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:

Dear all,

This month I am adding the pastoral letter to the parish magazine. This weekend marks the beginning of the services that lead up to the great feast of Christmas. We begin on Saturday evening with our Carols by Candlelight at 7pm and followed on Sunday with Christingle at 5pm. I hope you will be able to come along and join in with these lovely services, as the choir have worked hard on the carol service and we will also have spent quite a time preparing all the Christingles! They are both important events for our community and it is always lovely to have a strong church presence at them.

Between the two there will be our Children’s Christmas workshop immediately following the Eucharist on Sunday morning. As the week moves towards our Christmas celebrations there will be the final Advent Compline on Monday evening at 8pm and Noon Prayers for the Ukraine on Thursday. The week reaches its climax with Midnight Mass on Saturday and Christmas Morning Eucharist on Sunday. This is a special time of year that for many becomes dominated by its commercial aspect; our worship this week gives us a spiritual framework that puts all the rest in its proper context.  

May God bless you, and all your families and friends, with holy love this Christmas and coming year.

My love and thoughts are with you all.


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