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Welcome to Pews News 19th September
(one week to Harvest Festival)
www.stmarygoldington.com


Hands - Face - Space
Stay safe and think of others.


Thank you to all who completed our worship survey

Safe After Church Fellowship

My thanks to Sue, Dorothy and helpers for providing and serving drinks and cake in the church hall last Sunday.  If you can help one Sunday please let them know.
To keep us safe they are wearing masks and gloves while serving.
WE ASK YOU to keep them and each other safe.
1  Please use a hand sanitiser as you enter the hall.
2 Please wear your face mask until you have collected your refreshments.
3  Please use the outdoor space if the weather is suitable.
4  Please maintain physical distance from each other in the hall.
5  Please remove masks for eating and drinking.
We will keep doors and windows open and ensure the hall is safe to use so that we can all feel safe and enjoy fellowship together. Thankyou.

Everybody Welcome


IS NOT A TRAINING COURSE FOR THE SIDESPERSONS

It is for the whole church - including you.

Everybody is invited to come to a series of 4 meetings starting on 18th September to explore what a welcoming church looks like, and how we at St. Mary's can be the best welcoming church ever.
 

AIM of the Everybody Welcome Course


The aim of this training session is to review the whole way the church contacts its community. It should help members - by which we mean regular attenders, whether or not they are on the electoral roll or other members' list - to see the role and purpose of the different aspects of church life more clearly, and to work out how their church can make itself more visible and attractive to outsiders. The session should help each member of the congregation review and enhance their own part in the church's ministry of reaching out to the wider community.
There are motives for reaching out to the wider community other than that of providing pathways for people to join the church - we all share the same kingdom imperative to love our neighbours in need however they respond. But we should also have confidence in the power of the gospel and the love of the Church to attract at least some of our contacts to journey on into the community of Jesus Christ.
 
LINK TO EVERYBODY WELCOME SURVEYs
LINK TO EVERYBODY WELCOME COURSE READING MATERIAL

Everybody Welcome

We will cover four topics in the four sessions.
1  Discover - making the church more visible
2  The premises - making them more inviting
3  Welcoming - God and his welcoming people
4   Belonging - to the church community
The sessions lasting 1.5 hours will be on Saturday afternoons in and around our church.
Drinks served from 2pm for 2:30 start
We need as many people as possible from the different strands of our church to come and help shape the future of St. Mary's
September 18th
October 2nd 
October 23rd 
November 6th 
Please sign up on the lists in church so we can have enough booklets available before the course starts and then come to as many meetings as possible.
If you could make an evening meeting on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday rather than the Saturday ones please let Marcus or Simon know and we will try and arrange this.
PLEASE COLLECT YOUR BOOKLET THIS SUNDAY FROM MARCUS OR SIMON

Harvest Flowers and Church decoration
Saturday 25th September
10am-12noon 

We will be decorating the church for Harvest Festival.
Sat 25th Sept 10 - 12noon. Any help would be most welcome as would donations towards flowers. Please contact Sally 266552.
Thank you
Regards Sally
 

Harvest Lunch
Saturday 25th September
1pm Church Hall

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!
 
Do come to the Harvest Lunch which will be held in the Church Hall on the above date at 1.00pm.  The cost of the meal will be £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for children (12 years and under) and all profits will be given to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal which this year is ‘Water is Life’.  Please sign the list on the table in church if you would like to come.  Tickets are available from Dorothy Kirby (tel. 266425) or Sue Barker. (306139) -Please make payment as soon as possible -thank you.
Life in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is tough. With a history of civil war, widespread poverty and a cycle of conflict and displacement, communities struggle every day. Also, more than 70 per cent of the DRC population use unsafe drinking water and so daily encounter the devastatingly high risk of cholera, a preventable disease. The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2021, Water is Life, will bring clean water to many more communities in the DRC, bringing with it transformation to daily lives and hope for the future.
Please use envelopes distributed or put your donation in an envelope marked Harvest and place in the offertory plate in church.
 

Children's Society Annual Box Opening

Calling all Box-holders. Please bring your boxes to church during September so that I can empty them. If I'm not in church then ask a Churchwarden to put them in the safe. If you cannot come to church I am happy to collect and return boxes. Just call 01234 342724

Thank you,

Chris Chapman

MESSY CHURCH

Great News our Messy Church has received a grant of £250 towards a grand relaunch of activities thanks to Cathy's hard work. We are planning a BIG event for the end of October-offers of help  to Cathy.
 

PARKING

With more people coming to church we need to start thinking about parking.  Please share a lift if you feel able to. We have some disabled parking spaces in the carpark,  if you use these we ask that you display your 'BLUE TICKET' while doing so.  There is some extra parking space ona  Sunday up towards the VICARAGE.  Although not for general hall use, it is possible to park down one side of the access road to the vicarage as I shouldn't need to use my car while the service is on! but please leave access for cars.
Afghan Refugees
It is impossible not to be aware of the desperate need of the Afghan people leaving their country to seek a life of safety and sanctuary elsewhere, including in the UK, or to feel a deep impulse to help alleviate their suffering.
 Across the diocese, we have already shown great goodwill. This new leaflet, 'Blessing Afghan people arriving in the UK and those helping them,' is available online for download to provide some guidance about how we can support this need among the many others visible to us this season.

Diary

Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am Morning Prayer in church

September

18th 2pm for 2:30pm Everybody Welcome Course
19th 10:30am Welcomers meeting
19th 2pm Baptism-Gracie
19th 4pm Tradecraft Exchange
21st 7:30pm Messy Church Meeting
22nd 9:30am Communion Service
22nd 1:30pm Bowls 
22nd 7:30pm Bell Ringing
24th 9:30 Walking group - meet in church car park.
24th 1:30pm Knit and Natter
25th 10am Church Decorating
25th 1pm Harvest Lunch
26th 9:30am Harvest Festival
26th 12noon Baptism-Eltie
26th 4pm  Harvest Picnic

November 13th Autumn Fete

Everybody Welcome Course - All invited
2pm for 2:30pm in Church
September 18th
October 2nd 
October 23rd 
November 6th 

St Mary's Cuppa and Chat 

Wednesday 22nd September 11am 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6299226586?pwd=NFlZUWFtQzlZTU9ITGpjSU5CWFdNZz09
Meeting ID: 629 922 6586
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Prayers and Help

If you have a prayer request or need help please let one of us know.
Our phone numbers and email addresses are:
Revd Simon:  01234 351920,   the.revd.simon@gmail.com
Revd Jennie:  01234 266952,   jennie.cappleman@yahoo.co.uk 
Revd Marcus: 07498 843908   thecurate.stmarys@gmail.com
Church wardens
Cathy Sanderson  01234 346889   cathy.sanderson@hotmail.co.uk
Colin Last              01234356261   last555@btinternet.com

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