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    St Augustine's with St Luke's, Bromley Common

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    Weekly Message 

    A message from Steve, our Vicar

    Dear all,
    After much prayer I have decided that the APCM this Saturday 17th October will have to be changed to a Zoom meeting. Although we could probably get away with doing it in person, I feel that given the current restrictions many are facing, we need to keep with the spirit of what the government is trying to achieve in restricting the spread of this virus.

    I know that this is not ideal and will be disappointing for some, but I sincerely feel it is the right course of action given the situation the whole country now faces.

    The time will remain the same at 10.30am; just join Zoom as you would usually do, by clicking here.
    If this link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.

    Revd Steve Spencer, Vicar
     

    A message from Rachel, our Curate

    To my family in Christ,

    When teaching about striving first for the Kingdom of God, Jesus concluded with these words:

     “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34, NRSV)

    It is extremely hard to plan for anything right now, isn’t it? Currently we may be able to meet up in a group of six but this could change abruptly if we enter into another period of national Lockdown. At a time when many of us might usually be starting to plan who we will spend Christmas with, now we just have to wait patiently to see what we will be allowed to do come December.

    If you are like me you may feel frustrated. I like to plan things well in advance and know all the details! I was guilty of planning the next event almost before the current one had finished. At times it can be difficult to ‘live in the moment’, to really appreciate what we are doing or who we are with right now. We may always be focussed on the next event - or reminiscing about a past one - and in doing so we miss the beauty of what is happening today.

    Perhaps we could look on the pandemic restrictions as an opportunity to live in the present moment, to take one day at a time and reflect on each good thing that we experience in a day. It is good to become completely absorbed in an activity, or in another person’s company; this is how we demonstrate that we appreciate God’s many blessings and that we value each other.

    And whilst we learn to ‘live in the moment’ God is working in the midst of this global crisis. He is creating ‘beauty from ashes’ here and now, in all of these circumstances, in ways which one day will bring him glory.

    Prayer:

    Eternal God,
    Our beginning and our end,
    Accompany us in this day’s journey.
    Dawn on our darkness,
    Open our eyes to praise you for your creation
    And to see the work you set before us today.
    Take us and use us 
    to bring to others the new life you give in Jesus Christ our Lord,

    Amen.

     
     
    This Sunday - 19th Sunday after Trinity
    Join us as we meet to worship together on Sunday morning 
    either
    9am at St Augustine's Church for a Said Communion
    or 
    10am online, with the Zoom room opening from 9.45am, by clicking here.
    If this link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
    After the service, we’ll have the opportunity to break into groups for fellowship. 
    The Zoom Service Sheet  can be found here.

    Reading:  

    Bible Reading: Luke 10: 1-9

    Collect:

    Almighty God,
    You called Luke the physician,
    Whose praise is in the gospel
    To be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
    By the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
    Give your church the same love and power to heal;
    Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
    Who is alive and reigns with you,
    In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    One God now and forever. Amen

     
    Next week
    Wednesday 11.30am-12pm
    Midweek prayer and reflection on Zoom here.

    Sunday 9am 
    Said Communion at St Augustine's Church
    Please book via the vicar on 020 8467 1351 or revsteve.spencer@btinternet.com.

    Sunday 10am
    Service on Zoom.
    If your zoom link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
     
    Dates for your diary

    Saturday 17th October 10.30am 

    Annual Parochial Church Meeting via Zoom as indicated at the top of this newsletter.

    Tuesday 20th October 11am - Noon
    Coffee and Chat on Zoom - click here
    If this link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
     
    Saturday 14th November 7pm
    Tearfund Big Quiz Night Online

     
     
    Connect Online

    Diocese Reflection

    This week's diocese reflection comes from The Rev Canon Jeremy Blunden, Rector of St George's Beckenham and Bishop's Advisor for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic.

    In the temple courtyard the Pharisees are confident that they have found the perfect 'gotcha' question for Jesus. But his answer challenges us to speak to power, to speak into the Church itself and not remain silent, no matter what might be revealed.

     
    Parish News and Notices

    Coffee & Chat on Tuesdays
    Have you enjoyed out chat rooms on Sundays?  Let’s chat again on Tuesday’s, starting this week 20th October from 11am until 12 noon in the Church's zoom room. Everyone welcome - online or by phone. Joining instructions are exactly the same as for our Sunday services and can also be found in the Next Week section above.

    Tearfund Big Quiz night
    On Saturday 14 November at 7pm, Lucy Adcock will be hosting this online quiz. All welcome - individuals, families, friends, neighbours, and is an opportunity to join with other churches & communities across the UK. More details will follow, but for now please book the date in your diary.

    Confirmation
    Have you been Confirmed!? Now is your opportunity. We will be running a 4-week conformation course in November. If you are interested please call either Steve, Verity or Rachel.

    Keep us informed 
    Although these are difficult times, if you have any notices, news, events etc which may be suitable for this newsletter, do let us know by emailing office@st-augustines.org.uk.

     
     
    Charity and Community Updates 

    Bromley Foodbank

    Bromley Foodbank needs our support more than ever. You can donate items via the black box outside the vicarage. Current items of need can be found here (on right hand side of web page)

     
    Keep in touch
    Though we are not able to meet in person at present, we certainly don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone. If you know anyone who might appreciate a call, do let us know by contacting the Vicar or emailing the Office.

    We also have a prayer team and you can send in prayer requests for yourself or others. 

    Lastly, if you know of someone who would like to receive our weekly newsletter, then forward this email to them and ask them to sign up here.
     
     
     

    Love, prayers and the peace of the Lord Jesus be with you always.

     
    The Office is now closed until further notice.

    If you need assistance, you can contact Rev Steve Spencer on 020 8467 1351

    Please send any suggestions or comments on this newsletter to
    office@st-augustines.org.uk


     You can find further information on our Website and Facebook Page


     

    If you wish to donate our bank details are 20-14-33  20772100.
    Payee Account Name 
    THE PCC OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF ST AUGUSTINES WITH ST LUKES BROMLEY



    Alternatively you can give via credit or debit card on our Online Web Page

     

     
     
     

    St Augustine's Church, St Luke's Church, St Luke's Hall and the Office
    are now closed until further notice.

    If you need assistance, you can contact Rev Steve Spencer on 020 8467 1351

    Please send any suggestions or comments on this newsletter to
    office@st-augustines.org.uk

     You can find further information on our  Facebook Page

    If you wish to donate our bank details are 20-14-33  20772100.
    Payee Account Name 
    THE PCC OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF ST AUGUSTINES WITH ST LUKES BROMLEY

    Alternatively you can give via credit or debit card on our Online Web Page

     

     
    Copyright © 2020 St Augustine's with St Luke's, All rights reserved.

     

    SAFEGUARDING

    As a church we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and we are committed to ensuring our church and hall buildings are safe places for all.  If you have any concerns about safeguarding you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Helen Scothern - tel: 07909824099 

    This website has a section entitled Safeguarding,  click here to see it. 

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