Sunday 23rd September – we celebrate the Feast of St Michael and All Angels. Archbishop Desmond Tutu says that ‘if we had the right kind of eyes, we’d see Angels all around us’. Sometimes we allow issues to build up into distractions that they don’t need to be, turning molehills into mountains (as the adage goes). If we can rather use these as a cause for prayer and reflection, not only will we find that God has an uncanny knack of taking care of them, we also find ourselves moving deeper into a spiritual way of being that is more in keeping with the Gospel. As our spirituality grows, so our ability to recognise heavenly presence grows too, and we begin to see saints and angels all around us.
Coffee Morning, Monday 24th September – at 10.30 am in the old church. There will also be a raffle and bric and brac items for sale, all in aid of Mothers’ Union projects. Please come along and support this event; everyone is welcome.
Principles of Holy Living – Quiet Day – 6TH October; To be led by Br Steven Hawes CR, a monk from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield. It will run from 10am to 4pm with frequent short addresses throughout the day to help move us deeper into the merciful and mysterious heart of God. In the middle of the day there will be a Holy Eucharist. Please bring a packed lunch. It promises to be an inspirational day, so please do come along. Br Steven will then preach for us on Sunday 7 October. There will be a suggested donation for the day of £5pp to help cover Br Steven’s costs.
Youth Service, Sunday 7th October, 4.30pm – Please come along and support our young people as they lead this service on “Mission: Sharing the Gospel in the 21st Century”. This will be followed by refreshments and games in the hall.
BYMT Adult Choir Concert – 6 October 2018 – 8.00 pm in the Church. The Choir will perform English Folk Songs from The Sprig of Thyme, a cycle of folk-song settings by John Rutter. Tickets are available on the night or, in advance, through BYMT Website (www.bymt.co.uk/events) or from Lesley Birse and Duncan Hellicar. Please support the event. Refreshments and a raffle will be available.
Ted Cheesman – Ted’s funeral will be on Tuesday 9 October at 2 pm in the Church, followed by refreshments in the hall. Everyone is welcome, and may join the family at Eltham Crematorium for the committal afterwards, if they wish.
Green Christianity for a Fragile Planet – a panel debate on environmental issues, to include Jo Johnson MP and representatives of local and national environment groups. Friday 12 October, 6.30 for 7 pm at Orpington Baptist Church. Questions can be submitted in advance. See the notice board for further details.
Raymond Lewis – As you may know, Raymond, our Director of Music, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy. Raymond has now realised that his recovery is going to take a good deal longer than he had once hoped, and that it would be unfair to keep us waiting indefinitely for his possible return. He has decided to step-down with immediate effect. We are greatly saddened by this news but are tremendously grateful for Raymond’s long and faithful service, which we intend to recognise appropriately once he has recovered. Please continue to pray for him.
Magazine Editor – Do you have a passion for editing? Are you computer literate and able to work with artwork? Do you have ideas that might build our monthly magazine? If so, you might just be the person we are looking for. If you think you could be our next magazine editor, then please do contact the church office.
Christmas Trees – Knitting patterns are available and for those who prefer sewing, there is a sewing pattern. Thank you to everyone who is supporting this initiative. We shall have a tagging morning – details to be announced.
Food Bank – The current needs are for tinned cold meat, custard, rice pudding, cooking sauce, long life fruit juice, all types of men’s toiletries, and ladies deodorants. Thank you for your continued support.