Mother's Union and Knit and natter as usual in December. No knit and natter in January but there is Mother's Union.
I wish everybody a Happy Christmas and many Blessings in 2019.
During this Advent season and into 2019 we are all given a Bible verse to carry around with us, these are available in church. The bible verse is:
"All of us, with unveiled faces seeing the Glory of God as though being reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit." 2 Cor 3v18
There are a lot of events coming up in November in Burnham-on-Sea so we thought we'd provide you with some helpful information.
A Concert and Commemoration to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.
Did you know that there are 1.5 million Seafarers who risk their lives to bring us the vital goods we need to survive? Do you ever think about the challenges faced daily by those working far from home for long periods at sea?
Friday 14th December in Church at 7.30 pm
Please note that the date has been changed from the 24th November to 17th November.
Shared lunch in the hall from 12 noon onwards. Coffee will be in church. A list for food to bring is on the church crossing. Bring your own drinks.
As a quick look at the shops will tell you, “Christmas is coming.” Saint Andrew’s is planning to hold another Christmas Tree Festival with life size Crib Scene, in 2018.
The Children's Society are holding 2 events in October:
Coffee Morning - 13th October
Beetle Drive - 26th October
“May God bless us with just enough foolishness to believe we can make a difference in the world”.
We recall the life and ministry of St Francis in October, and his quote bears pondering upon.
Our Third Thursday group celebrated their first anniversary last week with help from the town's MP, James Heappey, and the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock.
I hope you have made a note to come to the Christian Aid Quiz on Friday 19th October – 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Last year we raised over £1000 and we are trying to do the same this year.
To be held on Saturday 29th September 2018.
My youngest Grandson, knowing me to be a fan of Winnie the Pooh, asked me to take him to the cinema to see the new film ‘Christopher Robin’. So we set out, him a very excited little boy, who brought his own Winnie The Pooh toys so that they could enjoy seeing themselves on the big screen.
During Lent and following Easter we have held a number of Soup lunches and devotional services. They have proved to be very popular so we will be holding some more. Watch this space!
On Friday 14th September there will be a Confirmation service at 7.00 pm. At this service candidates from across the deanery will make the promises of baptism for themselves and confirm their belief. The service will be conducted by the Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, the Bishop of Taunton.
We are delighted that our own Revd. Richard Sigrist will be speaking at our annual service. St. Andrew’s is a great supporter of the work of the Mission to Seafarers, both locally and globally.
The Edithmead Flower Festival will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.
You will read elsewhere in another article about a Confirmation service to be held in St Andrew’s in September. It seems a good time then to ponder on our own Confirmation – however long ago it might have been.
Thank you to all who were involved in Christian Aid Week this year, your gifts of time and money are greatly appreciated.
A special celebration took place during Evensong on Tuesday 8 May at Wells Cathedral as Tony Cook and the Revd Graham Witts were welcomed as Prebendaries and took their place on Wells Cathedral Chapter.
Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth are inviting everyone to join in the celebrations of the 40 years of friendship on 14 July for the ‘return fixture’ with a ceremony at Wells Cathedral and an after party at the Bishop’s Palace, as we welcome a group of Zambian guests to Somerset.
We all know the old adage, one volunteer is worth 10 pressed (wo)men. As we celebrate Volunteer Week 2018 (1-7 June) I want to give thanks for and to the thousands of volunteers across Somerset who love and serve our communities.
On May 15th we had our annual Cream Tea, with strawberries and cream. Our 100th birthday cake was made by Gill Miller and, at Graham’s suggestion, she used the Queen Mother’s favourite recipe, printed in ‘Families First’. Mary Witts made the delicious scones.
Last week I had the privilege of attending a special service in the centre of Derby, to celebrate and commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale in May1820.
The Midweek Soup and Reflection will take place on the following Wednesday's:
May 16th & 30th
June 13th & 27th
If you enjoy a good musical then you're in for a treat on Saturday 28th July as songs from Musicals are performed by local artistes at St. Andrew's Church.
We have tended to focus most of our efforts during Christian Aid Week.
St. Andrew’s has a long tradition of support for the Mission to Seafarers.