This was such a wonderful ending to Sunday evening last week, and great to be together with a diverse group from across the churches and beyond. Beautifully led by Milly, with sensitively chosen music from Clay. With technology there are always things to learn, so when we come together next time the speaking and the music will sit alongside each other. Why not come and see next month?
It’s hard to avoid our own mortality in these times when we have daily reminders of how fragile life can be. If you would like to do something positive, both as a spiritual exercise for yourself and as a compassionate exercise for those we will leave behind, you may like to fill in one of the ‘ideas for my funeral service’ booklets produced by the Church of England. They will help you think and talk through everything from where you would like your service to be and what type of service through hymns and readings to coffins and donations. If you would like one of these, please get in touch with Kate and she will make sure you get one.
‘I’m chipping away with a 30min run 4 mornings a week – 17.2k so far…’
Since the commencement of lockdown I have had to forgo other forms of exercise which have been replaced by a daily walk. Walking in the woods at the end of a long day in my NHS work is proving vital in restoring mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. I have walked about 25km in the first 4 days of May.
‘2 miles a day everyday – alternating running and cycling – feeling pretty good & energised about it…’
This gives me extra motivation to get out and do some exercise knowing it will be some good somewhere.
Randwick Primary School is looking for someone to join our governing body as a Foundation Governor.
This is an exciting volunteering opportunity to join our friendly and enthusiastic team, responsible for strategic management of the school, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff. The governing body is responsible for managing the budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment. Foundation Governors in particular help to ensure that the school remains a church school with all that that implies.
In a voluntary controlled school like ours there are two Foundation Governors and they are there to see that the school takes account of its church foundation. The governing board has a vital role to play in making sure every child at Randwick receives the best possible education. This is achieved by ensuring that governors have the necessary skills and commitment to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
The particular skills that governing boards need will vary and will include personal qualities and capabilities, such as the capacity and willingness to learn and work as part of a team. Governors can make use of the various training opportunities available to them and play a full part in the work of the governing board. We welcome nominations from members of our local community.
Christian contemplative prayer through music and movement. Run by Milly and Clay Sinclair and Juliette Saville, members of Stillpoint, an inclusive contemplative group connected to St Lawrence’s. All Faith’s and none welcome.
Please join us this Sunday 9 May from 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start.
Whilst we will not celebrate it as we had planned, we will be remembering and giving thanks for VE day tomorrow.
To mark this occasion there will be a service broadcast from our Cathedral at 11.15 tomorrow morning. Friday – VE Day service.
Bishop Rachel says:
I am delighted that there will be a service provided virtually by the cathedral on Friday, available from 11.15am on the cathedral website and I am looking forward to joining some members of the Company of St Kyneburga for a virtual cup of tea in the afternoon and hearing some of their memories of that day in 1945.
This Sunday’s service (streamed at 10.10am and online thereafter here) celebrates the contemplative tradition that is thriving in the Stroud Parish Churches.
In the service, we include visits to our Still Moving, Taize & Cowshed communities – including input from their leaders (Milly Sinclair leads a body prayer, Simon & Julie Cooper weave diverse spiritual readings inspired by the Gospel around the chant Adoramus te Domine…).
You may also know of our Silent Sitting Communities (in normal times: Church of the Holy Spirit Pagan Hill 3pm Thursdays, St Laurence’s Stroud 8am Tuesdays – the latter now still meeting but sitting in our respective homes, with corresponding communications before & after) and the Praying Together community at Holy Trinity Slad (10am Thursdays – now online).
Contemplative prayer is experiencing a renaissance at the moment because of its facility to open the heart to deep spiritual remedies – if you’d like to connect with one or more of the aforementioned communities, do get in touch.
This successful and inspiring local annual event is, in the light of not being able to function as normal, holding Living Room Fest! This Saturday 2nd May 2pm: 2 live streams for adults and children.
Again creative thinking has been applied by this esteemed social justice organisation – to see how best to ensure it can continue standing together with the most vulnerable and marginalised people during this time of global crisis.
They have a schedule of virtual events all taking place live from their Facebook page. And there are several more creative and fun ways on their website to help us join them in saving lives from our sofas.
Plant Sale for Christian Aid: Saturday 16th May, 10am – 1pm. Sutton Gardens, Middle Street. (Social distancing etc in force at the time will be observed; please bring your own boxes / carrier bags to take plants home)
This is an absolutely vital Diocesan event (Bishop Rachel is the National Episcopal Champion for Everyday Faith).
It is for those who spend most of their time out in the community, whether working, studying caring, volunteering…, and will equip and inspire us to live out our faith Sunday to Saturday.
It is for Christians who are grandparents, grandchildren, adults, teenagers, parents etc etc.
There are workshops, seminars and activities for all ages delivered by experienced speakers. Are you feeling this is for you? Brilliant. There are limited places so do let us know if you are.