News for July 2018

Dear Friends,

The exams are over for our young people; the countdown to school holidays has begun; England, for the moment at least (!!), is still competing in the World Cup, and Wimbledon is about to begin! A good start to the month of July.

July can be a busy month at The Good Shepherd, as we try to fit in the meetings we need to have before people start going off on holiday.  As always, the hope is to keep August as free of meetings as possible so that everyone can have a good rest and chance to re-charge the batteries before September.

There are still quite a lot of events going on through July and August!  Let me draw your attention to some of them:

I very much hope you will be able to join us on Sunday 15th July for Good Shepherd Sunday.  Once again the service will be followed by our church barbecue.  Please do sign up, invite family members or friends to come, and pray for fine weather!

Once again members of our church are involved in running the Children’s Holiday Club based at Larchfield Community Centre.  This will run every morning from Tuesday 24th July to Friday 27th July. Extra volunteers would be very welcome! If you have children or grandchildren of Primary School age, do book them in to this Fun Event.  Spaces are limited.  Please keep the children, leaders and volunteers at the Holiday Club in your prayers.

Please do come along to the Coffee Morning at The Vicarage on Saturday 28th July between 10am and 12 noon. Once again, this is to raise much needed funds for our church. Children would be very welcome, accompanied by parents or carers. Contributions of cake would, as always, be very much appreciated. Do also come along to the Cream Teas on Saturday 18th August at the Community Centre from 3-5pm. This is always a lovely relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Do think of people you could invite or encourage to come along! 

Also, do look out for other dates, yet to be arranged – a Quiet Morning sometime in August, a Prayer Walk round Cox Green, and maybe one or two films to enjoy! Watch Bleatings for dates and further details.

Looking ahead to the autumn, I hope we can run another course for those who may be considering Baptism, Confirmation, a ‘refresher’ course, or just wanting to find out more about the Christian faith. Do let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer – especially those taking holidays in the coming weeks. If you are unable to get a break away, I do hope you can find time for rest and relaxation over July and August.

As we take time and space for holidays or relaxation in other ways, may we know the presence of the God who calls us into being, who longs that we should know and love him, and who promises to be with us always (whether at home or away).

Every blessing,