From the Rector

17th June 2021

 

Dear Friends

 

I hope this letter finds you safe and well

 

You were all amazing in 2020 with your support for our churches at a very difficult time and you will remember that in April I did a walk around the Benefice and raised over £8,000 which was a fantastic testimony to your generosity. So far this year we have been unable to do any fundraising events for our churches, so on July 11th I am going to do a 'Birthday Prayer Walk' (I am 63 on 9th July) leaving Iron Acton after the Open Air All Age Family Service, stopping at all our Places of Worship to pray for you all and our communities, ending up at our Benefice Picnic Service that afternoon in the Bishop's Garden in Winterbourne at 4pm. 

 

Once again I am asking for you to be generous and to 'please sponsor me' by either making a BACS payment to the Benefice or individual Parish accounts or by dropping a donation or cheque (made payable to your preferred church), into the Rectory. One big difference this year is you can join me on the walk or catch up with me at varying points. I will let you know timings and the route in the coming weeks. Please come and join me on the 11th and lets see if with your generous support we can't beat last year's amazing total!

 

As a Benefice we have tried during the 'Coronavirus Pandemic' to support our schools and local community; so in July  we are holding two 'Special Community Services' which will firstly, 'Remember' those who have died during the 'Pandemic Era', will also give thanks for those who have helped by walking alongside us during the crisis and finally bring before God our future hopes. Both services are using the space outside so we can sing, as well as our church buildings which will allow us to light candles and serve refreshments. If you are like me and have lost a loved one in the past 18 months you will know how difficult it has been to give thanks for their lives in the way you would want, or perhaps you were not even able to attend their funeral. If you would like a loved one or friend remembered at these services please can you let Kathryn in the office have their name so we can remember them personally, just email her on; office@fromesidechurches.org.uk The services are being held, on 4th July at St James Iron Acton and 18th July at St Michaels Winterbourne, both at 4pm, so please do come and join us.

 

Services this Sunday are Holy Communion Services in our four churches at 10am, with an online service of Spiritual Communion at 3.30pm at: https://www.fromesidechurches.org.uk/recorded-services/

 

Finally, we need your help please in the completion of an online questionnaire (paper versions are available for those who prefer from each church), this will help us to establish a 'New Normal' going forward as we seek to serve you, in our community engagement, in our worship, and in our pastoral care of all people. Please click here to launch the survey  

 

God Bless you all and do stay safe.

 

Fr Malcolm

 

The Rectory, 70 High St, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JQ
 

Tel: 01454 776518   Email: m.strange@fromesidechurches.org.uk