A Message from the Vicarage  August 2021            

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,

August traditionally is quiet for church activity but we have had a great picnic at Stapleford which turned out to be a Picnic in the Pews due to the weather. Among lots of activity we, like many around Britain,  made boats to send to the leaders at the Glasgow climate summit with prayers for action. The Lambourne Picnic was Olympic themed , and, thanks to Martyn and Lucy, was great fun for all ages. Tea at the Vicarage welcomed the sun and seats outside whereas the Garage Sale took two attempts because of rain.

We celebrated with the baptisms of Arthur-John Hawkins at Lambourne on 1st and Alexander Whymark at Stapleford Abbotts on 15th.

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My main task this month is to thank the editors for the feature on the Lambourne Flower Festival. The photos and report show how much work goes into such events. We can report that joy of people being able to gather together was wonderful and we were able to bank £4756 towards the ever growing expenses of running the church.

Equally wonderful was the Festival of Flowers at Stapleford Abbotts later in July. Again a wonderful atmosphere and £3325 benefitting the church.

However, these wonderful events for the whole community depend on volunteers and much hard work. If they are to continue we need more people to join the team. Planning needs to start early and so we are inviting you to an open meeting for each church to explain how many and varied are the jobs that need doing. It is a wonderful atmosphere  but it would be so much better if you joined us.

The date for Stapleford Abbotts is Saturday October 2nd at 10.00am in church and for Lambourne it is Monday September 27th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Please join us and help ensure that the flower festivals can continue to be a part of the life of our villages.

 

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 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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