Dear Friends

Happy First Sunday after Trinity!

At our morning services at All Saints and St Barnabas we had the wonderful opportunity to affirm our Churchwardens and PCC members at a Commissioning service. It is a real gift and privilege when people are willing to take on these roles in service of God’s kingdom purposes. We thank God for each and every one of them.

It was also a joy to welcome Sebrina Miller and her family, Steve, Zella and Zadie, to the benefice. Sebrina who has just completed her first of two years at Trinity College will be on placement with us in the benefice for three weeks. We look forward to her time and ministry with us.

At our online service Revd Barbara Sheppard spoke to us on Mark 3:20-35.

“Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (v31-35).

Revd Barbara reminded us that as important as physical relationships are there is a sacred beauty in spiritual relationships as demonstrated in Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son. God loves each and every one of us with a parent love. Do you know that you are loved by God?

Many thanks to all who contributed at our worship event on zoom: Charles, Ruby, Judy and Jaynie (readers); Henry and Pam (prayers) and Malcolm (music). Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s worship event.

Blessings,
Revd Cathy

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Benefice Prayer Day: From the comfort of our own homes we will be praying for our churches and communities on Thursday, 10th June 9-2 pm. Even if you’re not formally involved in the Prayer Day, why not commit to taking half an hour out in your day to pray for the benefice. Thank you.

Outreach Partnerships: Revd Cathy has now completed the Safe Families volunteer training and will be be-friending/coming alongside families in Gorse Hill and Ferndale through the Christian organisation, Safe Families. All Saints and St Barnabas are also now Resource & Prayer Friends. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Safe Families, to support families in our local community, why not have a conversation with Revd Cathy.
More information on Safe Families.

Cathedral Poetry Competition: Why not get involved in the ‘Poetry and Faith: Conversations on Diversity’ poetry competition. Whether you’re new to poetry, emerging or established – why not have a go? Your link to Bristol might be “being in Bristol Diocese”. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, 30th June 2021. Please do share this competition widely. More information on the Cathedral Poetry Competition.

Happy First Sunday after Trinity!