This Sunday the service in church includes our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This is the first time we have held the meeting as part of the service - usually it happens afterwards. So I hope you will be able to join us for what is an experiment for us, although there are other churches in the Diocese who routinely hold their APCM this way. If you are coming to the service in church at 10am please bring a copy of the service (sent by email) and also your face mask. All those on the Electoral Roll should have received copies of the reports and accounts. Please bring your copy along on Sunday. If you have not received a copy then contact Catherine Hayden.
You can find the online service on the church website, on St Mary's YouTube page, or on the church Facebook page. There is a copy of the online service available with the video on the home page. If you are joining us for worship online, please remember our Annual Meeting in your prayers.
This will be the first Sunday when there will also be a service at All Saints', Dagnall which Stephen will be leading. There are plenty of options for you to join in worship somewhere in the parish either in person or on line. Do get in touch if you would like to be included on the Prayer Chain.
With every blessing,
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to the Bishop of St Alban's Harvest Appeal to buy bees for people in Nepal. It is still not too late to give some money either by the jar in church or via the giving page on the website. Sharon Stilliard keeps bees and she is currently selling jars of honey for £5. For each jar she sells, Sharon will donate £1 to the Bishop of St Alban's Harvest Appeal. If you would like to buy some honey, contact Sharon. You can collect the honey from her, or for those who are local and unable to travel, Sharon is willing to deliver your honey for you. Thank you to Sharon for this generous offer.
If you are coming to the service in church at 10am please bring a copy of this and don't forget your face mask! You can find the online service on the church website on St Mary's You Tube page or on the church Facebook page. There is a copy of the online service linked with the video on the website. We are also having a midweek service of Holy Communion in St Mary's each Wednesday at 10am. All are welcome.
Next Sunday, 18th October will be our Annual Parochial Church Meeting during the 10am service. All those on the Electoral Roll will shortly be receiving copies of the reports and accounts. If you have not received a copy, please contact Catherine Hayden. Please remember our Annual Meeting in your prayers.
With every blessing,
This Sunday we are celebrating creationtide and thanking God for the beauty of the world around us and his provision for us. If you are coming to the service in church at 10am please bring a copy of the emailed service sheet and also your face mask. The online service will also reflect this theme. You can find the online service on the church website, on St Mary's YouTube page or on the church Facebook page.
We are supporting the Bishop of St Alban's Harvest Appeal to buy bees for people in Nepal. There is more information on the website in my letter. It also gives information about how to either donate online or in church.
In a fortnight it will be our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. We are looking for people to join the PCC which meets about once a month currently on zoom. This is an important role in helping to make decisions relating to St Mary's and All Saints' Dagnall. If you are interested in finding out more, please have a chat with me or one of the church wardens. There will also be elections for 2 places on Deanery Synod and for 2 church wardens.
Thanks to all those who support the church and parish in these vital roles.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported in any way. Our amazing outdoor socially distanced event raised the fantastic sum of £1,275 for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a truly memorable morning.
Joy is enjoying time away this week and in her absence has asked me to write to you about the 'Bishop of St. Albans Harvest Appeal' which this year is called 'Creating a Buzz in Nepal'. In recent years, Nepal, one of the worlds poorest countries, suffered two earthquakes which led to nine thousand deaths and around twenty two thousand injured people. The country was understandably devastated with livelihoods lost and destruction of whole communities.
Through the 'Church and Community Mobilisation' programme run by Tearfund, people in Nepal have been supported to rebuild their lives looking to their local resources to help raise them out of poverty. One of these initiatives is bee keeping. Nepal can sustain 125,000 beehives and currently has around 26,000. Money raised through the 'Bishop of St. Albans Harvest Appeal' in conjunction with Tearfund's programme will hopefully lead to more people learning the skills of bee keeping and getting their livelihoods back on track. Bees are beneficial in that they pollinate crops thereby increasing yields. Bee keepers are also able to sell bee products including honey and candle wax.
If able to, go online and read more about the Bishop's Appeal. Information is available at stalbans.anglican.org/faith/bishop-s-annual-harvest-appeal. Alternatively there is some printed material displayed in St. Mary's. Success of the Appeal relies on our monetary donations. A cash jar will be available in church on Sundays up to the 11th October for donations or go to our website www.stmaryseatonbray.org.uk where you will be able to donate via our 'Give a Little' page set up for the Bishop's Appeal.
If preferred, cheques made payable to 'St Albans DBF' can be sent to:
The Bishop of St. Albans Harvest Appeal 2020,
c/o Holywell Lodge,
41, Holywell Hill,
St. Albans. AL1 1HE
The Bishop's Appeal is launched each year at the time of Creationtide. This is a good time for churches and individuals to reflect on creation and investigate means of making a difference to bene fit our immediate and the global environment. Over the last few months with a slower pace of life enforced upon many of us there has been a chance to 'stop and stare' maybe leading to an increased awareness of our need to respect the natural world.
God gave us the world into our keeping for us to enjoy it to the full. With reference to bees we need to appreciate how essential they are to a healthy environment and economy.
Bees pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables but you may be surprised to learn that currently 20,000 species of bees face extinction. Actions we can take are to plant nectar rich flowers and herbs to provide food for bees and to source local or British honey to support our bees and beekeepers.
St. Mary's will celebrate St. Francis of Assisi and Creationtide on Sunday 4th October.
Our online service for this week can be accessed from our website www.stmaryseatonbray.org.uk, our Facebook page or direct from our YouTube channel.
Let's join either online or in person and enjoy our fellowship together.
With Every blessing
We are continuing to enjoy sharing in Holy Communion at St Mary's on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Services are held at 10am on both days. The feedback has been positive as we have all the appropriate safeguards in place. If you haven't yet ventured to a service, are coming to church, the readings for the service are emailed out so you can bring a copy with you along with your face mask. We will still be providing online worship via the church website, YouTube and Facebook pages. You can find the online service sheet at 20 September 2020.
Sheila Banks has asked me to remind you of the Macmillan coffee morning to be held in the churchyard on Friday 25th October. It will be in line with all the latest rules.
Don't forget that our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday 18th October. We will be electing Church Wardens, Church Council (PCC) members and representatives to the Deanery Synod. Please consider if you would like to take on one of these roles and get in touch for a chat if you want to know more about what that involves.
With every blessing,
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