Thoughts from the Vicarage 156

Greetings on this beautiful, if slightly brisk Autumnal morning,

We have another busy weekend coming up including the Baptism of Reggie Prescott in Lambourn. Please find attached Pews News for this Sunday coming as East Garston and Lambourn celebrate Harvest with all gifts of produce going to the West Berks Foodbank. Great news that the Valley will be making such a super contribution this week as our school is also celebrating Harvest with gifts to West Berks Foodbank.
If you’d prefer a quieter more contemplative service you will be welcome at either 8am BCP in Lambourn or 9.30 in Eastbury.

Thank you very much to all those who have donated to St Michael’s Gift Day. Each gift is truly appreciated and will go to the projects set out for this year – we will let you know! Should the Gift Day have slipped your mind – it’s not too late to donate what you are able, either via The Vicarage letterbox or through the wall safe in Church.

Talking of going into church do remember our churches are open for everyone … I wonder how you’ve been feeling lately … sad, grieving, worried, thankful or something different. If you’re looking for a bit of a listening ear you are always welcome to have a chat but you may also find help from some super new prayer cards in each church. Each offers a short bible verse, using the psalms, along with a short prayer that you can make your own. There are twelve in total each addressing different feelings which we all from time to time experience – speaking for myself!

Why not give it a go and share that source of help with others. They are free to take away and use at home or wherever. They will be in East Garston and Eastbury from Sunday

And finally, a reminder of two regular activities that take place on Mondays and to which all are welcome. Lambourn Lambs (9.45 – 11.45) is what it says on the tin! It’s for babies and pre-school toddlers to bring along their mums, dads, grannies, nannies to a wonderful morning of play, chat, snack and sing in the Lady Chapel of St Michael’s Lambourn. It is a great way for those new to the Valley to get to know others and for friendships to be forged.

Similarly, with a view to fun, friendship, tea and cake St Michael’s coffee and chat (2-4pm at the British Legion) is open to all and is a haven of warmth and friendship for those who’d enjoy an afternoon of pleasant company and conversation. It’s super for those who aren’t able to get out as much as they used to and would simply like some company. All are welcome – simply ask Keith aka Mr Vicarage for more information on 07709 922211

And really finally, as we celebrate the bounties of God’s creation and pray that we may be good stewards of His creation please, please come along, along with your friends to the Vicarage garden, ring the bell, and pick your own apples #freefood Please share this far and wide!

God bless


Revd Julie Mintern

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