It has been good to see many of you in church over the past few weeks. I want to thank everyone for the way you have respected the guidelines and yet kept connected and supportive of each other. I really hope and pray the 19th July sees the lifting of some of our existing restrictions.
Last weekend I conducted the wedding of Emily Mann and Charles Johnson at St Mary’s Church. It was a very happy occasion as the bride and groom spoke their vows surrounded by family and friends.
Our next wedding is at Holy Trinity on the 17th July . Please pray for Jean Luc Lafitte and Naomi Murphy.
This Sunday we have a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s 9.30am & Matins 11am at Holy Trinity. Please use the booking email if you would like to attend. If you forget, please come anyway and we will book you in at the door. There will be an online service on our websites. www.hartfieldchurch.org and www.colemanshatchchurch.org
Sunday 11th July we will be holding Songs of Praise services outdoors ( weather permitting) at both churches. Do bring a friend or a neighbour. It would be a lovely way to introduce them to church. We will also be baptising Mollie Mason at St Mary’s.
A huge thank you to the Trinity Café team who prepared some lovely refreshments for those attending Godfrey Dann’s Memorial service. Everyone worked so hard and the family and friends really appreciated all the care that was given. Thank you!
Please pray for our PCC’s as we begin to prepare a draft Mission Action plan for discussion at our away mornings in September.
Holy Trinity 12th July & St Mary’s 13th July. I really want to encourage you to put the vision away mornings in your diaries.
Holy Trinity away morning in Trinity Hall 11th September. St Mary’s away morning in church 18th September.
Our dear friend Sheilah Fenton died this week. We send our love and prayers to her children, Jane and Mark and their families. Sheilah was a long standing member of the Mothers Union. Her service will take place at St Mary’s on Monday 26th July at 2pm.
Please continue to pray for Jane Holland. Jane was due to have biopsies on her kidneys and liver. These did not happen due to an infection. Please continue to pray for Jane and for David and their family.
Please pray for St Mary’s School as they prepare for their school production and end of year leavers service.
Collect Prayers for Sunday.
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Sabbath Wisdom for a Post-pandemic
World by Brother Sam SSF
Sabbath is a time of taking stock, of re-learning wisdom, of recognising and giving thanks for the grace of God which has led and held us.
Keeping #Sabbath is about being attentive to – and participating in – God’s abundant creativity, overflowing love and joyful delight.
Read Br Sam SSF’s beautiful reflections here.
Please do get in touch if you would like a visit or someone to pray with you.
With love from Julie