Weekly Newsletter

The Parish of St Augustine's with St Luke's
Sharing God's Love
 
 

 

Weekly Message Friday 17th Sept

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Saturday we look forward to the ordination of Rev'd Rachel Winn to the priesthood at Rochester Cathedral by Bishop Simon. Rachel and her family have been with us for just over one year in her role as Deacon (which means to serve) in that time I think you will all agree with me that she has made an amazing impact in the life of this parish. Her role as Deacon as with any Priest remains fundamental to her calling, and her new role as Priest will cement what God is calling her to be. There is a limit on how many people are able to attend the service so it will be live streamed on the Rochester Diocese link:

https://www.facebook.com/CofERochester

If you are not able to attend or watch on line, all are welcome to join us on Sunday Morning at St Augustine's 10am as Rachel presiding at Holy Communion. 

The life of the Church remains very busy this week, our toddler group ARK ~ Augustine's Reaching Kids had many new families come along and our new mission to reach out to the community CAMEO ~Come And Meet Each Other was also well attended, (see details below.) This I believe highlights the importance that we as Church can play in the middle of our community, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all that have given their time and hard work, to make these happen.   

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last"                                                                                                            John 15:16

Prayer:

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.

God Bless you

Revd Steve Spencer at: revsteve.spencer@btinternet.com Tel: 020 8467 1351 

or Revd Rachel Winn at: curaterachel@yahoo.com Tel 07311330202

For those who would like to make a contribution towards a gift for Rachel the email of last week had the wrong bank details, it should be ..

Account Number 20772100, Sort code 20-14-33, Account Name The PCC of Ecclesiastical parish of St Augustine’s with St Luke’s Bromley

 

 
THIS WEEK

Collect for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Gracious God,

You called us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

This Sunday - 26th September, 17th Sunday after Trinity

Join us as we meet to worship together on Sunday morning for a Service of Holy Communion at

10.00am in St Augustine's Church. This service will celebrating the priesting of Rev'd Rachel Winn at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday. There will be a light lunch after the service, please call Linda Spencer on 07836280119 if you are interested. 

If you are unable to come this service will be Live-Streamed on our YouTube channel address below:

https://youtube.com/channel/UCR70BiHHimXOLZpMSXV44IQ

Bible Readings for 10am service: 

Old Testament:   Nehemiah 12: 27-43
Gospel Reading: Mark 9: 38-50

Next Week :

Wednesday 29th September 11.30am-12pm

Were you unable to join us in St Augustine's church on Sunday; we missed you!

If attending is difficult why not consider joining in with our weekly ZOOM online gathering at Wednesday lunchtime... by telephone as well as on zoom

You can find this Midweek Prayer and Reflection on Zoom here.

Sunday 3rd October 10.00am Service of Morning Worship in St Augustine's Church:

Southborough Lane, Bickley, Bromley BR2 8AT

 
Parish News and Notices
 
 

CONNECT GROUPS IN OCTOBER

This Autumn we are relaunching our small groups where you can get to know other members of the church family, build friendships and support and encourage one another in the Christian life. We have even come up with a new name - Connect Groups - as they are all about making connections and deepening relationships. Each session will have time for chat and catching up, plus an opportunity to discuss a theme or Bible passage and pray for our community.

The new groups will meet fortnightly, starting in the first week of October, exploring some of the wonderful fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . .  .

  • Tuesday 5th at 7.30pm on Zoom (led by Ann and Nigel Pope). Zoom, link here.
  • Thursday 7th at 10am in person in St Augustine's Garden Room (led by Revd Steve Spencer)
  • Thursday 7th at 7.30pm on zoom, Zoom, link here.  (led by Liz Carter and Alan Mitchell)

It would be helpful to know how many people we are expecting, so please sign up on the sheets at the back of church or contact Alan Mitchell on 07985 070734. If we are overwhelmed with numbers, we will have to set up an extra group!

In the meantime on the 30th September, at 7.30pm, there will be just one group led by Alan, meeting on Zoom, link here.   We have set this up especially for those who are not yet able to return to worship in church, but everyone is welcome and this could be a taster if you have never been in a group like this before.

"The ARK" Toddler Group

Every Wednesday at St Augustine's Church 10.00am - 11.30am

These past three weeks have shown us the need for this group in our community. Each week we have seen the numbers of children attending rising, and at our last session we had 58 children plus adults. We offer a wide range of activities including softplay, tactile toys and craft, culminating in singing and a Bible story. Please continue to pray for ARK as it reaches out to many families in our area. If you need further information please contact:

Helen Baker, Youth & School's Minister @ St. Augustine's Church, Bromley 07576233119

CAMEO Friendship Tea (Come And Meet Each Other)

Did you know that 50% of adults in our parish live alone? This Includes single parents and elderly folk.

We would like to reach some of these people and offer friendship and support, and as we gradually return to meeting face to face again. Thursday just gone was our first gathering, "CAMEO" Come And Meet Each Other in the Garden room at St Augustine’s, bringing many people together.  This will continue on a weekly basis our next being Thursday afternoon, 30th September at 2.30 – 4.00pm

Everyone is welcome, and if you can bring a friend or neighbour that would be wonderful. In the future we hope that this will grow into soup and a roll and even Friendship lunches. There will be hot drinks and cakes and friends to chat with ~ just come along!

For more information or offers of help please contact: Hilary  07884195700

Merry Pilgrims 

There will be more Merry Pilgrim walks planned in the near future, details will be released shortly.

Mothers' Union

Mothers' Union will be meeting on Wednesday 20th October at 2.00pm in the Garden Room at St Augustine's Church for afternoon tea. We will pray together, catch up on our news and plan our programme for the next few months.

Linda, Ann and Liz look forward to seeing you all again.

St Augustine’s Church – Garden Maintenance

Would you be willing to help occasionally keep the garden areas and paths around the church tidy and free from weeds, and/or help with clearing leaves in the autumn?

If you can help, please contact Alan Fyfield on mobile number 07375923977 or email alan.fyfield4@ntlworld.com

 

 

Anything Else
 

Newsletter changes...

From September we have decided to keep environmentally friendly and continue to publish the weekly Newsletter online for the foreseeable future; this should help keep us up to date with events regarding St Augustine's with St Luke's and reduce the need to produce multiple paper copies.

For those of you who are not online and have been receiving a weekly delivery of the Newsletter,  paper copies will be available outside the church in a weatherproof dispenser each week for you to collect any time from late on Friday afternoon. A few spare copies will also be placed at the back of the church.

We fully understand that there may be some of you who are not online and cannot collect your own copy and we don't want you to miss out. If you (or a friend) cannot physically get to the building to pick a copy up please let us know.  Please contact Hilary Chittock on: 07884 195700 

 

 

Returning to Church - practicalities

Are you still struggling to get to St Augustine's on Sunday morning? If you cannot arrange any form of transport yourself please contact:

Revd Steve Spencer at: revsteve.spencer@btinternet.com Tel: 020 8467 1351 or Revd Rachel Winn: curaterachel@yahoo.com or telephone on 07311330202

Likewise, if you are able to help by offering lifts again please contact Steve or Rachel.
 

Charity and Community Updates 

Bromley Foodbank - urgently need

Dear Foodbank Supporters, many thanks for your kindness and generosity, it is much appreciated. Food items that are now urgently needed are listed below:

   Bromley Borough Foodbank Logo

URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS: 

  • *PLEASE DON'T SEND US FROZEN OR CHILLED ITEMS AS WE DON'T HAVE THE CORRECT STORAGE FOR IT AND IT SPOILS BEFORE WE CAN DISTRIBUTE IT*
  • UHT MILK (URGENT)
  • LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE (URGENT)
  • SUGAR FREE SWEETS
  • BABY WIPES
  • SIZE 6 NAPPIES
  • SHAMPOO (Male & Female)
  • SHOWER GEL (Male & Female)
  • CONDITIONER
  • WASHING DETERGENT CAPSULES
Items not required include: Pasta, rice, Beans, Croquembouche, Cereals and Tea..

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

 
Currently the church office is being run on a Part-Time basis by volunteer staff until longer term plans are in place. 

In the meantime if you need to make an enquiry about booking St Augustine's Halls please contact Liz Carter on: 0208 467 8155

If you need assistance about any other enquiries you can contact Linda Spencer or Rev Steve Spencer on 0208 467 1351



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