Dear Friends

Happy Tenth Sunday after Trinity!

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth. I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.” (Psalm 34:1)

At today’s service we explored the gift and privilege of gathering around the feast of the Eucharist. At God’s table, all are welcome to receive God’s mercy, compassion and grace. And, the question for us is… Do we make room for others at God’s table? Because in the act and ritual of Holy Communion, what we share is more than a meal. In our fellowshipping with God and each other at the Eucharist, we are prepared for a purpose, to be Christ’s hands and feet and voice in our communities of Gorse Hill and Ferndale.

Jesus, the Bread of Life, calls us to that transforming and redeeming work. This is a lifelong journey of faith, and we are invited every week to participate in God’s salvation work. Will you be open to Jesus’ invitation this week – to bring others to God’s Holy Table?

Many thanks to all who contributed at our online worship event. We are thankful to Brenda, Henry, Pam, Barbara who read for us. We really appreciated Malcolm playing for us ‘Spirit of the Living God’ and ‘Brother, Let Me Be Your Servant’. Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s service.

And, as I now take my annual leave until the end of August, may I wish each and every one of you God’s strength, love and favour over the next few weeks. Stay well, and go steady!



Prayers for Safe Families:

Please join with us this month in praying for:
• Summer Holidays: Please continue to pray for those who find the school summer holidays difficult. That God will bring peace and keep our children and families safe.
• Rest: Please pray for all the staff and volunteers who will be taking some much needed rest over the summer
• New volunteer approvals: Our Community Volunteer Managers use August to catch up with lots of administrative tasks particularly relating to approving new volunteers. Please pray that the process is efficient as possible and for these volunteers as they start their journey with us.
• Family Support Team: Please pray for our Family Support Team as they continue to support families and active volunteers throughout the summer.


Upcoming in Autumn

Exploring Christianity
Interested in deepening your faith? Why not sign up for the ‘Spirituality’ module on the Exploring Christianity course. Please speak to Revd Judy Ashby for further details. Many thanks.

Mission Action Planning Meeting
Thursday, 9th September 10-11:30 pm (St Barnabas Church)
An opportunity to pray and reflect on how God might be calling us in the mission and ministry of our churches over the next 3-5 years. We will be welcoming Amy Williams from Crosslight to speak to us.

Ride and Stride
Saturday, 11th September at All Saints and St Barnabas Church. Able to volunteer to welcome visitors on the day, please speak to Jenny Roe or Julie Hailstone.

‘Regeneration Gorse Hill’
Thursday, 16th September 7-9 pm at St Barnabas Church. A meeting to share ideas on the possibilities of developing our St Barnabas Church halls. Please be assured that this is a preliminary exploratory conversation. If you’re able to join us, please do come along! If you’re unable to attend on this occasion, perhaps you could commit to praying for us as a benefice as we seek God’s leading at the potential of developing our church halls at St Barnabas Church to serve better our friends, partners and communities. Thank you.

Summer Reading Group
In August/September you are invited to read Paula Gooder’s ‘The Parables’. You can purchase this book from Amazon. We will have an informal discussion around Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 in September, as follows:
• Tuesday, 21st September 10-11:30 am (Vicarage)… Chapter 6
• Tuesday, 28th September 5-6:30 pm (Vicarage)… Chapter 8

Cathedral Poetry Festival
Thursday, 14th October 4:30-6pm at Bristol Cathedral. Date for your diary.

The Roots and Branch Synod (a Catholic Conference)
Might be of interest? Held in September both in person (Bristol) and on Zoom.

Happy Tenth Sunday after Trinity!