Diary

Parish Diary Cover May - Jul 19 (1)

Front cover images: George Pitcher

Welcome

This Parish Diary covers our Sunday worship calendar and other events and services in our churches and in our community - as well as who is doing what and when. Special thanks to all those who work so hard to make all this happen. Your ministries are cherished. But things happen - so if you can't make one of the duties you're down for, please arrange a swap or advise Ian Dixon on 01435 813363 or email – info@focusedfinancialservices.co.uk ,  so that we can amend weekly Pew Sheets

What we are

We're Anglicans in the Church of England. We come together for services of worship every Sunday, alternating between our two churches in the parish. We will always celebrate Holy Communion - founded by Jesus's Last Supper with his friends - but we also make room for Morning Worship and family services, events and prayer groups during the week.

What we try to do

We try to follow Jesus, who shows us in his life a God who accepts everyone who comes to him. So everyone is welcome, just as they are - we're not a club for good or holy people, but for everyone, whether you have faith or you don't, whether you have friends and family or you don't, whether you're happy or sad, whether you love or hate yourself. The Christian story tells us that we're loved more than we can possibly know, just as we are - so what we try to be is the living body of Christ in the world.

What we ask of you

Nothing. Just come in your hopes and your fears, your joys and your sorrows, to meet an extraordinary God among ordinary people. He'll do the heavy lifting, if we just let him.

PLEASE CHECK THE WEEKLY SHEET AND PARISH E-NEWS FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND VENUES OF SERVICES.

 

A letter from the Rector

It’s during these summer months that I remember why we moved here some 13 years ago. The pink and purple rhododendrons, long summer evenings outside The Star, supper on the terrace and the sound of leather on willow at the President’s annual cricket match (will this be the year when we finally organise my long-promised Vicar’s Eleven v. The Village?).

It’s been quite a change of life since we came here from south London. You might say it’s a new life. The children have grown up and left home and Mobbs and I rattle around Culverwood, which is rather larger and more demanding than our old home in south London.

But is it really a new life? Each of us only has the one life, so in that sense we can’t have a “new” one, just a continuation of the same one in different circumstances. So it’s not a new life really, so much as a changed life.

I’m reminded of those ads for exercise regimes and new-fad diets that appear at the beginning of the year – promising a “new you”. There’s no such thing as a new you, of course. Just you. But all too often we fall for the idea that we can re-invent ourselves as some better version of what we were before. George Pitcher 2.0, perhaps.

The American novelist, Caroline Leavitt (Living Other Lives, The Wrong Sister) reminds us that a new place or a new identity will not jump-start a new life. And it’s as well to remember that when we fall for the idea that a bigger house or a dream holiday or Brexit or a new Government will change everything for us.

When Jesus tells Nicodemus in the gospel of John that he must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, he doesn’t mean that we start life again from scratch – he means that we allow the spirit to be born in us. We’re still the same person, with the same faults and virtues, but we have started to live God’s eternal life.

So let’s worry less about being new and relax into summer, happy in the knowledge that God welcomes the same old us, in our hopes and our fears, our joys and our sorrows… and whether we’ve managed to arrange a cricket match or not.

The Rev’d George Pitcher

 

A few words from the churchwardens

When we prepare the Parish Diary it feels like a time to look back on the quarter just finishing whilst looking ahead to what is to come. At this time of year, it is hard to think that we started with our Christmas celebrations which were very well attended again and, as we come to the end of the coming quarter, we shall be well into the summer holiday season. Easter will have been celebrated and we are thankful to all those who support our activities during Holy Week and in preparing our churches for Easter.

The next quarter sees us welcoming a number of wedding couples to our churches and we wish them every happiness as they go forward together. It is always a joyous occasion to be at a wedding and, as wardens, we tend to attend a few more than most!

We have concluded the work planned for the organ at All Saints, although we realise that, given its great age, we shall always need to attend to further requirements as and when they crop up and, indeed, we want to maintain the St. Bart’s organ in good order as well. As it happens, now that we have recovered the VAT paid and have obtained the Gift Aid from donations, we do have a modest reserve for such situations.

We continue to work hard to obtain approval for our plans for the St. Bart’s project and are endeavouring to be as flexible as we can in order to achieve this. Having come this far, we are determined to see this through to fruition.

This inevitably leads to the matter of finances and, whilst we have been blessed with some significant donations for this project, we have to remain mindful of our day to day needs. It costs the Parish around £1,000 per week to keep the two churches operating and our normal income does not cover this, we are some £350 per week short and manage to cover the position through occasional donations, the odd legacy and drawing on reserves. We are encouraging everyone who feels able to utilise the Parish Giving Scheme for regular giving and shall be happy to provide details to anyone who would like them. In fact, our requirements remain at this level due to the fact that George dos not receive a stipend for his services. Were we ever to have a full time minister, we would probably need an extra £6/800 per week. It is as well that we all take note of these realities.

On a lighter note, the early birds amongst you will be aware that George has been contributing to the Radio 2 “Pause for Thought”. If the sermons are not quite enough for you, try the 5.45am slot for something extra!

Our best wishes to you all as we approach holiday time.

Sarah Mackenzie and Ian Dixon

28 APRIL
4th SUNDAY
ST BARTS

EASTER 2
8am Holy Communion bcp
President & preacher: Lucy Murdoch

10am Service of the World & Feast of St George
Leader: Andy Delves Preacher: Tim Hough

First Reading: TBA; Roger Dixon
Psalm: 118; 14 to end
Second Reading: TBA; Roger Paine
Intercessions: Carolyn Dixon
Welcome: Muriel Campbell
Sidesperson: Christine Bell
Coffee: Carolyn Dixon & Sarah Mackenzie

29 April
MONDAY

2.00pm Knitting group - Lark Rise

30 April
TUESDAY

2.00pm Lost & Found - Visit to Heaven Farm

1 May
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group at St Bart's

3 May
Friday

 

10.30am Ministry Meeting at Patmos

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

Time TBA: Wedding rehearsal -Hannah Lewis & Michael Parker at All Saints

4 MAY
SATURDAY

WEDDING of Hannah Lewis & Michael Parker at All Saints

5 May
1st  SUNDAY
All Saints

EASTER 3
8am Holy Communion
bcp
President & preacher: George Pitcher

10.00am Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher; George Pitcher
First Reading: Acts 9: 1-20 Ken Keeley
Psalm: 30
Second Reading: Revelations 5: 11-end: Sarah Macenzie
Gospel: John 21: 1-19
Intercessions: Carollyn Stanbridge
Welcome: Ray Cade
Sidesman: Kathy Cade
Coffee: Sarah & Susie

8 May
Wednesday

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

9 May                                                  11am - 1.00pm Waldron Country Market at Holy Cross Priory
Thursday

10 May
Friday

7.00pm Four in a Bar, Concert at All Saints

11 May
Saturday

10am - Noon:  Coffee Morning at Cransford, Little London TN21 0BB

12 May
2nd Sunday
St Bart's

Easter 4
8am Holy Communion bcp
President & preacher: George Pitcher

10am Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher; George Pitcher
First Reading: Acts 9: 36-43; Sue Garden
Psalm: 23
Second Reading: Revelation 7; 9-17: Moira James
Gospel; John 10; 22 - 30
Intercessions: Carolyn Dixon
Welcome: Ann Bassett
Sidesperson: Muriel Campbell
Coffee: Moira & Ray James

15 May
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

17 May 
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

19 May
3rd SUNDAY
ALL SAINTS


EASTER 5
8am Holy Communion bcp
President & preacher: Simon Hobbs

10am Parish  Matins
Leader; Richard Maylam
Preacher: Andy Delves
Venite
Psalm: 148
First Reading: Acts 11:  1-18: Valerie Chidson
Te Deum
Second Reading: Revelations 21: 1-6 Ray Cade
Jubilate
Intercessions: Maragret Hughes
Welcome: Carollyn Stanbridge
Sidesperson: Anne Brine
Coffee: Dawn & Angela

20 May                                             10.00 Linked Hands - visit to Danesfield
MONDAY                                          11.00am Holy Communion Holy Cross Priory President: George Pitcher

22 May                                            7.00pm Parish Prayer Group
WEDNESDAY

23 May                                           12 Noon, Lost & Found - Lunch at Blackboys Inn
THURSDAY

24 May                                           11am Worship Group  at Culverwood
FRIDAY                                            6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's
                                                       TBA - Wedding Rehearsal at All Saints

25 May                                          1.30pm Wedding of Harriet Long and Rob Kingdon
SATURDAY

26 May
4th SUNDAY
St Barts

EASTER 6
8am Holy Communion (bcp)
President & preacher: George Pitcher

10am Parish Eucharist
Pesident: George Pitcher     Preacher: Lucy Murdoch
First Reading: Acts16; 9-15  Roger Paine
Psalm: 67
Second Reading: Revelation 21,19-22, 5 Jenny Cox
Gospel: John14, 23-29
Intersessions: Tim Hough
Welcome: Sarah Mackenzie
Sidesperson: Ian Dixon
Coffee: Christine Bell & Muriel Campbell

29 May
WEDNESDAY

10.30am Parish Prayer Group

30 May
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

2 June
1st SUNDAY
All Saints

ASCENTION SUNDAY

8am Holy Communion bcp
Prsident & Preacher: Simon Hobbs

10am Parish Eucharist (by extension)
President: Tim Hough,  Preacher: Richard Maylam
First Reading: Acts 1;  1-11 Margaret Hughes
Psalm: 47
Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-28, John Chambers
Gospel: Luke 24: 44-53
Intercessions: Carollyn Stanbridge
Welcome: John Chambers
Sidesperson: Ian Dixon
Coffee: Bev & Keith Bulmer

3 June
MONDAY                         2.00pm Knitting Group at Lark Rise

                                        7.30pm Quiz Night at the Sar Inn

5 June
WEDNESDAY                   7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

7 June
FRIDAY                             6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's
                                        TBA Wedding Rehearsal at St Bart's.

8 June
SATURDAY                       1.00pm Wedding of Catherine Head  & John Borkett at St Bart's

9 June
2nd SUNDAY
St Barts

PENTECOST - WHIT SUNDAY
8am Holy Communion bcp
President & preacher: George Pitcher

10am Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher: George Pitcher
First Reading: Acts 2, 1-21  Gill Roles
Psalm: 104 (26 - 36)
Second Reading: Romans 8, 14-17  Roger Clark
Gospel: John 14, 8-17
Intercessions: Alex Clark
Welcome: Ann Bassett
Sidesperson: Christine Bell
Coffee: Alex & Roger Clark

10 June
MONDAY

9.45am Linked Hands - Thames river trip (meet at Mill Rd car park)

12 June
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish prayer Group at St Barts

13 June
THURSDAY

11am - 1pm Waldron Country Market at Holy Cross Priory

 

14 June
FRIDAY

10.30am - Ministry Meeting at Culverwood
6.15pm - Choir practice at St Bart's

16 June
3rd SUNDAY

 

TRINITY SUNDAY at All Saints

8am Holy Communion bcp
President & Preacher: Lucy Murdoch

10am Parish Eucharist
President: Lucy Murdoch, Preacher: George Pitcher
First Reading Proberbs 8:1-4, 22-31 - TimWilliams
Psalm: 8
Second Reading: Romans,1-5, RayCade
Gospel: John16:12-15
Intersessions: Andy Delves
Welcome: Ray Cade
Sidesperson: Kathy Cade
Coffee: Mobbs & Judy

17 June
MONDAY

11am Holy Communion at Holy Cross Priory
President: Lucy Murdoch

19 June
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group 

21 June
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

23 June
4th SUNDAY

TRINITY 1 at St Bart's

8am Holy Communion bcp
President & Preacher: George Pitcher

10am Parish Eucharist
President: George Pitcher,  Preacher: Andy Delves
First Reading: Isaiah 65:1-9 - DorothyWithers
Psalm: 42
Second Reading: Galatians 3, 23-29 - RayJames
Gospel: Luke 8, 26-29
Intersessions: Richard Maylam
Welcome: Muriel Campbell
Sidesperson: Christine Bell
Coffee: Ann Bassett & Anne Brine

24 June 
MONDAY

2.00pm Knitting Group - All Saints Church

26 June
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

28 June
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

29 June
SATURDAY

11am Holy Baptism at St Bart's - Riley Pitt-Parsons
12.30pm Holy Baptism at All Saints - Charlotte Seymour

30 June
5th SUNDAY

TRINITY 2 - St PETER & St PAUL at All Saints

8am Holy Communion bcp
President & Preacher: George Pitcher

10.00am Service of the Word & Baptismal Welcome
President: George Pitcher, Preacher: Tim Hough
First Reading Acts 12, 1-11 -FaithSandeman
Psalm: 125
Second Reading Matthew 16, 13-19 Chris Field
Intersessions: Margaret Hughes
Welcome: Ian Dixon
Sidesman: John Chambers
Coffee: Angela & Susie

 

3 July
Wednesday

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

5 July
FRIDAY

10.30am Minstry Meeting at Patmos
6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's
TBA Rehearsal for Wedding Blessing at St Bart's - Michelle and Jonathan Sibley

6 July
SATURDAY

Wedding Blessing at St Bart's - Michelle & Jonathan Sibley

7 July
1st SUNDAY

TRINITY 3 at All Saints

8am Holy Communion bcp
President & Preacher: George Pitcher

10.00 Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher: George Pitcher
First Reading, Isaiah 66: 10-14 Richard Maylam
Psalm 66
Second Reading, Galations 6: 7-16  Ian Dixon
Gospel, Luke: 1-11, 16-20
Intersessions: Sarah Mackenzie
Welcome: Ray Cade
Sidesperson: Kathy Cade
Coffee: Bev & Keith Bulmer

8 July
MONDAY

Linked Hands - Visit to Heyswood

10 July 
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

11 July
THURSDAY

11am - 1.00pm Waldron Country Market at Holy Cross Priory

12 July
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

14 July
2nd SUNDAY

TRINITY 4 - SEA SUNDAY at St Bart's

8am Holy Communion bpc
President & Preacher: Simon Hobbs

10am Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher: Lucy Murdoch
First Reading, Job 38: 4-11 Roger Dixon
Psalm107: 23-32
Second Reading, Acts 27: 27-32, 39-44, Maureen Keith
Gospel Mark 4: 35-41
Intersessions: Roger Paine
Welcome: Anne Brine
Sidesperson: Ann Bassett
Coffee: Carolyn Dixon & Sarah Mackenzie

15 July
MONDAY

11.00am Holy Communion at Holy Cross Priory
President: Lucy Murdoch

17 July
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

19 July
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

21 July
3rd SUNDAY

TRINITY 5 - MARY MAGDALENE at All Saints

8am Holy Communion bcp
Preacher & President: Lucy Murdoch

10am Matins (bcp)
Leader: Tim Hough, Preacher: Richard Maylam
First Reading: Song of Solomon 3, 1-4, Carolyn Dixon
Psalm 42: 1-10
Second Reading: John, 20: 1-2, 11-18, John Chambers
Intersessions: Andy Delves
Welcome: Ian Dixon
Sidesman: John Chambers
Coffee: Faith Sandeman & Rosie Mays-Smith

24 July
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

26 July
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practice at St Bart's

28 July
4th SUNDAY

TRINITY 6 at St Bart's

8am Holy Communion bcp
President & Preacher George Pitcher

10am Parish Eucharist
President & Preacher George Pitcher
First Reading: Genesis 18: 20-32, Carollyn Stanbridge
Psalm 85
Second Reading; Colossians 2, 6-15 Moira James
Gospel: Luke11, 1-13
Intersessions: Carolyn Dixon
Welcome: Muriel Campbell
Sidesperson: Christine Bell
Coffee: Moira & Ray James

President's Cricket Match on the Cattam

31 July
WEDNESDAY

7.00pm Parish Prayer Group

2 August
FRIDAY

6.15pm Choir Practise at St Bart's