A Message from the Vicarage  October - November 2022            

God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
     God is always there to help us in times of trouble.
Psalm 46:1

Dear readers,

Elsewhere we talk of the importance of remembering and certainly this year there has been a lot to remember and much, but certainly not all,  was unpleasant. November is the remembering month and it ends with the last Sunday being the first Sunday of Advent and the season of hope.

 

But the Sunday before we celebrate Christ the King (at Lambourne at 11.15am and Stapleford Abbotts at 4.00pm. Much as we have remembered the Queen being a constant in all our lives on Sunday 20th we remember that God is constant and Christ is King in, through and with all the ups and downs of world , national and personal life.

The 20th is also The Christmas Market at Stapleford Abbotts Village Hall from 10:00am-2:00pm.

A great occasion in anticipation of the season ahead. Do join us.

 

Singing is a great part of life and, as Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir has shown, very beneficial. The choir at Stapleford Abbotts has grown recently but there is still room for more. At Lambourne it is our continual hope that we can bring back the choir starting with you perhaps. Other chances to sing are at the Big Christmas Sing

( see poster) and the switching on of the lights at Abridge on 27th at 4.00pm when we will be singing carols along with the band.   

On a more sombre note, whatever the government do or do not do in the next few weeks this winter is going to be very difficult for so many people.

Let us be aware and look out for people we may be struggling. If we are finding it hard don’t be ashamed to talk about it. Please support one another and let us have pride in the skills of our residents, the cleanliness of our streets, and the way we care for one another.

Blessings. Roger

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 rogergayler@btinternet.com 
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.

Roger Gayler. 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                  

                                                                    

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