Thoughts from The Vicarage 241

Thoughts from The Vicarage with a reminder, dates and a prayer

Greetings as we come to the day of the General Election and look ahead to Sunday! Please find Pews news attached.

If you haven’t voted yet – you are not alone! Personally I’ve been thinking about voting for the party which most aligns with my faith, dreams, vision and hope for the future of the country and community we are part of. Also, if you haven’t voted yet don’t forget to take your ID with you too.

Important dates and events coming up. Please put these into your dairy and support the activities of the Lambourn Valley Benefice. Any query simply ask!

  • Wednesday July 17th 1.30 – Leavers service at St Michael’s
  • Saturday 20th July 12.30 – Bring and share lunchtime party at The Vicarage 4 Newbury Street Lambourn for Bruce and Eileen to which all are welcome!
  • Sunday 21st July 11.00 – Bruce & Eileen’s farewell service at St Michael’s
  • Sunday 21st July 2pm – Fideua lunch at the home of Mary & Henry, Oakfields East Garston, in aid of the East Garston Tower Fund. Please book a space 01488 648466
  • Sunday28th July 10.30 – St James Patronal Festival welcoming Reverend Liz Jackson to preside and preach.
  • Sunday 4th August – Fideua lunch at the home of in aid of the East Garston Tower Fund
  • Sat August 17th 2.30 – Lambourn Angels singing at the Village Flower Show @ The Sports Club
  • Saturday September 14th – Ride & Stride event for each Parish and Gift Day at St James
  • Saturday September 21st 9.30 – 1.30 – Benefice away day at The Village Hall East Garston with lunch
  • Sunday 29th September 10.30 – St Michael & All Angels Patronal Festival
  • Sunday 3rd November 10.30 – All Saints Patronal Festival

Myself and Mike Saunders of St Laurence, Hungerford have been developing the idea of holding a local lay worship leaders course with the emphasis on the ‘local’ for rural parishes. This will be, but not exclusively, for those who may be interested or feel called to become more involved in leading non Eucharistic worship. The dates are all Wednesdays and will most likely be 7.00 -8.30 on September 4, 11, 18, 25 October 2, 9. Please begin to think and pray about this.

Finally, a reminder that we will presenting Bruce and Eileen gifts on July 21st to mark their farewell. Amanda, who is also standing down from being a Churchwarden, will be coming amongst the congregation on Sundays with a card to sign. Please share this with others so that all who wish may be included. If you wish to donate to such a gift please pass it to the Treasurer Ian Courtney, place it in an envelope and give it to myself or pay directly via direct debit with BL gift reference.
Account name: PCC Lambourn Sort Code 60-11-28 Account number 79238394

And very finally a prayer;

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our common life,
and our democracy by which it is ordered
Help us play our part by loving you with all our heart,
And our neighbours as ourselves.
We pray for all our leaders and those who are elected this week,
That in all they do they may look to you,
The source of all that is good and loving and holy
The source of all wisdom

God bless, Julie



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