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Friday 23rd October at 13:35

Dear Friends

As you know we will be holding our APCMs on Sunday. This is a time to reflect on all that has happened over the last year or so, and to elect our various church officers.
Looking back and remembering is an important aspect of who we are as people, and as a faith community.
It’s so easy to forget all that has happened – to celebrate the good things, the shoots of growth in members and as a community as we seek to follow Christ more closely, the love, support and fellowship that people have shown to each other particularly during this time of coronavirus.

It’s also a time to remember the challenging times, the times of change, the end of some things, the start of others.
It’s a time to say goodbye and thanks to some people who have served the church so faithfully in particular roles from which they are stepping back; and to welcome new people to help shape the church as we seek to go forward to wherever God leads us.

It’s a time to acknowledge and give thanks for God’s faithful presence with us over this past year, for His hand of guidance, for His Spirit who is forming us into the people God wants us to be in this place.

Above all it’s a time to remember that the God who called us is faithful and we are called to serve Him in this place, not in our own strength but by His grace, and to look forward with hope to the year ahead.

These are pretty good reasons to have an APCM!!

Diary for the week

Sunday  25th October    St Petroc’s Holy Communion 9.30am followed by APCM

                                    Telephone:-       The phone number to call:0203 481 524

Enter the meeting ID: 854 2111 1777#  when asked for ID press # to continue; Password is: 682526#

Zoom:-              854 2111 1777, password CHURCH

St Mary’s Holy Communion 11.15am followed by APCM

Wednesday       Thought for the Week  10.00am  zoom

Friday               Morning Prayer  9.00am zoom

Services for November:-

 St Petroc’sSt Mary’s

1/11/20

9.30 Family Service

All Saints

 

2/11/20

5pm  All Souls zoom service5pm  All Souls zoom service

8/11/20

9.30 Morning worship followed by 10.50 Act of Remembrance outside/wreath laying10.45 Remembrance Service

15/11/20

9.30 Morning Worship 

22/11/20

9.30 Holy Communion11.15 Holy Communion

29/11/20

9.30 Morning Worship/possible Pet Service

5pm Songs of Praise- zoom service

5pm Songs of Praise zoom service

Finally, our thoughts and prayers are very much with those people and places around the world which are suffering so much at present – we think of the continuing situation with coronavirus and for all those in the caring professions,
for policy makers and politicians, for those who are ill and those who are anxious; for all those struggling with poverty, unemployment,
mental and physical ill health and their carers; for University students and school children and their teachers; and any in our villages who are struggling at this time for whatever reason.

Wishing you all God’s blessings and know you are in my heart and in my prayers

Rev Ginabuddy

Friday 16th October at 14:35

Dear Friends

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 

I recently had a lovely chat with a friend I have known for most of my life.
We phone each other regularly and on this occasion were musing over how long we have been friends, and some of the ups and downs of life we had been through together.
There is something rather special about those people who have known us for a long time, and who have faithfully accompanied us on our life’s journey.
This week the Old Testament lesson reminds us that God Himself accompanies each one of us on our journey.
Sometimes we are very aware of Him, other times He may seem distant or even to feel absent.
No matter what we may feel, or what we go through, He will be with us.
Sometimes His presence, or glory as the Old Testament puts it, is very apparent, sometimes it’s not, but our God is faithful and is with us, whether we realise it or not. What an incredible and comforting thought to hold onto this week.

This week’s notices:-

  1. St Petroc’s emails

It seems that some people may not be getting St Petroc’s emails at the moment – which includes being sent the Dear Friends letters.
If you know of anyone in this situation, can you ask them to let us know as we are checking what has happened, but need to know who seems to be affected.

  1. Volunteers

Thank you so much to those who have volunteered to help us set up a team of people to help zoom our services – its great to have people come forward.
If there is anyone else willing to offer, its not too late to do so!

We still need more volunteers to help with our children and young people’s work.
This is such important work for us, but is very much in need of some additional support.
If you feel able to offer your help, or would like to chat about what this might mean, please do let me know.

 

Diary for the week

Sunday       Morning Worship St Petroc’s 9.30am

Telephone:-             The phone number to call:0203 481 524

Enter the meeting ID: 854 2111 1777#  when asked for ID press # to continue; Password is: 682526#

Zoom:-        854 2111 1777, password CHURCH

Wednesday             Thought for the Week  10.00am  zoom

Friday                     Morning Prayer  9.00am zoom

Services for October:-

25th October           St Petroc’s Holy Communion 9.30am followed by APCM

                                  St Mary’s Holy Communion 11.15am followed by APCM

 

Finally, our thoughts and prayers are very much with those people and places around the world which are suffering so much at present – we think of the continuing situation with coronavirus and for all those in the caring professions, for policy makers and politicians, for those who are ill and those who are anxious; for all those struggling with poverty, unemployment, mental and physical ill health and their carers; for University students and school children and their teachers; and any in our villages who are struggling at this time for whatever reason.

Wishing you all God’s blessings and know you are in my heart and in my prayers

Rev Gina

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Sunday 27th September at 11:55

Here are some pictures at the ordination service of Laura and Mark at St Lukes today 27th September.

Friday 8th May 2020 at 14:10

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Rattery War Memorial beautifully decorated for VE 75th anniversary.