8.00am SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY - please note that there will NOT be a Eucharist at the 8am service on Sunday 25th August. However, there will be a `Service of the Word' instead. Those wanting to receive Holy Communion are advised to attend the 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Anthony & Shona
FUN ON THE FIELD - 31st August on Bullfields. The Church has a pitch at this event on Saturday 31st August selling kids craft kits. It would be great if anyone could spare an hour or so to help out, if not still come along and join in the fun.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL - 8th September. We will be welcoming back The Revd. Robert Sibson, who will be preaching at this service.
BIKE `n HIKE - Saturday 14th September - participants in this event will be stopping at our church for refreshments, so we shall need a small band of volunteers to welcome them. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet if you are able to spare an hour or two. Many thanks. Rev Debbie and Di Kitson
CONFIRMATION CLASSES - we shall begin confirmation classes in September for those wishing to be confirmed on 23rd October at All Saints, Hockerill. Please see either me or Di for further information.Rev Debbie CELEBRATION - 29th September, Feast of Michael and All Angels. and celebration of Di Kitson's 25 years of service. Archdeacon Janet will be celebrating and preaching and there will be lunch and entertainment.
EXPLORING YOUR CALL - 2nd and 9th November. A 2-part workshop to help us identify and explore the Call that God is placing on us.
The Parish is in vacancy, or interregnum, until a new Vicar is appointed. Until then, the Churchwardens are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Church. If you wish to speak with a priest, please contact the Associate Minister. For other matters, please contact the Parish Office (contact numbers on the back page). It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Shona Passfield, in the first instance. Churchwardens
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Our Vision (part of the Mission Action Plan or MAP,
in humility with God~
loving one another and
with the wider community .
PATRONAL LUNCH - Our Bring & Share Patronal Lunch is on Sunday, Stn September at 12.45pm. This is a great opportunity for the congregation to come together, especially this year, as Robert and Elizabeth will join us. A list is at the back of Church for you to write down the dish you would like to bring along. The price per ticket is £3 each, available from Di Kitson, Cathy Battson, Val Bright & Penny Milne. Penny Milne
CELEBRATION - On 29th September, I will be celebrating 25 years in the ministry. It happens to be the feast of Michael and All Angels. Archdeacon Janet will be coming to celebrate and preach at our 9.30 am service. I do hope as many as possible will join with me in this celebration and also join me for a celebration Buffet Lunch afterwards with perhaps a little entertainment thrown in!! Di Kitson
FOODBANK Thank you for your continued support of this very worthy cause who help the most vulnerable in our Society. A copy of the Annual Report 2-18/19 is at the back of the Church for anyone who would like to look at it. Ann & Cathy
PRAYER GROUP Thursday Prayers 11am in Church - Do you have a favourite prayer? Please let us have your favourite prayer so we can include them on Thursdays - simply let Shona, or Anne Smith know. Anyone is welcome to join us at 11 am in the chancel. Note: from August the first Thursday of the month will be for silent prayer only. Shona
LIGHTING THE PATH FOR OUR NEW INCUMBENT - Researching our Needs. The Vacancy team met last Sunday and identified representative constituencies that make up our Town. We are looking for help from congregation members to take part in our research and to help with asking some of the questions. This will be completed by 17th August so we can analyse the response and prepare an advert for the Church Times. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist in any way, if you can, please speak with Anthony or Shona. Anthony & Shona
HELPING WITH TASK & FINISH INITIATIVES - Please see the list below. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist with one or more important outreach events in any way. Thank you. Anthony & Shona
GREAT ST MARY'S 'TASK & FINISH' INITIAL PROJECTS
PLEASE SELECT ONE OR MORE PROJECTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH VIA THE SIGN UP SHEET AT THE BACK OF CHURCH -THANK YOU!
IDENTIFYING AND EXPLORING `YOUR CALL' - Please pencil in the 2nd and 9th November when we will be holding a 2-part workshop to help us identify and explore the Call that God is placing on us in this season of lives - however old or young we are! Further details from Anthony & Shona
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK is one of our top priorities as a Church. However, the Ministry Team needs contact with the relative or friend who has asked for a person to be included on the list of those we pray for by name, so that they can keep in touch. If you are someone who has asked for a relative or friend to be prayed for by name, could you please confirm to Revd Debbie, Di or Chrissy in the Parish Office by 12 May whether that person should remain on the list. After 12 May (or the date you have already specified whichever is later) we will start to remove names if there has been no contact. Churchwardens
Chrissy lives in
opening hours are normally
9.30am – 2.30pm on Mondays & Tuesdays,
It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Anthony Heard, in the first instance.
Please note that notices for the PEW LEAFLET should be submitted to the Parish Office by 1pm on Thursday for printing on Friday morning. Please send copies to the Churchwardens. PLEASE INDICATE (IN THE SUBJECT BOX) THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET. There is limited space. Please try to keep them brief. Thank you.
DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/
E-News will replace SEEROUND as a fortnightly e-mail roundup of news from the diocese and from parishes, forthcoming events, people notices and vacancies. Do make sure you are signed up to receive this by signing up at www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/signup-see-round-online
Alban Life is a new quarterly printed magazine. To be published at Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Harvest, each edition will give you encouraging, informing and inspiring stories about current issues and themes relevant to the life of people and churches in St Albans Diocese. The first few copies of Alban Life are distributed free of charge so we can get to know it. Please take a copy today. A short survey will be available after the magazine has been released, and the diocese would be grateful for any feedback as planning and writing future editions begins.
Jez Hirst Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser