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

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    A message from Steve, our Vicar

    I would like to say a formal welcome to Rachel and her family as she joins us here at St Augustine’s with St Luke’s as our Curate. Even though we live in challenging times I am positive that Rachel’s time here with us will be exciting and fruitful not just for her, but also as she ministers to us. The role of a Curate is to experience all forms of ministry within the church and the community, I know that you will help me in this wonderful opportunity of seeing a ministry grow as she explores what God maybe calling of her in the future. Although we cannot have a big celebration at this moment in time, I look forward to the day when we can gather in prayer, praise, worship and celebration.

    Below is a prayer Bishop James will say over all those being ordained Deacon on Saturday. 
    Through your Spirit, heavenly Father,
    give these your servants grace and power to fulfil their ministry.
    Make them faithful to serve and constant
    in advancing your gospel in the world.
    May they follow the example of Jesus Christ your Son, 
    who washed the feet of his disciples, 
    and set the needs of others before his own.
    May their life be disciplined and holy,
    their words declare your love and their actions reveal your glory, 
    that your people may walk with them in the way of truth 
    and be made ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; 
    to whom, with you and your Holy Spirit, 
    belong glory and honour, worship and praise, now and for ever.
    Amen.

    You can follow Rachel's ordination service live on the Diocesan Facebook Page at 11am Saturday.  No Facebook account required.

     
    This Sunday - 27th September - 16th 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:  Matthew 20: 1-16
    Bible Reading: Matthew 21 v 23-32

    Collect
    Lord of creation,
    whose glory is around and within us:
    open our eyes to your wonders,
    that we may serve you with reverence
    and know your peace at our lives’ end,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

    Wednesday 30th September 7.30pm
    Bits and Pieces via zoom, by clicking here  or ID: 876 9827 8750 Passcode: craft
    This month we will be making paper flowers. You will need paper, scissors, glue and a little bit of patience. 

    Saturday 17th October 10.30am 
    Annual Parochial Church Meeting at St Augustine's Church
     
     
    Connect Online

    Diocese Reflection
    This week's diocese reflection comes from The Very Rev Dr Philip Hesketh, Dean of Rochester Cathedral who considers the nature of the authority Jesus models, in the Gospel reading for this Sunday.

    Ordinations 2020
    A former children's nurse, founder of a charity, ukelele player and barrister, are among the 21 men and women who will be ordained as deacons and priests in the Diocese this weekend (26 and 27 September). Due to pandemic restrictions, numbers able to attend the services are very much reduced. However, as in previous years, each service will be live streamed, particularly to allow friends and family unable to attend to be part of this special occasion. 
    To meet the ordinands (including 2 very familiar faces Rachel Winn and Jenny Warrington) and to find out how to view the services, click here.

    Kondoa News

    On Sunday 20th September, a confirmation service was held at Kondoa Cathedral. See a lovely video  (click on first photo) here including Bishop Given's dancing skills!! 

     
    Parish News and Notices

    Donations by Cheque 
    If you previously donated via the collection plate or envelopes, and would like to bring your 2020 giving up-to-date by cheque rather than electronically, David our Treasurer will be pleased to receive them, as he is planning a visit to the bank in early October. Cheques are payable to St Augustine's with St Luke's. Place your cheque in an envelope for the attention of the Treasurer and pop it into the post box by the Church front doors before 1st October.

    Reports for APCM
    If you are a group leader and normally write a report of activities for the APCM, could you please ensure these are sent to Johanna Gurney (PCC Secretary) by Friday 2nd October. Johanna can be contacted via email johanna.gurney@btinternet.com or phone 020 8467 9587. 

    Private Prayer
    The Vicar and Churchwardens regret the church will no longer be open for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays. This is due to persons unknown entering our rooms, toilets and kitchens in a non secure COVID-19 manner during the time the church is open. Having recently opened our rooms for hire again, it is essential to protect these groups who are legitimately using our premises.

    Virtual Great South Run
    Liz Carter is taking part in the Virtual Great South Run (10 miles) on 18 October 2020 and running at least 25 times between 1 September and 18 October as part of the challenge. She is hoping to raise much-needed funds for the Mothers’ Union at the same time. See Liz’s Just Giving page  or her Facebook page. If you prefer, cheques should be made out to ‘The Mothers’ Union’ and put through her door. Liz says thank you to everyone.

    Knitting Continues
    Thank you to everyone who have been knitting squares for Tanzania over the last year. Due to the success of this, we have now found another charity outlet for blankets - Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL). If you wish to knit more squares, Sue Goodger and Tanya Wardley will be pleased to receive them. They can dropped off at Tanya's house, 13 Ringmer Way or at the back of the Church.

    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):

    Traidcraft
    The new Traidcraft catalogue is now available on their website. Please contact Mark Gill via email mark.gill19@btinternet.com for delivery and payment options. He also has a special offer on pasta (£2 or 2 for £3) due to a short best before date.

     
    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.

     

    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

     

     
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    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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