Dear friends

Happy Seventh Sunday after Trinity!

Today we reflected on Luke 12:13-21. This past week, I spotted an interesting question on a twitter feed (I paraphrase): What is the thing that has undone our society — in one word? There were many varied responses, and ‘greed’ came up again and again. I found this very apt in relation to today’s bible passage, as we consider the things we place value on… possessions or our relationship with God.

When we are so consumed with things, stuffing our lives with possessions, how do we give space to a deeper and more meaningful friendship with Jesus? This Luke passage, in my mind, speaks to not allowing the lure of ‘an abundance of possessions’ to distract us from the things of eternity. Because it is by seeking more of God in our lives, clinging to Jesus in prayer, scripture and fellowship with other believers that we are able to “be rich towards God”.

This morning at St Barnabas Church we had a wonderful fellowship at our first joint benefice service in quite some time. It was made more special as today we offered Holy Communion in two kinds for the first time in 2.5 years at St Barnabas Church (this had resumed at All Saint’s Church some weeks ago). We thank God for his faithfulness!

Many thanks to all who joined in and supported our online service. Please note there will be no zoom service in August.

Please find notices for August below. Lots going on across the benefice in the coming months, so please do stay connected.

Blessings,
Cathy


Notices July 2022

  • Saturdays 10-12 noon: St Barnabas Church is open on Saturdays. Refreshments offered. All are welcome!
  • Saturdays 10-11 am: Choir Practice at St Barnabas choir. Why not come along and join in! All are very welcome.
  • Sundays at 10 amPublic Worship:
    All are welcome to our act of worship on a Sunday mornings at All Saints Church and St Barnabas Church. We have resumed Holy Communion in 2 kinds at both churches.
  • Sundays at 4 pm, (Monthly)  — Online Service of the Word Meeting:
    Please note that the schedule for Zoom services is now monthly until further notice, the fourth Sunday of the month. Dates: 25/9, 27/11, 18/12. No service in August. Thank you to those who support this ministry, by coming along, those who lead, read, pray and play for music.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am — Morning Prayer:
    Why not come along? It’s a fantastic way to start your day/week!
  • Wednesdays at 7 pm, (Fortnightly) Contemplative Service:
    An opportunity for a quiet reflective service. Please note that our Contemplative Worship is scheduled as follows… 14/9 (All Saints), 28/9 (St Barnabas), 12/10 (All Saints), 26/10 (St Barnabas).

Life Events:
Please pray for weddings, baptisms and funerals across the benefice. Pray for all the couples/families, and for the ministry teams involved in preparation sessions and visits.

    • Funerals: Please uphold, bereaved families, Revd Barbara, and Funeral Directors in your prayers.
    • Baptisms: Please uphold baptismal families and ministry team in your prayers.
    • Weddings: Please uphold wedding couples in your prayers, those who’ve had their weddings this year and those who are planning future weddings.

Thank You!: A massive thank you to all those who support the ministry and mission of our churches. Many thanks to all who have assisted and facilitated the following outreach endeavours: benefice magazine, knitting and crafting for various projects, Art in Church, ’Bring and Share’ picnic, Jumble Sale, Messy Summer Fun amongst other activities and events that run weekly or on an ad-hoc basis.

Projects: Knitted squares for (1) blankets (Threshold Housing), (2) care bags (Harbour Project) and (3) knitted / crafted poppies. For more information and pattern ideas, please speak to Revd Barbara. Thank you for all your hard work in supporting these outreach activities.

Prayer Ministry: If you know anyone who would like to go on our Prayer Circle list, be prayed for at our Sunday services, and/or would like a phone call for a prayer — please contact Brenda Young (b-young7@sky.com), our Lay Minister. Please note we do need express permission from people before they are put on any prayer lists. Thank you.

Pastoral Ministry: Please let Revd Cathy or Revd Barbara know if anyone would benefit from receiving a phone call or card from the ministry team (they do not need to attend church on Sundays, but should reside in the parishes of Gorse Hill and Ferndale). Many thanks.

Extended Home Communion: If you know anyone who would value receiving Holy Communion at home, please let Revd Cathy or Revd Barbara know. Thank you.

Resource:Mission and Ministry in a Time of Trauma‘ now available to watch online.


Dates for Your Diary

End-August to End-October: ‘All God’s Children’ Exhibition
Exploring Bristol Cathedral’s connections to the transatlantic slave economy. Do call in to see the exhibition in the cathedral!

15th September 2022 11-1 pm: ‘Walk of Witness Bristol City Slave Trail’ 
All are welcome to join us for this walk of witness, which will conclude at Bristol Cathedral for lunchtime Eucharist.

19th September to 24th October, Mondays 7-8:30 pm: ‘Pilgrim’ Discipleship Course
Interested in exploring more about the Christian faith? Interested in going deeper with God? If so, why not join in with this six week course which will “help you to understand your Christian faith and see how it can be lived out each day.” Please contact Revd Cathy for more information. [There might be a possibility of running the course again in November/December or early 2023. If this day/time might suit you better, please let Revd Cathy know.]

Notices for August