We welcome back Revd Catherine Hutton and look forward to hearing about the fruits of her sabbatical during the summer in the days to come.
Once again we shall be participating in the annual Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk, which encourages people to visit historic churches in and around the city this Saturday, 9 September, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Half the proceeds are donated to the Trust; our half will help our Mission Project, The Vidiyal Trust. Forms and details from Sandra Brown.
We shall also be opening our Church on two Heritage Open Days, on 8 and 9 September. We look forward to welcoming visitors to look around our Church from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Please see Pauline Mann if you’re willing to help.
We shall be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday 17 September. Please see Evelyn Lovatt or Maureen Brookman if you’d like to offer gifts of flowers, foliage or money to help towards decorating our Church. Evelyn or Maureen will be pleased to give you more information. Gifts of non-perishable food items will also be welcome for St Martin’s Housing Trust and should be brought on Saturday morning, 16 September, so that they can be included in our Harvest displays.
We look forward to another Bulb Sale on two Saturdays, 16 and 23 September, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm at Chapel Field Road. The proceeds will be divided between The Vidiyal Trust and the funding of a solar-powered water pump for a drought-ridden area in Northern Kenya.
The Methodist Women in Britain District Day will be in Ely on Wednesday 11 October in Ely, when Ruth Arnold will be commissioned as the new District President. The speaker will be Bishop Everald Galbraith from Jamaica. A coach will pick up from Chapel Field Road at 8.20 am; the fare is £10.00. Please contact Margaret Snelling as soon as possible to book your seat.
The September issue of Contact, our Church magazine, is out today. Do ask the Pew Stewards for your copy. Items for the October issue should be with Pauline Mann by 17 September.
The recent Foodbank Open Day was impressive. It was fascinating to see the way in which donations are sorted and stored, and the categories of diets which are catered for, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and halal. Boxes are made up to cater for various needs, from families with children to single people who, because of their circumstances, only have a kettle to ‘cook’ with. It’s clear that your weekly response to the shopping list overleaf is much appreciated.
You’re invited to join with other churches in praying this week for St Andrew’s and for the theatres and cinemas in our city.
Take my talents, take my skills,
take what’s yet to be;
let my life be yours, and yet,
let it still be me.
John Bell: StF 513