Monthly Prayer: – We pray for our wardens and church council as they continue to lead the church, as interregnum begins and all preparations are underway in seeking a new vicar. We pray for your wisdom and guidance in all our church leaders offer in service to our church community, and the sensitivity they need to hear your voice leading, prompting and encouraging. Lord, please bring us the person you want to be the next vicar here, for your purposes to be fulfilled and your Kingdom to come; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Weekly Prayer Focus: Loving God, may we and all your people know with certainty that when all around seems insecure, when the mountains are shaken and the hills removed, your unfailing love for us will not be shaken and your covenant of peace will not be removed. Amen (Isaiah 54 v.10)
By now, all members of our congregations should have received a personal letter from Richard Auger, chair of the PCC, about the problem with parish funding. If you have not received a letter, or have questions about the content, please talk to Richard, the Treasurer, one of the Wardens, or a member of the PCC. If you have received the letter, with inclusions, please consider the appeal and your response. Our Parish Administrator, Sandra, will manage any changes you make to your giving. Many thanks from all members of your PCC. We will update you with the outcome of the appeal.
We entered interregnum (a period without a minister) officially on 1st September. The efforts to find and appoint a new minister are already well under way. The Parish Profile, describing the parish and our needs of our new minister, is already with our Patron, Archdeacon Hayward Osborne. The Archdeacon will progress recruitment on our behalf. The Archdeacon has been asked to place an advertisement of our vacancy in the Church Times, which is the most effective way of encouraging applications for the vacancy. Your Parish Representatives will work with the Archdeacon to make an appointment as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as we proceed through the process.
Sparkhill F.B. receives generous food donations from churches during harvest. This year, we are grateful for food donations, but the greatest need is for toiletries. The food bank have asked whether we can supply some as part of our Harvest donations. E.g.toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, shaving items. Sparkill F.B. are always very grateful for all of our donations. Alicia Hartland 01214456053
HAMLIN FISTULA HOSPITAL IN ETHIOPIA:
We have received a ‘thank you ‘ note from Hamlin Fistula UK, thanking everyone for their knitted donations. Six shawls, six baby cardigans and numerous knitted squares of all colours were sent from our church. Please keep knitting baby cardigans, squares and blankets.
Thursday Evening Prayer: 7- 8pm Holy Trinity, Lickey – everyone is welcome to join us for prayer. Please come to the chancel if you wish to join the group but you may wish to simply come into the congregation space and pray silently. We do not want anyone to be excluded. It is your church to seek God in the way that best suits you.
WEEKLY SERMONS: Have you missed church any week? You can catch up with the sermon by going to the church website lickeychurch.com and clicking on “resources” then “sermons” – just choose the one you missed, or any you want to hear again! Nick
COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT: 10.30am
At the Wheel at St. Catherine’s on Friday 22nd September. Early McMillan Coffee Morning. All welcome
OTHER DIARY DATES:
24th September – Harvest Thanksgiving in both churches.
12th November – 6pm – Memorial Service at Holy Trinity, Lickey
26th November – St. Catherine’s Patronal Festival. Joint service at 9am for Holy Trinity and St. Catherine’s (no 10.30 service that day) followed by lunch at St. Catherine’s at 1pm.
2nd December – Christmas Fair (Holy Trinity Church)