This week I want to start with a few words of thanks. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to help out in Helen’s absence, especially help with flower arrangements, hall booking, doing or keeping the church working efficiently by taking on the various roles on the rota and for those jobs behind the scenes, like the ‘laundry ’ of our worship cloths, de-waxing of our candles and so forth. I also want to say a huge thanks to all our volunteers, including those who helped to deliver the parish focus. Our new extra volunteers really help to get the magazine out as it helps to spread the load. There are a few left, so if you can, please take them. The magazine is well received across the parish, and we are always looking for more community-based articles.
During the week, I have been making sure everything is ready for my absence this weekend. Reverend Brian Barnes is coming to lead the Eucharist and preach for you all this Sunday. He served his ministry in Canterbury Diocese apart from 3 years at Church House, Westminster. He is a Canon Emeritus at Canterbury Cathedral, retiring to Lincoln ten years ago. His main interest is gardening & spending time on his allotment.
I am off on an overnight trip to London this weekend as I am playing with the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert band for the Annual Firefighters Memorial Service. The Firefighters Memorial Trust put on this occasion to remember & pay tribute to those members of the Fire & Rescue Service who have died in the course of their duties. The occasion is at St. Sepulchre Without Newgate Church, Holburn & the wreath laying is St Paul’s churchyard; this will involve marching and playing a static set of music.
Don’t forget the invitation to join me for Tea & Cakes at the Vicarage, 3-5pm on Sat 15 Sept as I celebrate 3 years in post. All are welcome. The Church Clean is the following day, 16th, after the service – all are welcome to that too ;-).
Lastly, It is BYPABD on Sunday 9th in the Catholic church, but the Anglican priests are happy to follow this tradition. BYPABD – Buy Your Priest a Beer Day.
Have a good week, God bless, Rev’d Julie