Sunday 27th September
Morning Prayer in St Michaels, Hill at 10.30 am (Harvest Festival)
Sunday 4th October
Harvest All Age Communion in St Marys, Berkeley at 10.30 am
Evening prayer in St Marys, Berkeley at 10.30 am
At the moment All Saints' doesn't have a vicar, so for general enquiries please contact the churchwarden, Naomi Sargent: 01454 260376
For enquiries about weddings and funerals, please contact David Bainbridge: 01453 810049
To find out about our wild flower project, check our graveyard page.
'Thought for the Day'
Sunday 20th September
Close to the centre of our Bibles is the book of Psalms – a collection of 150 prayers and songs which covers the whole gamut of human emotions which are still relevant to us today. Still central to our worship – a psalm is included in a service of the word usually in the form of a hymn. Today’s Psalm 145 has 5 hymns connected to it in our hymn book including “Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven” and “Let Everything that has Breath”*. Singing these hymns as a part of communal worship is incredibly uplifting. In these Covid times congregational singing is curtailed, but I think we shall see the Psalms being used in creative ways in our worship to continue the unbroken bond: “One generation will commend your works to another and they will tell of your mighty acts” (verse 4).
As you may have read previously, I have had health issues this summer. I had surgery to remove a benign brain tumour at the end of August and I am recovering well. Again, I have been overwhelmed by the thoughts and prayers from friends and family from near and far. I particularly want to thank Jean & Alice for their counsel and support which comes from personal and family experience. Alice has described the experience as “aweful” – deliberate spelling. Surgery, with all its risks is awful. I have been battered and bruised, and Covid shielding has added to the burden for the family. Modern medicine is miraculous though. I was up on my feet withing 24 hours and home in four days. Truly awesome.
David’s psalm of praise encourages us to exalt God the King and to praise his name for ever and ever. “I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works” (v 5&6).
I will continue to give thanks for the skill of the surgeon and the care of the medical teams, and look forward to the time when we can sing our hearts out to praise all God’s awesome works. “If we could see how much you’re worth, your power, your might, your endless love, then surely we would never cease to praise”*.
Pam Curtis – Informal Worship Team
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During the next few months there will be a 10.30 am Sunday service each week in one of our three churches. Our Lay Readers, the ‘Eleven’ team and the Stone Leading Worship team have stepped into action to take the majority of these services, and we have priests booked for Parish Communion services during late August. Risk assessments and careful planning to manage services have been done for each of our very different churches. It is a good idea to arrive early for a service so you have enough time to ‘check in’ - hand sanitising and finding a socially distanced seat mean it could take longer to settle in. You'll be asked for a name and contact number from each ‘bubble’ so we can assist ‘Track and Trace’ if need be. Don't forget to bring a face covering.