We have had a lovely letter of appreciation from Tim Hather of the Open Door. He tells us that they are currently seeing between 15 and 25 people a day, all of whom are sleeping rough. They provide hot drinks, meals, warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags to help make life a little easier for them. A new venture for them involves weekly early morning outreach to identify new rough sleepers, and new volunteer key workers to work more closely with their service-users. So, many thanks to all who donated. Your generosity has helped make a real difference to the lives of those on the edge of our society.
While on a visit to Zambia with a group from St Mary’s, Richard (retired TV reporter) created a video which shows the struggle faced by the people of Chainda, a settlement of at least 25,000, on the outskirts of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Last week we enjoyed our Harvest Festival including the Harvest Supper. The evening began with David Nacey enthralling us with his magic show. A supper followed prepared by Margaret and her hard working team. A music quiz kept brains ticking and then the evening finished with a short harp recital by Susan Sherratt and her daughter Katie. Thank you to everyone who made this evening a most enjoyable occasion.
We will be shortly be moving into the season of remembrance. The All Soul’s service is at 6.30 pm on Sunday 28th October. If you would like a loved one prayed for by name please write it clearly on the form at the back of church.
The ROTA FOR FLOWERS in the St Andrew Chapel needs to be updated. The task involves preparing 2 simple arrangements or placing flowers in the vases that are provided. If you previously did a month and would like to continue, or you are a new volunteer, please contact Anne Chidgey.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WEEKLY COMMITMENT – We urgently need volunteers for the Coffee Shop, especially cashiers. If you are able to cover a session just once or twice a month it would help enormously, in fact, if everyone did just one session a month we would have more than enough help. On Thursday this week we were nearly forced to close through lack of support. Please speak to Paul or one of the wardens for more information.
The abseil was a tremendous success and so well organised by the Royal Marines and the Bell ringing Fundraising group.
Please give sponsor money to the churchwardens and remember to cross your name off the list at the back of Church. During the Week it can be paid into the book shop.
Those who abseiled thank you for your praise and encouragements but we would all agree that the Royal Marines are the really brave people. They are setting out on another dangerous tour of duty to Afghanistan and our prayers go with them.