Increasingly I find myself 'writing off' the month of August for achieving very much! True, there are often weddings planned and it's a very popular time for them. But as for too much planning, meetings and the like, it's usually not the best time to do those things unless they can't wait. Traditionally August is the month of the year, firmly in the school Summer holidays, when many – especially those with children – will take their holidays (if they can afford it, of course!) and in this your parish priest is no exception.
Sue will then make contact with interested parties and arrange a meeting to discuss how we can move forward. Contacts within your local churches are:-
St Andrew, Okeford Fitzpaine - Sue Le Riche. St Paul, Hammoon - Georgina Vestbirk. Holy Rood, Shillingstone - Judith Crompton. St Nicholas, Child Okeford - Ruth Allen. St Nicholas, Manston - Sue Le Riche
We are looking for a person to help look after the Church Centre and to deal with booking arrangements. The terms of this appointment are open to negotiation. Please contact either Penny Acton (01258 861819) or Chris Whitfeld (01258 860016) for further information.
FORWARD PLANNING ! DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 6th December 11am-5pm. Christmas Fayre in the Shillingstone Church Centre. Over 30 stalls of quality food and craft. Enjoy live music, Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Hot Roasted Chestnuts, and Santa's Grotto ! Then, in the evening at 6.30pm in Holy Rood Church, An Evening of Carols and Music and festive refreshments. See the posters in the Village!
From October, we will have guest preachers at our Benefice Eucharists. On Sunday 5th October at St Nicholas, Manston we welcome Mr Ian Carr, who is an independent evangelist and who will be known to many of you. All welcome!
St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham invite you to bless the start of the Revd Eve Pegler's pioneer ministry in Gillingham on Tuesday 28th October, 2014.The Rt Revd Graham Kings, the Bishop of Sherborne will lead the service with the Venerable Stephen Waine. Please come and pray for Eve and Jerome and the people of Gillingham. For those who would like to, and are able, please gather at 6pm to walk and pray from 49 Fernbrook Lane, Gillingham, SP8 4FLto the church. !The service itself will begin at 7.30pmat St Mary the Virgin, Queen Street, Gillingham, SP8 4AW.
Being a Christian
It is a fundamental duty and a joy of being a Christian to share one another's burdens in prayer, and come in the Spirit of Christ before God our Father, as we plead for the Church, the World, the Community and the Suffering.
In some of our churches you will find little Prayer Cards on which you may ask for a prayer on behalf of someone else or yourself. These will be used during Daily Prayer or may be incorporated in Intercessions at Worship on Sundays.
Salisbury Diocese Appeal
Fighting continues in parts of South Sudan. Almost a million people are displaced with over 3 million at risk of hunger. Our fellow Anglicans in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan are responding directly on the ground, and Salisbury Diocese has launched an appeal for money to help the church's development agency, SUDRA, which has the expertise, experience and networks to make sure assistance gets quickly to these who need it most. As well as providing relief, the South Sudanese Church is providing courageous moral leadership at great peril, speaking out against political and ethnic factionalism and revenge. Information about the appeal can be found at http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/