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

Dear All

This will be the last letter you will receive until the 26th September as we will be heading off for a break in our caravan at the end of next week, out into deepest Kent!  It feels like a long time since we last got away for a break and so I am looking forward to it eagerly.  I will, however, be coming back briefly each Sunday to do the Sunday morning Eucharist in church.  In these times it is not easy to find cover and I will not be a million miles away.  So Sunday mornings will be same with a Eucharist at 10am. However, there will not be a Wednesday Eucharist after next Wednesday until the 23rd September.

While there will not be a letter over the next few weeks you will continue to receive an email with readings and a reflection for each Sunday.  Along with that, a recorded reflection will also continue to be on the website, or on YouTube, for those who are able access it.  As they used to say on Blue Peter: “here’s one I prepared earlier”!  Well, some of you may remember it!

Many thanks to those who have been in touch to let me know how things are for them and their family, it is always lovely to hear from you.  I will be around until next Thursday, after which I will not be opening any emails until my return from holiday on the 20th September. There is not much internet connection in the caravan!

Just a reminder that we can resume with collecting food for our local Food Bank.  Because of the restrictions, many of our Food Banks are very low on supplies and are limited with how they can help people who are in need.  If you want to drop bags of food off such as tins, dried food, rice, pasta, etc. just leave it in the back of church on a Sunday morning.  We have a volunteer willing to get it to the Food Bank each week.

And also a reminder to those who are returning to church that those over the age of 11 are now required to wear a mask, unless you have a medical reason for not doing so.

I will write again on my return from holiday, in the meantime I look forward to seeing some of you in church on Sunday mornings.


Every Blessing to you all.


Father Gavin returns from holiday this weekend and his next pastoral letter will be published on Saturday 26 September

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