Church of England Diocese of Southwark Honor Oak Park, Saint Augustine of Canterbury

Fr Colin's Pastoral Letter 28th October 2021

Dear Friends

I hope you are all well.

I just want to bring three things to your attention which are happening next week.

On the 3rd November we have our usual Wednesday evening Eucharist at 7.00pm. This service is an opportunity to worship in a quiet reflective service which many find helpful as something different to their busy lives. On the first Sunday of the month this service includes prayers for healing. We can pray for ourselves or someone we carry in our hearts who we want to bring before Jesus; like the friends who carried the paralysed man who was healed. At this service there is an opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing for those who wish to receive it. We are of course always happy to receive the names of anyone who you would like us to pray for.

The 7th of November will see the Sunday’s Kool meet in the Parish Room. We have a group of people who lead the session with the children which includes fun activities and Michael will teach them a song. This is a real opportunity to introduce your child to part of the church worship that is just for them. Do think about coming and encouraging your child to be part of this fun and holy time together. All children are welcome. Those who are 5 and above may come while their parents join the worship in the church. Younger children of any age are welcome but we ask that a parent or carer stays with them in the Parish Room. The children will join the service in church for a blessing and stay in church for the last prayers and the final hymn.

Just a final reminder that on the 7th November at 6.00pm we have a special service for those who have lost a loved one and perhaps did not have the opportunity to have the sort of funeral they would have wishes for. We hope this is going to be a moving experience for the bereaved and hope there will be a lot of support from the congregation as there hopefully will be people in church who do not usually attend and we want them to feel welcomed.

The Revd Michael and Fr Mark join me in sending you our very best wishes

Love and prayers

Fr Colin