We are pleased to be able to report that our interregnum has started well, with attendances around the 40 mark and a very successful joint service with the Old Catholics last Sunday. Our advertisement for a new incumbent has been duly completed and sent to London (many thanks to the Council!) and we have a clergy rota which ensures services for the rest of the year.
This is largely due to enthusiastic volunteers, giving us a momentum which we hope will be maintained. For this reason we are appealing to all members of the congregation to consider what they personally can do. We also need ideas and suggestions for the future.
Please contact us on any issue which you wish to have considered by the council, so that when we get our new priest he/she will have something solid to build on. All contributions will be gratefully received.
Mark & Eric
Churchwardens – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study – Just to let you know that there will be a two-week break from bible study starting this week (i.e. no sessions on 2nd and 9th August). We will meet again on Wed 16th August at the Anglican Centre at 7.30pm as usual.
RIP – we have heard with sadness of the death of Bishop Joachim Vobbe of the Old Catholic Church and hold his friends and family and the Old Catholic congregation in our prayers.
Trip to Freiburg im Breisgau? – Eric is looking into organising at trip to Freiburg in the autumn. If you’d be interested drop him a line email@example.com
Dates for your diaries
Sunday 10th September – Back to school picnic – a chance to get together at the beginning of the new term, get to know new faces and catch up after the summer break with old friends. (with games for children and the young at heart). Time 13:30 after the morning service. Location – probably Berg Park but to be confirmed.
St. Catherine’s Bazaar – Saturday 18th November – put the date in your diaries and start thinking about how you can get involved. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your services or ideas.
Hymns for Sunday
- All hail the power of Jesus’ name
- O raise your eyes (Tune: Martyrdom)
- Thou, whose almighty word
- Christ is the world’s true light
Thought for the week from another vicar …
Whist in England I went to church with a friend, the preacher Rev. Patrick Butler, spoke on the topic of Rythms that Sustain Us. This struck a chord, at the start of our interregnum it can seem that the future is uncertain, but over the coming months, if we follow our spiritual rhythms, they will sustain us. Here are some of his recommendations:
Rhythms that Sustain us
- Daily Prayer – Have I build into my life the habit of stopping each day to consciously be in God’s presence? This might include, silence, stillness, talking to God and reading his word.
- Weekly Sabbath – Do i set aside one day in the week, not to do all the jobs wiating for me at home, but to rest and recharge, and to delight in God’s word?
- Weekly Worship – Do I gather with other followers of Jesus so that I can encourage others and be encouraged as we worship God together?
- Giving of my finances – Do I regularly give away part of my income for God’s work thorugh my local church and to causes close to my heart?
- Giving of my time – Do i invest time in service others either through the church or in my community?