Dear All Saints and St Marys – Blessings. September often brings with it a sense of the “new”. A new start for so many as schools go back after the long summer holidays. Even for people out of the current school system at the moment there can still be a sense of September being the month of new pencil and paper purchasing – but that might just be a good excuse for the stationary lovers amongst you. “New” things can bring both a sense of excitement and yet also a feeling of trepidation – What does this new thing look like? Will I like it? How do I get ready for it? On the other hand September for many it can also be for many a time to wind down and get away, a perfect opportunity as the beaches and busy spots become quieter to take some time out and enjoy a bit of peace that a change of scene or a change of pace can bring. And that in itself can feel “new” even if it is also familiar and welcome. So whether you are back with your foot on the pedal in something new, a new term, a new school year, a new job, or just back from a break. Or if you are just starting to wind down for some away time then I hope that this finds message finds you and blesses you. We have as our services this weekend THIS WEEKEND - Sunday 1st August Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 10.30am Celebration Holy Communion at All Saints - with Revd Lizzie preaching and celebrating. There will be Junior Church at this service and so a chance for children to be taught and nurtured and parents to stay in church. 6.30pm Evensong at St Mary’s - with Revd Janey leading and Mark Simms preaching preaching.
Here are this week’s Roots at Home and Activity sheets.
Weekly sheets for both churches are at the end of this message where you will find information about the coming week and also people to pray for.
Please check out the week ahead also as there is lots going on especially with the 200 Years Celebrations at St Marys– and a quick reminder to all on PCC to check this as we have PCC for St Marys on Wednesday evening, and PCC for All Saints on Thursday evening. Both are in person at the respective churches.
THE WEEK AHEAD Monday 6th
08.15 – Morning Prayer on zoom Wednesday 8th
09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church Thursday 9th
10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church Saturday 11th
10-5pm – Bi Centennial Celebrations. Tours on the hour, Exhibition, Colouring Competition, Saturday lunches, Flower displays in remembrance of different groups, Music and Cream Teas at 3pm Sunday 12th
8.00 – Holy Communion All Saints 10.00 Festival Holy Communion Choral Celebration 5pm – Festival Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church I hope that this week you find the new, whether gearing up or winding down a blessing and leave you with this prayer from the EBP prayer cycle. Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Lizzie Revd Lizzie Kesteven Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery Advisor for Spirituality and Spiritual Direction for Bristol Diocese
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