A Message from the Vicarage January - February 2024
God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
God is always there to help us in times of trouble.
Firstly may we wish you every blessing for the New Year.
As 2024 stretches before us we get back into stride.
Our working parties to maintain church and churchyard are vital.
Stapleford Abbotts has two a month starting on March 2nd. Lambourne is from 10-12noon on the fourth Saturday of the month the next being February 24th.
Do help as and when you can.
We will soon be into Lent as Martyn mentions. Our Ash Wednesday service is at 7.00pm on February 14th At Stapleford Abbotts
Our Lent Course will be on Zoom or at a hub at the Vicarage starting on Wednesday 21st February starting at 7.30pm and run for four Wednesdays. Please ask for the link.
Events coming up are all in the diary page. Please do try to support them.
Looking further ahead Stapleford Abbotts has a Flower Festival preparatory meeting at 2.00pm, All are welcome as we try to build a team for the great variety of jobs that a festival takes.
Wishes for 2024 a water supply for Lambourne, funding and permission to put in a toilet at Stapleford Abbotts, a choir for Lambourne and peace on earth!
Traidcraft ceasing trading we hope to keep the shop table open with jams and chutneys and anything else we can sell to keep our Eco Church credentials flying. Freda has added chocolate and tea with all the right credentials.
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.