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Update: Thursday 14th October 2021
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Dear brothers and sisters
This week has something of a theme of Thanks.
  • Last Sunday we gave thanks to God in our Harvest Festival. It was a great joy to be in church together and to have a simple lovely lunch together. A good quantity of food gifts are being passed on through the Foodbank.
  • We have just received a note of thanks from our mission partners Mike and Vicky for the gift we sent them earlier in the year, to support the work of the North Lebanon Gospel Partnership, the Bread of Life Society, and its work with Syrian refugee children. Each year we focus our prayers and our mission giving on a succession of world mission partnerships for two months each. Nigel White has taken on the chair of the World Mission Committee and would love to recruit others to help him guide the PCC on strategy and implement the detail of communication between the church and our long-term mission partners and our various supported organisations and projects. Please talk to Nigel or me if you are interested.
  • Next Wednesday we give thanks particularly for the lives of some people dear to St Nick’s who died during the pandemic: Margaret Clarke, Vilma Clifford, Debbie Dalley-Smith, Ian Murison, Hilary Salmon, Tony Stickler, Janet Trevelyan, Kathleen Williams.
Memorial service Wednesday 20th October 3.00pm in church. In this service we will focus briefly on each one and thank God as we remember their lives and what they meant to us. If you knew one or more of these people, or even if you didn’t but want to join in our church family’s remembering, learn about them, and stand with those who have lost loved ones, and can be free on Wednesday afternoon, do come along. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards in the Miller Room.

Living in Love and Faith started yesterday and the group made some commitments to one another regarding our approach to these discussions. If you missed the first one but want to join in the course, talk to me about catching up .The dates are all Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Miller Room:
  • 13th October What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
  • 10th November How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
  • 24th November What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
  • 8th December Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
  • 12th January How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?
PCC (Parochial Church Council) met on 16th September and sorry for the delay, but here are the Key Points of decisions made at that meeting.
Back in August I wrote asking us all to review our giving for the coming year. If you haven’t yet done that, please will you see the Giving Review Letter and send in your response by24th October? Thank you.
This coming Sunday we continue our series on the Gift of Scripture and consider how it is necessary. The reading is 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, as the reader will be well aware, having been trained in Monday’s workshop on the importance of preparation! We are also joined by John-Mark Teeuwen, the SW Region Team Leader for UCCF, which is our current mission focus.
And here’s a repeat of some notices previously announced:
Christmas Windows Family Workshop with Jilly Bryant: Sunday 31st October, 3-5pm in the Miller Room. People of all ages will be working together to make a “stained-glass” Nativity display to go in the long glass corridor of the Extension entrance, as part of the Bathampton Christmas Windows 2021 project (see also below for more about home windows). Admission free!
Christmas Windows masterclass with Jilly Bryant: Tuesday 2nd November 8pm-9.30pm. Learn some skills and get started on your own window project for Bathampton Christmas Windows in December. Do you know someone in Bathampton who enjoys learning craft skills? Bring them along for a social time with people from church. £5.00
Sunday 31st October Teaching Service on Attraction & Desire at St Michael’s Twerton 7.30pm with Sean Doherty. This is linked to the Living in Love and Faith project. “As well as being part of the 'Living Out' group and Principal at Trinity College Bristol, Sean is a total legend and a great speaker.…” St Michael’s are inviting other churches in the Deanery to come to their teaching service, which will include sung worship in a more “charismatic / NewWine” style, which most of us will enjoy but may be towards the edge of the comfort zone of those who prefer things formal and traditional! There is no booking for this – just turn up if you can. Like our services, it will also be available live on Zoom. Ask me for the Zoom link.
God bless you

Jonty Frith
Rector, Bathampton and Claverton
The Vicarage, Bathampton Lane, BATH BA2 6SW
01225 338055 (home & study) / 07905 883075

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