St Augustine’s Church, Grove Park 336 Baring Road, SE12 0DX  Vicar: Rev. Gavin Berriman

Dear All

What a joy it was to be able to sing again in church!  I hadn’t quite realised just how much I missed it until we sang our first hymn last Sunday.  As I have said in previous letters, we will continue to take things slowly so that everyone feels as comfortable as possible in our worship.  Thanks to everyone for your cooperation and support in this.  Last week we put hymn books out in the pews for use and this week there will be service books also for those who wish to use them.  We will reintroduce the Creed now that we can have the words in front of us!

Thanks again to those who continue to provide food for our local Food Bank.  The pandemic has not only affected our health and lifestyles but also finances, and many families continue to struggle to make ends meet.  Food banks are providing important support for our communities and we will continue to support this project.  Please leave any contributions at the back of the church.

Just a reminder that there will be a memorial service in church for Jessie Daniell on Monday 16th August at 1pm, followed by some light refreshments in the hall.  Please do let me know as soon as possible if you are planning to be there so we can know how many we will have in church and the family can cater for refreshments.  

There will no longer be weekly online worship, but I will continue to send out readings, sermon etc with the weekly letter. This week includes those for Trinity 9.  Next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration which falls during this coming week.

This week Wednesday Eucharist is as normal at 10 am.

                                                           My love and prayers continue to be with you


Earlier this week I came across the following by the Irish priest and poet John O’Donohue which I thought I would share with you.

To Bless the Space Between us    

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,

May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,

May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,

May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,

So free may you be about what you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,

May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,

May your mind stay free of all that it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough,

To hear in the depths the laughter of God.

Father Gavin’ Pastoral Letter - Saturday 31 July 2021

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