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News Sheet – 9-1-22

07 January 2022 17:39

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Update  – Sunday 9th January 2022

Happy New year to all!

A message from Revd Emma:

Over Christmas, I came across a newspaper article by Susie Dent (the lexicographer and etymologist who regularly features in Dictionary Corner on Channel 4’s Countdown programme).  After two years of national negativity, Susie explores a number of long-lost words that express joy and delight.  One word recently uncovered by Susie was ‘respair’.  This word was last listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, in 1525, but its definition is sublime: respair is fresh hope; a recovery from despair after a period of desolation.

The meaning of this word has really struck a chord for me – as I’m sure it will for many of us.  The last two years have been difficult and challenging in so many ways, but my prayer is that 2022 may be a year of respair for us all.  

Our Christian faith in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, enriched by the witness and truth of Scripture – teaches us that nothing is wasted, and that God can bring renewal, restoration, and His resurrection power to every situation.  Our hope is not a whimsical wish – but a certain truth in the God of eternity.  

So, at the start of this new year can I encourage to you to turn afresh to God in humility, trust, and prayer – and may we all experience respair this year. 

Covid Restrictions for Public Worship – IMPORTANT 

Just a reminder that in line with national policy we do require all people over the age of 11 (unless medically exempt) to wear facemasks throughout our buildings, which includes our Church, Hall, and Heath Room.  This includes wearing a face mask during all services in church.  We will also be cancelling our provision of refreshments after church services for the foreseeable future.

We continue to ask for hand sanitising on arrival, and we will keep the building well ventilated, with doors and windows opened – so please do wrap up warmly during these cold winter days. 

This Week’s Sunday Worship – 9th January.  1st Sunday of Epiphany (Baptism of Christ)  

This week’s Bible readings are Acts 8: 14-17 and Luke 3: 15-17 & 21-22.

Please join us for our 8am said, traditional BCP Communion Service.  This week one of our retired clergy, the Revd. Canon David Lindsay, will lead the service and preach. 

At our 10am All Saints Together Service all ages gather as we worship, learn, and grow together.  There will be no Holy Communion at this service.  This service will not be live streamed.

Next week’s Sunday Worship – 16th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany 

This week’s Bible readings are 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11 and John 2: 1-11.  

Please join us for our 8am said, traditional BCP Communion Service. The service will be led by Revd Emma, who will also preach. 

At our 10am Holy Communion Service there will be groups for our children and young people.  The service will be led by Revd Jack.  Revd Emma will be preaching.  This service will be live streamed.

Mothers’ Union 

On Tuesday 18th January at 2.00pm the Mothers’ Union will meet in the Heath Room.  All are welcome to attend.


On Thursday 20th January at 10.30am we will hold the funeral of the Late Dr Peter McErlean.

On Tuesday 25th January at 1.00pm we will hold the funeral of the Late Mr Joseph Nicol.

Mission Partners 

During our 10am service on Sunday 23rd January Nicola and I will be updating us all on our visit to Ghana last October.  This will be a celebration of our 20-year link with St Paul’s, Tafo.  

In Ghana a celebration involves wearing white clothing, so if you have anything white (even a scarf) please wear it, or you could wear Ghanaian clothing if you have any (there will be outfits at the back of church on 16th January which you can borrow).  Please also bring a white handkerchief.  Any cash you might like to donate for Tafo will be gratefully received but above all, be prepared to sing, dance, and celebrate.  To everyone, Akwaaba!

Angela Herring

Thank you

A BIG thank you for all the lovely cards, gifts and best wishes we received this Christmas – they are very much appreciated.  

Revd. Emma, Revd. Jack, Peter, Lewis, and Claire


Revd. Emma Racklyeft, Vicar 023 9226 2647

Revd. Jack Williams, Curate  07368 957 423

Lewis Jones, Youth & Family Community Leader  07780 981 235

Claire Holland, Parish Administrator  023 9226 8757

Peter Mitchell, Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)


Amanda Hillyard, Churchwarden   07808 198 827 

Mike Gaskin, Churchwarden   07734 325 284