A Message from the Vicarage June - July 2023
God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
God is always there to help us in times of trouble.
Following our fantastic Community Challenge on May 21st when eight teams of all ages competed, there are some follow up free Sunday afternoon activities.
Please check with the Lambourne Centre for Outdoor Learning if you are interested.
July, for the Anglican Churches, is dominated by the flower festivals. See posters in this edition. In order for them to be successful we need as many people to visit as we can fit in. We also need lots of help.
On the Wednesdays before both festivals (12th and 26th July) at 7.00pm we shall be setting up gazebos and the site. Then during the festivals we welcome as much help as we can get to share in running stalls, car parking and generally helping out. Then help is always needed clearing up on the Sunday afternoon.
We also welcome gifts of tombola and raffle prizes and good as new items. Please let me know on 01992 -523849 if you can help in any way.
We also have our cultural offerings with the St. Francis Hospice Choir Concert and Barbecue at Crossfire Concert at Stapleford Abbotts. Please on this link to see the posters .
In all this we need to keep up the maintenance of church and churchyard and our working parties continue on Saturdays from 10-12noon at Stapleford Abbotts on 1st and 15th July and Lambourne on 22nd.
Make the most of Tea at the Vicarage on Tuesday 11th at 2.00pm.
Finally our EcoChurch credentials are demonstrated with our Batwatch at 8.30pm On Wednesday 2nd at Lambourne and 16th at Stapleford Abbotts
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.
If anyone who struggles to get out would like a service and communion at home do let me know.
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.