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

Dear All

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, which is the feast of thanksgiving for the gift of Holy Communion.  It is a celebration of the Eucharist that we celebrate together each week, which is a central part of our Christian faith.  At one time it would be a sacrament you began to receive around the age of 11 or 12 after being Confirmed; but now the church allows children who are regular worshippers in the church community, to be admitted to Holy Communion from the age of 7.  Poppy has been preparing for this with First Communion classes in recent weeks, and on Sunday she will be admitted to this special sacrament and take her next step on her spiritual journey.  It will be lovely to share this moment with her on this beautiful feast.

Also this Sunday Alison and Jerry celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  They are very kindly bringing in some cake and wine for us to share with them after the service.  This will take place outside in accordance with our Covid regulations, so thank the Lord for recent sunshine!  Alison and Jerry were married at St Augustine’s on 6th June in 1981, it will be a joy to share this moment with them at our wonderful church.

On the afternoon of Wednesday the 9th, Louise and I will be heading off to far away Kent on holiday in our caravan.  We shall be away until Sunday the 27th, but I will return each Sunday morning to take the service in church.  There will be the usual Eucharist on that Wednesday morning, but after that there will be no weekday Eucharist until Wednesday 30th.  There will be the on-line Eucharist as normal on the 13th but not the following Sundays.  This will also be the last pastoral letter now until Saturday 3rd July.

We will continue to collect food for the local food bank during the summer months so please do continue to bring contributions for that.  As always leave them at the back of the church and they will be collected from there.  While I am on holiday please do not leave them outside the church door because there may not be anyone around to take it inside.  Thank you again for your continued support of this, it contributes towards an important ministry in our community.


                                                               May God’s blessing be with you


A Blessing that will be used this Sunday. It is one of Poppy’s favourite prayers (and mine):

May the Deep Peace of the quiet earth be yours

The deep peace of the shining sun be yours

The deep peace of refreshing rain be yours

The deep peace of the flowing air be yours

The deep peace of the evening stars be yours

The deep peace of the Son of Peace be yours

This day and always. Amen.

Father Gavin’ Pastoral Letter - Saturday 5 June 2021

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