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

St Augustine’s Church, Grove Park

336 Baring Road, London SE12 0DX

Rev Gavin Berriman, Vicar

Tel: 020 8857 4941 Email: gavin.staug@hotmail.co.uk



28 May 2022



Dear All


This Sunday we are celebrating our Patronal Festival.  It will be nice to keep the festival on its own this year - depending on how Easter falls the Patronal tends to be attached to either Rogation, Pentecost, Trinity, or Corpus Christi, which all come around at this time of year. Just for a change St Augustine gets it all to himself!


This coming month is full of the afore-mentioned festivals.  Next Sunday, 5th June, we keep the feast of Pentecost, when we will also remember the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, being celebrated in the coming days.  The Queen holds the title “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England”, and although the role is mainly ceremonial, she has fulfilled it with great dignity over the years.  At Pentecost we will give thanks for her reign and service.


The 12th June will be Trinity Sunday, and the 19th will be the celebration of Corpus Christi, giving thanks for the gift of Holy Communion.  The month rounds off with the feast of St Peter and St Paul, on the 26th.


Many thanks to those who have responded to the appeal from our local Food Bank for food and toiletries to give out to those in need.  Such is the current demand that they are very short of supplies and were very grateful for the items they received which made a massive difference.  Please do continue to donate tinned, dried, or packet food, and also essential toiletries, if and when you are able to.  With rising prices and increased cost of living, there are more and more people who are relying on the generosity of others to make ends meet.  Goods can be left in the back of the church or, if the church is not open when you bring them, please leave them outside in the porch and I will take them in when I go across.


The next letter will be sent out just before I begin my holiday, on 18th June.


                                                   God’s blessing and peace be with you all

                                                                                                                    Gavin




A Prayer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from the Church in Wales


King of glory, whose ascended Son carries the wounds of his suffering into heaven’s bright sanctuary and for ever intercedes for our world in your radiant presence, we give thanks for the dedicated witness of your servant, Elizabeth our Queen, in times of joy and in seasons of affliction.


In your unfailing mercy, strengthen and uphold her that she may diligently honour your gracious purposes and inspire your people to work together for the coming of your kingdom.


We ask this through your Son, our King and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
to whom with you, Father, and the Holy Spirit, be all praise and dominion,
now, and for ever.


Amen.

Father Gavin’s Weekly Pastoral Letter

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