Warden's Parish News 7 August
This week’s service is our combined 9am service at which Tony Gardiner will preside - thank you Tony for this ministry to us.
As there are 5 Sundays in August the services on 30th (8am and 10am) will be reserved sacrament services.
The funeral to farewell Vera was a wonderful occasion – the service, taken by Rev. Monty Black was truly lovely with some beautiful eulogies from the family. It was lovely to see Jonathan (Berkahn) playing for Vera and her family.
One service at 9am
Following our return to worship post lockdown, we have moved to having three services per month where there is an 8am and 10am service, and one Sunday where we join together at 9am as a total Onslow Anglicans family.
This was our parish families preferred way of worshipping. Having had this in place for three months the wardens have reviewed how well it is working. What we have found is that much as this is our preferred option the logistics of having two services on most Sundays is becoming unmanageable. There is a limited number of priests willing to do ‘locum’ services – we are very lucky to have the regular priests that we do. We have been given advice from Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala that she feels that at the moment one service is the way to go.
The numbers at each service indicate that a combined service would be more sustainable and have many benefits for us all not least of which are the rosters and people’s availability for these roles. Another major benefit would be the coming together of the two communities. Many commented that it was lovely to catch up with those who attend a different service.
Should vestry decide to go forward with one service it is suggested that the services vary each week, so all people’s tastes are accommodated. For example, the first Sunday of the month could be a family style Eucharist, the second and fourth an 8am style service, and the third a standard 404 service.
Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
The parish post Covid-19 lockdown
Many people have commented how much they enjoyed the phone tree ring around that vestry did during lockdown. This has given us all the chance to get to know people better and deepen relationships between us all. We hope to be able to plan some events to give the opportunity to get together and keep these things going so……………
A reminder about Pink Ribbon Fundraiser
Breast cancer, and other cancers, have touched a lot of our parish families.
We thought it would be nice to help this good cause and have some fun at the same time. Maybe a breakfast, a lunch, or an afternoon tea?
Suselle has very kindly offered to co-ordinate this event so it would be great if someone could step up to help her – it doesn’t have to be one person – if a couple of you were able to help here the task would be split three ways. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are willing to do this
The next working bee to both garden and do some further general tidying up will be on 29 August from 9am-12 noon. Morning tea will be provided so come along, enjoy some fellowship (there’s always a great buzz of conversation as people catch with each other) and help make our church and the grounds look lovely ready for spring.
Don’t forget the new small group starting on Monday.
Come join us Monday evening 10 August for the launch of a new weekly small, home group at Jennifer & David Hammond's house (4 Nadia Grove). We'll begin 7:30 pm with a shared meal (main dish provided-bring a side or dessert) followed by introductions and Bible study. Contact 479 0223 or 021 0277 5255 (Jennifer).
Please keep Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala in your prayers as she recovers from being unwell. Bishop Ellie is on the road to recovery and thanks everyone for their payers and support – there is still a long road ahead of her, so your prayers are still needed here.
Breathe in My light
breathe in My soul
breathe in the world and hold it there
While it rests in your heart
pulsating and pure
stay still and wait with no fear
Breathe on it, love
breathe on it, life
breathe on it, light, it is my soul
Then – let it go.
Flora and Lee
Flora 021 246 9846 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee 021 029 91480 - email@example.com