Weekly News Sheet

Newsheet 17/9/17

OTT mini holiday club on Friday 28 th Oct
We are planning a one day holiday club (10 am to 3 pm) called OTT (Old Testament Tales). We are looking for help in the kitchen and someone to help run the fun bits. Please speak to Julie if you are able to help in any
way. Please pray for the success of this event, that children will come and that we will have the opportunity to live out our mission statement.

Harvest Supper
Tickets for the Harvest Supper on 29 th Sept are available from Sue Lyons and Jan Buttery. Speak to them if you would like to help on the night or with the distribution of harvest gifts on Monday 2 nd October.

Harvest Appeal
The 2017 Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, ‘Full of Beans’, is supporting the development of community projects which transform the lives of people in remote rural villages of the Philippines – in the Tinglayan mountain district, they have discovered their soil is perfect for growing high quality beans.

The Bishop writes:
With your support to this year’s Harvest Appeal, ‘Full of Beans’, we hope that many more families can
experience this transformational change, become self-reliant, filled with dignity and hopeful for their future.

Thank you in anticipation of the support you plan to give to ‘Full of Beans’. Leaflets with more information are at the back of church.

Intercessions for those in need:
If a name is in brackets on the news sheet please pray for this person at home but if you are leading intercessions then do not read their name out, as they have requested that their name is not mentioned in church.

Please let Cathy know if you would like your name in brackets.

Welcome Team
As you know Joan has stood down as Welcome team organiser after many years’ service. Once again, our grateful
thanks to Joan. Jane Nugent and Joyce Archibald have taken over organising the rota. Please bear with us while we’re learning the ropes. We urgently need more people to join the teams, so if you would be willing to help please speak to Jane or Joyce.

Message from Cathy
As I am sure you will understand this is an extremely difficult time for me, Iain’s departure has come as a terrible shock to me and is absolutely devastating.

The Bishop has given me a period of “compassionate flexibility” in which I can take time off as I need to give space for healing and adjusting to living alone. I am very grateful that Tony Sellers has stepped in take last week’s service and the two wedding blessings... I’m not finding it at all easy to cope with what has happened but I will aim to work the 1⁄2 time hours that I am licensed to do if I possibly can.

I appreciate immensely the messages of comfort and support I have received, and all those who have been supporting me both practically and emotionally. Please do continue to pray for me, the children and grandchildren and for Iain too.

Thank you for all your contributions in the Azalea trug at the back of church. They really like nutritious food like beans and big soup. For more information on what to donate speak to Joan or Jane van der Merwe.

Please pray for the sick and individuals in need:
 Pray for those with ongoing health needs: Paul and Janie Davies; Phil Scott, Ron
and Julie, Mary and Ken Hudson, Eileen’s daughter Pauline, and Allan Briggs,
Harry Smith, Jacki Chenery, Siobhàn, Peter Carr, father-in-law to Jan and Alan’s
son Matthew, (Joan)
 For Val Church recovering from her operation.
 For Pat recovering from an operation on her lung.
 Dave Ackrill (formerly of The Rising Sun) is recovering at home. Sadly, his wife, Lily
also has cancer and is having chemotherapy. Keep them both in your prayers at this
difficult time.
 Pray for Allan Briggs still in hospital. Physios are working to get him home with
oxygen. Please pray for a complete recovery. And strength for Sue at this difficult
 Please pray for Dave Jarvis with terminal cancer and Judy with kidney problems.
 For Peter and Tammy as they care for Jean and for Tammy as she applies for jobs.
 For Jenny, now at home with Joyce and Susan, recovering from her operation.
 For Cathy, Iain and family, at this difficult time.

Praying for our Community, Mission Partners and Ministry
 For Lynne as she continues her training. She is currently on a 6 week placement in
Studham, Whipsnade and Kensworth
 For Tjino Mungunda, whose studies at the Namibia Evangelical Seminary College,
we help to fund through Crosslinks.
 For all those who have recently moved on from St. Andrew’s that God would be
with them and lead them and guide them. And for those of us who remain that God
would help us in our experience of loss that God would bind up wounds, bring us
together in unity and give us hope for the future.
 For children and students settling in to a new academic year, and for all their
teachers. Please pray for Helen Brind, the new Headteacher at SEVS, and that we will
continue to have a good relationship with the school.
 Many of our Little Stars have graduated to playgroup and school. Pray that they will
settle in well. Pray that new families will come along to our Wednesday sessions.

 I’m really grateful to all those who have taken on extra ministries this summer to
help us to continue to worship together. Thank you to those who are taking on more
responsibilities over the autumn term.
 Thank you for the donations in aid of Hurricane Irma. We have sent a cheque for
£316 to the Diocese to help survivors rebuild their communities
 Thank God for good fellowship at he first meeting of our new Alpha Course on

Vicar: Rev' Cathy Pullinger (vicar@slipend.co.uk) Church Phone 01582 725061 - Church mobile 07425 148046 - Vicarage Phone 01582 480391
Churchwarden: Nick Sandle (723029)
Reader: Richard Palmer (462127)