What am I living for?: Featuring a wealth of incredible speakers including Jon Snow, Grayson Perry, Mishal Husain, Bryan Stevenson, Peter Tatchell, Racheland Rowan Williams, this Autumn Weekly Lecture Series streamed live from St Martin-in-the-Fields starts on Monday (26th) at 7:00pm in church. ‘What Am I Living For? The Search for Meaning’ explores what we have learnt and what meaning we have discovered after the pandemic, the suffering in Afghanistan,horrific invasion of Ukraine, and the increasing threat to our planet…How do we find meaning for our lives? You should have the leaflet about it (with the autumn newsletter). There are some spare leaflets at the back of church.
The first lecture on Monday features Sam Wells and Lucy Winkett. Sam WellsVicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields where he leads a unique community with its commercial, cultural and charitable initiatives rooted in a vibrant congregational life. He is also a widely known preacher, broadcaster and author. Earlier this year he publishedHumbler Faith, Bigger God: Finding a Faith to Live By, which takes the most profound criticisms of Christianity and the church as the pretexts for finding a truer, more honest trust in God. Lucy Winketta writer, broadcaster and Rector of St James’s Church Piccadilly. Formerly a professional musician, and Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, her publications includeOur Sound is our Wound,’s Song and Music’s Meaning and Reading the Bible with your Feet. As Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Arts, she is committed to working with artists, musicians and scientists to enable the church to place its imagination in the service of justice, as patron, collaborator and co-conspirator in making the world a more just and beautiful place.
MacMillan Coffee Morning: Next Friday, (30th), Pam is organising this year’s Coffee Morning for this important cause. It’s from 10am to 12noon. There will be refreshments including homemade cakes and a selection of jams for sale. Please do call in if you can.
Friends of St Nicolas Church First Birthday Party: All registered ‘Friends’ have been invited to celebrate our first year together next Saturday (1st Oct) afternoon. If you are a registered friend and intend to come, please don’t forget to RSVP! It promises to be a lovely occasion with beautiful music and lovely food!
Harvest Festival: This is next Sunday (2nd Oct). Our worship will begin at 10.45am as usual followed by Harvest Lunch in church: two hot courses for £10. Food suitable for vegetarians as well as omnivores! Both options dairy and gluten free. Please sign up at the back of church so that we know numbers for catering. Payment to Nicola on the day.
PCC Meeting Outcomes: The PCC met last Wednesday evening to discuss following up the recent Stewardship sermons and leaflet issue, addressing the inclusive church initiative, seeking feedback on the servery, grant funding to replace the sound system and improving our video facilities, progress on various church maintenance issues, revising wedding fees, noting current and future activities including Ukrainian refugees arriving, ‘Friends’ first anniversary and Deanery matters. Our monthly financial summary is overleaf. A meeting report is on the website (under ‘News’).
We need a new Church Warden: Following her new job in the ambulance service, Janet is having to step down from her role as churchwarden so we need to find someone else to work with Tony & Hilary. Please pray about this and consider whether you or someone you know might be called to support our church community in this way.
Prayer for the Homeless of Ukraine
Almighty and merciful God, whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own; look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry. Bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Nicolas joins the REFILL REVOLUTION!: We are reducing our plastic waste by refilling used plastic bottles instead of sending them to be recycled or wasted. We have teamed up with the REFILL HUB (see advert in our Christmas newsletter) to supply the church with cleaning materials that createPLASTIC WASTE. We already have products in church which you can try. Look out for our supplies of:
Liquid Hand Soap(French Vanilla)
Hand Sanitiser Gel 70% alcohol(French Vanilla)
Anti-bac All Purpose Cleaner(French Lavender)
Washing Up Liquid(Rhubarb and Lemon)
Toilet Cleaner(Spearmint and Peppermint)
The REFILL HUB visits Burnham Market on Wednesday mornings 8.30 – 13.00, and several other venues. Times and prices are given on their website.refill-hub.co.uk. If you wish to reduce your own plastic waste you can either take your empty plastic bottles to the Refill Hub, or bring them to church and Hilary will get them filled for you. Chat to Hilary for more details.
Parish Giving Scheme: Our treasurer, Jessie Cooper points out to us that the very best way to contribute to the work of our Parish Church is to use the Parish Giving Scheme. If you do not yet use this way of donating to church and you would like to know more about it or ask any questions, please contact Jessie Cooper (Parish Treasurer) in confidence… by email: email@example.com or phone: 01628 603187