St Augustine’s Church, Grove Park 336 Baring Road, SE12 0DX  Vicar: Rev. Gavin Berriman Thoughts and Prayers Father Gavin’s Monthly Message - from the Parish Magazine The Office of Compline  The ancient office of Compline offers a most beautiful way to end a busy day. Simple, reflective, prayerful and very spiritual it is perfect for use at home.  Click the button to find a form of the service for your own use Compline

Dear Friends,

The long hot summer has come to an end and Autumn beckons. October begins with our Harvest Supper and Harvest Festival. As last year we shall collect food for the local food bank so please bring items along in the 7th. Canned food, dried food and packets are especially welcomed. Harvest Festival is a special celebration which gives us a means to express our gratitude for this year’s harvest, and the things in life we so easily take for granted. We express that gratitude in praise to God through our worship and through giving to those who do not have such easy access to God’s bounty that we do. Please give generously. Any profit made from our Harvest Supper will go to support the work of Christian Aid.


Gratitude is not just about saying thank you, it is a whole attitude toward life. Gratitude is an attitude that reminds us that no matter how tough life may get at certain times, we do not have to look far to see life’s gifts and generosity, gratitude helps us keep our eyes fixed on the good things in our life. That in turn gives us the strength we need to cope with the difficult.


There was once a great spiritual teacher whose followers would go miles to see and listen to him. One day he said he was going to reveal to them the great spiritual secret of his life. Everyone waited with baited breath for his great pronouncement. He simple said: “I have learned over the years to be grateful in everything that happens and find something to rejoice in.” That is the great truth this season of Harvest Festival teaches us.

Best Wishes,