Weekly Newsletter

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

Welcome to our latest weekly e-newsletter   

7th May 2021

 

Weekly Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It was a real pleasure last Saturday to have had Bishop James with us for a service of Confirmation where 6 members of our church, Christian Major, Iona Mitchell, Verity Mitchell, Pete Smee, Russell & Sarah Speed made their public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ.  If you wish to see the service, please look on our YouTube account. In a similar vein on Saturday 15th May at 2.30pm Verity Mitchell will be licensed as a Licensed Lay Minster in Rochester Cathedral; we pray that as she responds to her calling, God will bless her ministry with us. If you wish to follow the service, please visit the Diocesan web site for details. https://www.rochester.anglican.org/

Prayer as a Christian is one of the most important things we can be part of; in Philippians 4: 6 it says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

May I encourage you all to pray for the needs of all peoples and of all nations; the situation here in the UK maybe improving, yet sadly this is not true everywhere. Our TV screen highlights the plight of India, Brazil and many other countries. We may feel powerless to help yet the one thing we can do is hold them in our prayers before God.     

 

Prayer
O Lord our God,
source of all goodness and love,
accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon all the nations of the world,
That in these times of distress and uncertainty
Your love is never far from us,
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

God Bless you

Rev’d Steve Spencer (vicar) & Rev’d Rachel Winn (curate)

 
 
This Sunday - 9th May, 6th Sunday of Easter "Rogation Sunday"

Join us as we meet to worship together on Sunday morning at 10.00am
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.

Please book in advance if you intend to join us for the Holy Communion. Contact Rev Steve Spencer on: 0208 4671351 or revsteve.spencer@btinternet.com

Followed by 12.00 Midday a service of HOLY COMMUNION in St Augustine’s church.

Bible Reading:  Acts 10: 44-48

Collect:

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

 

 
Next week
Tuesday  11th May 11am -12 noon
Coffee and Chat on Zoom here

Wednesday 12th May 11.30am-12pm
Midweek prayer and reflection on Zoom here.

Sunday 10am

Service on Zoom.

12.00 Midday a service of HOLY COMMUNION in St Augustine’s church.

If your zoom link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.
 
Dates for your diary

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for St Augustine with St Luke will take place on Zoom on Saturday 8th May at 10.30 am. If you lead a group within the parish and you usually submit a report for the APCM, I would be grateful to receive a report from you. Please send your report to johanna.gurney@btinternet.com.

The full details of the APCM have been sent to you by a separate email earlier in the week.

The Zoom session is the same as for our Sunday services and can be accessed by clicking here.

If this link doesn't work or you wish to join via telephone, instructions are here.

 
 
 
Parish News and Notices

Mental Health Awareness week is fast approaching (10th -16th May). This year’s theme is nature and outdoors, with a focus  on climate care too. We have been hearing that people of all ages can be affected by mental health issues, not just adults. During the pandemic lockdowns the mental health of many school children and young people was impacted and spending excessive time indoors and on screens was a contributory factor.

Below are two links to help look at how nature might help our wellbeing and mental health; the first link offers 5 ways we might enhance our wellbeing by connecting with nature and the second is aimed at younger people:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/5-ways-connect-nature-help-our-wellbeing

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/spending-time-in-nature/

Ascension Day: On Thursday 13th May there will be an evening zoom service at 7.00pm. Details and service sheet will be sent separately by email next week.

Lent to Pentecost Parish Prayer Walk
Prayer makes such a difference to our community, even when we don't see the result ourselves.  There is still time for YOU to be involved so please consider if you could offer to pray along one, or more, streets in our parish.

  • You can walk and pray alone
  • You can walk and pray with someone else (for a 'prayer friend' you might like to contact Hilary on: 07884195700)
  • You can pray as you like or use the attached PRAYER WALK GUIDE 

To sign up for the Parish Prayer Walk  please contact Rev’d Rachel Winn on 07311330202 or e-mail: curaterachel@yahoo.com

Thy Kingdom Come:
Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost, and in 2021 will take place from 13th-23rd May.  Details to follow about how we as a church, and individually, might be involved.

Christian Aid Week: this year runs through 10th - 16th May 2021.

If you wish to donate but cannot do so electronically we now have Christian Aid envelopes early next week placed in the plastic dispenser by the front entrance of St Augustine's for you to collect. Please return these to the vicarage. If you are unable to collect one yourself please contact Rev Steve or Rev Rachel. Again this year, most donations will be given online. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/ways-to-donate

 

 
Charity and Community Updates 

Children's Society Boxes

I've now received the 'go ahead' & necessary documentation for banking the donations. So if you have a box for collection could you please let me know.
Thanks Valerie Gorman 01689 855258
 
 Help 2makeit’s work in prisons and celebrate Captain Tom’s amazing achievements

Friday 30 April would have been Captain Sir Tom’s 101st birthday and his family have pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone around the world could get involved in to celebrate his generosity, hope and sense of fun.

2makeit is taking part in Captain Tom 100 from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2021 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing achievements and raise vital funds for 2makeit. To get involved all you need to do is dream up your Captain Tom 100 – an activity of your choice based around the numbers 100 – and do it anytime and anywhere from Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 31 May. You can even join in by just telling someone else about the event...or, maybe, tell 100 people!

Find out more at CaptainTom100.com and on our own 2makeit Captain Tom 100 fundraising page: 
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/2makeit-captaintom100?invite=true

 Mwaikisabe Catechist House Appeal: 

Please click here to see details on website

Bromley Foodbank 

Dear Foodbank Supporters, many thanks for your kindness and generosity, it is much appreciated. 

The Foodbank are now in the process of re-stocking their Centres in view of them opening again in the near future, there are a few areas of shortfall that need addressing.

Biggest need is BAGS FOR LIFE, as well as Desserts Ladies deodorant, Tinned Tomatoes, Washing Up Liquid

Biscuits, Bio & Non Bio Capsules/Powder, Cold Meat, Cleaning Sprays, Coffee and Squash.

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



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