St James, say thank you to those who came to our Cream Tea and Cake sale. We raised just on £300. Together with sales from our previous ‘cancelled’ event and donations from the Friday bible study group and the Amblers group we have a total of £500 to bank. We are so thankful for all your generosity.
Birdham Village Choir will be singing sea songs at Birdham Pool Classic Boat Weekend on Saturday 2nd September 11am.
Rehearsals resume Monday 11th September in Birdham Village Hall 6-7pm. Note not the church room due to building work. We will be working on British Choral Classics. All welcome. (Susan 512881)
Have you ever wondered what happens about free school lunches when there is no school? The local foodbank steps in! Children who can have free lunches get vouchers for 3, 2 week boxes over the 6 weeks of the holiday. The food bank estimate on the current rate of take up that they will provide 600 – 700 boxes, keeping between 200 – 250 children feed and happy over the summer.
Saya’s, the Co-Op, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, to name but a few – all major shops have a collection point (as does the cathedral). Next time you shop, add one or two items to your basket and drop it in the foodbank basket. Children deserve to have fun during the holidays, and they can’t do that if they are hungry.
Last Sunday a bucket collection was held in all our churches for the victims of the mudslides in Freetown where over one thousand have died or are missing and thousands more are homeless. It raised the staggering sum of £1,127.26! The money was transferred on Monday to the Diocese of Freetown who are looking after many of the victims and Bishop Thomas on hearing the news emailed to say it would make a huge difference. They are trying to find food, clothing and shelter for hundreds of people and do not have the resources. This will tide them over until the serious aid from agencies and governments becomes available. He wrote: “many thanks to our fellow brethren in your churches for their financial support and for sharing the love of Christ with us. It will definitely make a difference to the survivors lives”.
Last week he spent two days burying the dead, this week with your help they can start rebuilding the lives shattered by the calamity. Your generosity has made this possible. You have ‘loved your neighbour’ in a place and at a time when it really matters. It is the Lord’s work. Well done!
Bruce has sent a further note as follows:
I heard from Bo School Head Solomon this morning. He interviewed a girl for the second year yesterday. She had been on holiday with her aunt in Bo when she heard that her parents and 3 siblings had been killed in the mudslides. He said it was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to deal with.
The church’s celebration of The Harvest seems a long way off, although in reality its only 5 weeks away. But so many of us, fortunate to have a garden, are already harvesting our crops, and indeed some of God’s creation has already finished their ‘season’. The garden isn’t going to give me any more raspberries this year, the asparagus finished a long time ago and the beans are almost done, whilst the onions are lifted and hanging in the greenhouse. There’s still sweetcorn, and blackberries, and kale, and apples, the tomatoes are turning red, the cucumbers are ready, and I look with delight every day as my grapes start to ripen and change colour! God’s creation is ongoing, ever changing, and everyday offers us a new delight, a new view, a new experience!
The next few weeks, between now and our joyful celebration of The Harvest, will be full of harvest language in our churches, on the Quiet Day, in bible studies and prayer groups. We’ll talk of the gifts of the spirit, the gifts of God, how we can use them, grow them, embrace them. God’s creation is amazing, awesome, wonderful. God’s creation is you! We look forward to playing our small part in being God’s hands and voice in helping you grow into the gifts He has given you.
God of glory, the end of our searching, help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom, and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Baby Clemmie, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Father Clifford, Di Cawley and Robert Shippam
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Barry Field and Kenneth Wilson-Mellor
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Alistair Ghinn’s sermon theme will be “Something Vital to Pray”. At West Wittering (10.00) Annette Stickley’s sermon theme will be “Keeping Up Appearances”. At Itchenor (11.00) George Talbot’s sermon theme will be “Living Life on the Edge”.
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Birdham
Susan Monks’ sermon theme at 6.00 Evensong at West Wittering will be “God???”
Services for August
With school holidays and folk enjoying well-earned breaks the following service changes are in place for August.
27th August no Sung Eucharist or Children’s Service instead there will be a 10.00 Parish Eucharist
The Message will restart on 10th September.
No Sunday School until 17th September.
Sunday 27th August – Trinity 11
Isaiah 51. 1-6; Romans 12. 1-8; Matthew 16. 13-20
1 Corinthians 15. 1-11; Luke 18. 9-14;
2 Kings 6. 8-23; Acts 17. 15-end
Sunday 3rd September – Trinity 12
Jeremiah 15, 15-21; Romans 12. 9-end; Matthew 16. 21-end
2 Corinthians 3. 4-9; Mark 7. 31-37
2 Kings 6. 24-25; 7. 3-end; Acts 18. 1-16
The postponed Cream Tea that was due to take place at Irene Boyall’s house has now been moved to take place in St James Church at 3.00 on Saturday 26th August. Besides the cream teas there will be a raffle, cake stall and sale of handmade crochet articles. For further information please contact Irene on 670897.
In aid of St James’ Centre