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


10 September 2022




Dear All


This letter comes at a time of national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who died on Thursday. Her Majesty served this country and the commonwealth loyally and faithfully for over 70 years, and we have been so lucky to have had her as our devoted Monarch. We pray for her, King Charles, and for all the Royal Family at this time. This Sunday we will offer thanksgiving for her life in our worship.


I hope everyone had a good summer, and the younger members of our church family have had a good first week back at school, especially those who have begun new schools. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I always take advantage of the quieter August month to begin writing Lenten reflections for next year and have made a good start! The theme for next Lent will be Springtime and the Soul.


A big thanks to Alison and Jerry for all the work they put in to setting up a stall for the Grove Park Carnival and to everyone who helped out with that. It was a good day, the weather was kind to us, and alongside being part of a community event we raised almost £200 for the church funds.  


I will be away on holiday from this Sunday afternoon for 2 weeks. When I return from holiday we will be very close to Harvest Festival, which will keep on the 2nd October. The evening before, on Saturday the 1st, we will have our Harvest Supper. We have not been able to have too many church socials in recent times so I hope you will be able to come and join in. A meal will be provided by members of the congregation and the cost will be £10. There will be a list to sign up for this at the back of the church, and anyone who like to volunteer to help please see Jean or Alison. If anyone would like to come but would have a problem with the cost, please just have a quiet word with me. It will be our first proper Harvest Festival with uniformed organisations since 2019. We will be collecting food for the Food Bank as part of this, so please give generously because it is greatly needed.


At the end of October, on Sunday the 30th, our guest preacher will be Naomi Tutu. Naomi is a priest in the United States and is, of course, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It will be wonderful to welcome Naomi at St Augustine’s, which she remembers fondly from her childhood when the family lived in Chinbrook Road.  


Just two more dates for the end of the year. The Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 26th November and there will be a Quiet day at Aylesford Priory on Saturday 3rd December. More details for these will follow later, but please do get the dates in your diary.


While I am on holiday I will return to take the service each Sunday morning but there will be no Noon Prayers or Wednesday Eucharists.


I have mentioned that we are collecting for the Food Bank with our Harvest offerings, but we are still collecting each week to support that work. So please do continue to bring contributions to this and leave them at the back of the church. Thank you.


                                             My love and prayers continue you be with you all


                                                                                                                             Gavin

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