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Caring for God’s Creation

20th May 2018 Pentecost Sunday

 

St Augustine’s Church cares for God’s creation. We are concerned about the problem of plastic in the world’s oceans.

Genesis 1: 26-28:
And God spoke: Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature

So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air,
the cattle and yes, the Earth itself.

Our Peace & Justice group invited Helen Hutchinson (who used to be the diocese’s environmental officer)
to share her knowledge and experience on this topic with us.

Helen reminded us that:
It is no longer enough to be aware.

We must pray,
reflect and then take action.

Here are some ideas for taking action:

If you can’t use it, refuse it!

Don’t buy water in bottles
Don’t buy stuff with microbeads in it
Do buy unpackaged food
Do use biodegradable or non-plastic shopping bags
Do use paper, steel or bamboo straws

A group of us used some plastic packaging to make this piece of art.
We hope that having it on display will keep this important issue at the forefront of our minds.

Psalm 24-1

The earth is the Lord’s , and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters. 


Race Night – Saturday 28th April

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A good crowd were at our annual Race Night and it was the usual hectic, noisy and fun-packed evening! It was good to see friends from the community supporting the event, along with members of the congregation. There were 5 horse races followed by a novelty race – pig racing. One of the best comments of the evening came when one person, having seen the preview of the pig race, asked “Can we see it again” and it was gently pointed out the race had not actually started.

The excellent food was prepared and served by Anne & Jean – it was a lasagne with salad and bread followed by apple and blackberry or gooseberry crumble and cream. Not only did the two ladies deal with the food but they also managed the tote – taking bets and paying out the winnings so they had a very hard-working evening.
Barry kept everything moving and commented that the crowd was extremely well-behaved, doing almost everything right! All the technology was managed by Dave and this meant that the evening went without a hitch. Dave and Barry were delighted by the ladies at a table at the front who made sure they shared their nibbles to keep them going. We had a raffle with a large number of prizes and there was the usual discussion about which prize to choose – even when there were only two left!

Everyone enjoyed the evening and we made a terrific profit of £520 so many thanks to the generosity of all those who came along. If you did not make it this year, look out for the date next year and come along to join in the fun.

Barry George

New All-Age Choir at St Augustine’s

Our new All-Age Choir was set up at the end of February. We currently have 18 members ranging from age 7 to 70ish. We rehearse on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month at 10am and sing at our All-Age Service which is on the 4th Sunday of every month at 10:30am.

Fun and friendship is at the heart of this choir. We enjoy singing a wide range of different musical styles. At our first service as a choir, which focused on the theme of prayer, we sang the South African song ‘Woza Nomthwalo/Come, bring your burdens to God’ in four part harmony. We also sang a John Bell chant based on Psalm 30:11 called ‘Lord, you can turn all mourning into dancing’. This chant was accompanied by some boomwhackers (tuned percussion tubes) played by some of our younger members. From the wider congregation’s feedback afterwards it was clear that the All-Age Choir had deeply enriched our church’s worship. We are currently working on the music for our All-Age Communion Service on Palm Sunday. The All-Age Choir will lead the singing as we process into church from the Mayfield green. They will also sing the beautiful Nina Simone song ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free’ as we remember Jesus who comes to us in peace offering us the freedom we all long for.

All are welcome to join our All-Age Choir. Here’s a photo of us after our first service in February:

 

Beat the February Blues

We had a fantastic social event to warm our hearts and lift our spirits during the February freeze. There was a quiz (including a tasting round!) for our adults and games and activities for our children. It was great to spend time together and share a tasty home-cooked meal.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

at St Mary’s RC Primary School

During Collective Worship with Revd Ricky, the children at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School had a fantastic time celebrating and praying for Christian unity throughout the world. They read the story of The Pink Cricket by Giles Andreae and thought about Jesus’ prayer for unity (John 17:12). They gave thanks that Christians are all different and yet one and they asked God to help all Christians work together to make the world a more beautiful place.

 

RE Active Church – Christmas Angels

We had a lovely time working with the children in classes 2 to 6 from St Augustine’s Academy on the 8th and 15th December. Together we explored the significance of angels in the Christmas story. We had a really engaging and interesting time together – as well as lots of fun!

St Augustine’s

Write for Rights Campaign

On Wednesday 13th December our Peace and Justice Group
organised an Amnesty International Write for Rights evening.
We wrote over 30 cards and letters offering words of support and
solidarity to those whose human rights are being abused
and words of challenge and truth-telling to those in power –
calling for justice to be done.

For more information see: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxSQWh4OChY & https://www.amnesty.org.uk/write-rights-2017

We long for the coming of God’s reign of

love and mercy, justice and peace…

 

Let justice roll down like waters
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24)

 

Congratulations to Kieran and Georgie

 

who got married at St Augustine’s Church on Saturday 25th November

 

This was a very special and beautiful wedding 

 

We wish them every joy and blessing in their married life together!

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