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Services in August

Services in Church:

- 11am
 - Holy Communion one kind
- 6pm - Evensong

Wednesdays - 10.30am - Holy Communion one kind

Facebook services/prayers will continue for the foreseeable future.
9.30am - Sundays 
9.00am - Monday - Friday

Sundays - Phone only service will be at 12.30pm
The Collect for Sunday

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 

Sunday Morning  
Date Psalm 1st Reading Gospel  
16-Aug Psalm 67 Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15: [10-20] 21-28  
23-Aug Psalm 138 Romans 12: 1-8 Matthew 16: 13-20  
30-Aug Psalm 26: 1-8 Romans 12: 9-end Matthew 16: 21-end  
Sunday Evening  
Date Psalm 1st Reading 2nd Reading  
16-Aug Psalm 90: 1-12 2 Kings 4: 1-37 Acts 16: 1-15  
23-Aug Psalm 95 2 Kings 6: 8-23 Acts 17: 15-end  
30-Aug Psalm 105: 1-15 2 Kings 6: 24-25, 7: 3-end Acts 18: 1-16  
Date Psalm 1st Reading Gospel  
19-Aug Psalm 23 Ezekiel 34: 1-11 Matthew 20: 1-16  
26-Aug Psalm 128 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-10, 16-end Matthew 23: 27-32  


SUSIE HART (Andy, Grace and Rosie) working with CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY to promote training disabled people, around the world and in the UK through the work of “Artiza International”


Ruth Wyatt
Dave Long
Ann Batchelor
Margaret Cheal
Trevor Wyatt
Lucie Balche
Christine Kelly
Sheila Jarvis
Georgina Bowen
Martin Robinson
Alan Munden
Trudi Robinson
Ron & Pat Wiltshire
Ian Fox
Yvonne Fowler
Philip Sadler
Melody Salom
Sylvia Smith
Audrey Noy
Julie Knight
Theresa Hammond
Ade Okubule
Lorraine Mistry
Maureen Hawkins
Vicky Folkes
Edna Bassett
Nick Perfect
Edna Passmore
Megan Ray
Mustafa Zihni
Colin Souter
Barbara Toft
Francies Moore

Gina Holmes
(Funeral will be on Tuesday 18th August at 10am at Christ Church)

Norma Brown
Carmel Chandler
Geoffrey Farrier
Tony Beattie
Patricia Calton
George Gagg
Peter Biscoe
Robert Walsh
Richard Brodie
Olive Millbank
Another little cross …  by Rachel Miles
Marilyn’s article about the DG Cross last week reminded me of another small cross that was once in the church. My story goes back to the 1970s, and concerns two people whom I held very dear: one was the Rev Angus MacFarlane, the vicar of Christ Church at that time; the other was Albert Kershaw, my father. Those who knew Dad will remember him as a down-to-earth working-class man, with a simple but deep faith and a heart of gold. Those who knew Angus will remember a sweet and holy man, both gentle and gentlemanly.

Albert was an engineer by trade and used to make knick-knacks from offcuts of stainless steel to be sold at church fetes and bazaars. Among his more popular lines were crosses – some with lapel pins and others designed to be worn on a chain round the neck.

Having seen Albert’s handiwork, Angus approached him with a special request. He explained that when praying or meditating during services he would find himself staring at a small electrical box on the north wall of the chancel, opposite his seat. He wanted Albert to make him a cross that could be fixed on the front of the box and become the focus of his thoughts.

Dad duly made the requisite cross (about three inches by two in size), someone glued it to the box and it remained there for the rest of Angus’ incumbency and for many years after he left us. I dare say the majority of the congregation didn’t even notice it but I was always aware of it and, though I couldn’t easily see it from my seat in the choir stalls, I would glance at it from time to time and it would remind me of both Dad and Angus.

When the church was rewired a few years ago, the box in question was removed. I was touched when one day the cross was placed in my hand by someone who knew its history and had rescued it for me. Pleased as I was to have it in my possession, I felt that, as it had been made for the church, that was where it should remain. There was no obvious place to put it in the main body of the church and it occurred to me that it would be appropriate for it to be placed in the choir vestry as both Angus and Dad were great supporters of Christ Church Choir.

I am ashamed to say, however, that the cross lay hidden in my choir pigeonhole for several years. Every now and then I would bring it out and look at it but never got round to putting it on display. I did eventually get as far as taking it home, intending to fix it to a mount, ready to be hung in the vestry, but sadly I didn’t get round to doing that either!

Coming across it during lockdown, I placed it on my bedside table to remind me of Christ Church. I would also put it by my tablet during the Facebook services, that small connection with our church building bringing me some comfort during those dark days.
That said, I haven’t forgotten that I am the guardian, not the owner, of the cross. Writing this article has spurred me on to ensure it is returned to its rightful place and, when we are finally allowed back in the vestry to meet as a choir, I shall hang it in a prominent and permanent position to symbolise a new beginning.
Marilyn’s Thought for the Week

Still on a tree theme this week as a result of coming across Bob Gilbert’s book Ghost Trees.  The book is all about nature and people within the London Borough of Poplar, certainly not an area readily associated with nature.  But as the author advises we must ‘start where we are’.

He chose a single tree to return to through the seasons.  Especially appropriate at the moment, because trees have a lot to teach us about staying put! 
In February 1944 Anne Frank wrote: "From my favourite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver..."  That horse chestnut helped keep her going.

Anne of course experienced the ultimate in lock downs, as she waited for the SS to come calling.  In comparison, we just have a few restrictions on our freedom.  But those restrictions can still make us feel lonely or unhappy.  If that happens, get outside or look out of your window and find a tree.

And remind yourself that just as that tree bears fruit, blossom and leaves, so you can bear new life.  We can all grow, even (or maybe especially) in this strangest of times.  So use your tree to anchor your thoughts and as you look at it, remember that 'the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning...' (Lamentations 3.22).

Please support Taylor-Hunt  (Click Here) who are fundraising for The Boys' Brigade on JustGiving.

Stephen and Daimon's Story - We are both Boys' Brigade leaders with the 4th London Boys' Brigade. During the lock-down period, we have really appreciated the work The Boys' Brigade has done at a national level, despite a reduced level of funds being received due to the forced closure of their conference centres because of COVID-19. 
We see on a weekly basis, the excellent work The Boys' Brigade does through the UK and therefore would like to support them in being able to support local groups further during these uncertain times.

We have decided that we are going to climb all the way to the summit at Snowdon and back down to the bottom again. This will be a challenge to us as we haven't done much exercise during the lock-down period.

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Rev Trevor Wyatt is on annual leave until Friday 21st August. Trevor's knee operation is scheduled for Saturday 22nd August and he is likely to be on recovery leave until mid-September following this operation.

Vicky Hill, Parish Administrator is now on annual leave until Monday 24th August. 

Lydia Fuller, our Youth Worker is on annual leave from Monday 24th August until Friday 4th September
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