Update 15 Feb

Good afternoon all,
I’m back! I had an eventful couple of weeks…… The first week of my annual leave, Allan & I went to Bunbury, Denmark, and Albany, and had a lovely time relaxing and catching up with friends. Unfortunately I came back with food poisoning, which showed itself most unpleasantly the day after we came home. However, I am fine now; and even more aware of how vigilant we must be with our food service and kitchen hygiene!

The Lent Study books have arrived, and look excellent; there will be a sign-up sheet at church if you would like to be part of a group or would just like a book to study at home. The cost is $11. I am offering two times: around 10:30am Wednesdays (following the 9:15 Eucharist) and 7:30pm Wednesdays, for 7 weeks. The very first evening study will need to be on Monday 28th February because Wednesday 2nd March is Ash Wednesday and there will be an evening service; every other time it will be on Wednesday evening.

1st March is Shrove Tuesday- Pancake Day! There is a poster attached, and we’d like you to register so we can cater accordingly. This is the link: https://www.trybooking.com/BXJF and if that doesn’t work for you just send Alex or I an email. We will cater for gluten-free needs and would love to see you there.

If you still have last year’s palm cross, now is the time to bring it back please, so it can be burnt to produce the ash for Ash Wednesday: services on the day (March 2) will be at 9:15am and 7pm. Everyone is invited as we begin the season of Lent.
If you (or a friendly neighbour) have palm branches we will need some for Palm Sunday (April 10) to decorate the church; and the weekend before we will need suitable palm leaves for making crosses. Please let me know if you can assist.

Do you know anyone who makes candles at home? We have any number of candle-ends, with wax that could be re-used. I hate to throw them away!

Parish Council meets this evening, so please keep Margaret, Marian, Sandra, Andrew, Ed, Greg and Sam in your prayers; and our council member Karen Chapman, who has gone to the UK to be with her mother and family as her father (Brian) has died unexpectedly. May light perpetual shine on him, and may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Here is the Collect Prayer of the Week following the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany:

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

The Reverend Lorna A M Green