derek H. or I will deliver it to Collier Row each Friday.
You can continue to get your Traidcraft goods direct from church. In addition, there are the preserves and cards.
May we remind you that the bookstall at the back of church has books to borrow. Please help yourself.
A reminder for those wanting to give through the Parish Giving Scheme the direct line is 0333 002 1271 and our reference is 080608040. The annual accounts show that our income has fallen dramatically over the past year with no services, events, or fundraising. Please remember the church as you navigate your way through your financial situation.
Finally, if you do know of anyone who is in need of a phone call, shopping or any other form of help, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us:
Roger Gayler - 01992 815 838 - email firstname.lastname@example.org or use this contact link.
God has called us to be his church in the community ‘for such a time as this’.
With our prayers
All the church at Stapleford Abbotts.
Blessings and keep in touch with each other.
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