Thoughts from the Vicarage 112

Greetings friends of the Valley

Please find attached the Pews News sheet for this Sunday, commonly known as stir up Sunday and is also when we celebrate Christ The King. Whatever terminology you prefer it is a favourite of Mr Vicarage and a reminder to get stirring your ingredients for the Christmas cake!

Thank you to all those who helped out at the Valley Acts of Remembrance in each village last weekend. And thank you to those who have written or spoken of your appreciation.

The Poppy Appeal Organiser (aka Mr Vicarage) is, as I write in his counting office with a small team of kind volunteers counting the cash. Watch this space next week as the total is revealed. One thing for certain is that the use of the card machines has proved to be very successful this year – which is great news for the ongoing work of the British Legion.

In other news …

The Berkshire Youth Bus arrived in Lambourn this afternoon and met a whole variety of people who joined in conversation/consultation re Youth provision in the Lambourn Valley. If you or any young people and children would like to have your say please share the survey here

St Michael’s Coffee and Chat meets every Monday from 2-4pm at the British Legion and all are welcome! If you would like to know more, please contact Keith on 07709 922211

The travelling nativity or Posada was a great success last year on social media! If you would like the Holy Family to stay with you overnight on their way to Bethlehem, please read the attachment and be in touch to sign up for a date (!) or sign up for a date in St Michael’s church.

Wednesdays @ 7

Wednesdays @ 7 is resuming for Advent when we will be sharing thoughts upon the spirit of Advent using Paula Gooder’s book The Meaning is in The Waiting available online and from bookshops. We will meet via Zoom (joining instructions on p2 of the attachment) on December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd – all welcome. If you’d like to know more or would like me to purchase a book for you, please be in touch.

Advent starts on Sunday the 28th of November – over the millennia the church has used this time to breathe, reflect and move closer to God. Next week, there will be some suggestions about what you could do … meanwhile let me know your thoughts and any suggestions you might have.

With best wishes


Revd Julie Mintern

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