Psalm 23 Garden

Psalm 23 Garden

As you may have noticed from the GLF booklet, last July a film crew from the Bible Society spent the day with us recording how we use our outside space to reach out to the community. This was part of a nationwide project to support their entry of a garden based on Psalm 23, for the Chelsea Flower Show this May.

If you’d like to see the build up to our full story (which will go on-line in the Spring) please go to ‘Psalm 23 Garden Facebook’ to see contributions from the Rector, Ed Sampson, Joy Scovell and Dave Cox, and a lot of faces that you’ll recognise.

We will be hosting a ‘Prayer and Praise’ day on June 6th at St James to celebrate Psalm 23 in our amazing grounds. More details to follow.

Dates for your diary

26th Feb – April Newsletter available

26th Feb – Ash Wednesday

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and April 7th – Lent Lectures at SJCC –see notice boards and the GLF booklet for more details

22nd March –Mothering Sunday

10th April – Good Friday

12th April – Easter Day

27th April – Annual Parochial Church Meeting at SJCC

Christian Giving –Your response

Thank you to everyone who has responded to date by increasing or starting to make a monthly gift, to those who have already promised to do so,and to several people who have volunteered their time and talent. So far, together we have raised an extra £400 per month towards a target of £2000 per month which will make our finances for the coming year secure. So, we have made a good start but there is quite a way to go.

Everyone -Please do give your giving to God and his church your careful thought this week. Your response will be very much appreciated and is greatly needed.

If you have any questions please see the leaflet and contact Robert Alder (SJ), Marjorie Stalker (SMSJ) or Lucia Golding (SE). Many thanks again.

Monday Afternoon Bible Discussion Group

Meets at SJCC from 2 to 3pm and all are welcome.

Each session is self-contained and all materials will be supplied.

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Thea, Kate, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Simon, Bernadette, Andrew, Dennis Hall, Sarah, Daniel, Jack, Mary Whalley, June & Tom Warr, Hazel & Maurice Lee, Pamela Davis, Ann, Bob Brooks, Ann Symmonds, Ken Humphreys

And those who mourn the loss of Martin Edminson, Mick Jeffery

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Goldsmith Close, Garston Grove,
Longwater Rd, Milam Close

Please call the Parish Office if you wish prayers to be offered for yourself or somebody you know.  Alternatively, fill out a prayer request card and leave in the box provided.  Names will be included for 4 weeks initially.   Thank you.

Below are some familiar prayers that Christians have found helpful and inspirational down the centuries which you may want to use :

O God, from whom to be turned is to fall, to whom to be turned is to rise,
and in whom to stand is to abide forever; grant us in all our duties , thy help,
in all our perplexities thy guidance, in all our dangers thy protection,
and in all our sorrows thy peace; through Jesus Christ out Lord.   Amen
St Augustine of Hippo

Thanks be to  thee, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us,
for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly
day by day.
St Richard of Chichester

Lord, I shall be verie busie this day.  I may forget thee, but do not thou forget me.   Amen.
Sir Jacob Astley’s Prayer befor the battle of Edgehill

Grant us, O Lord
in thought, faith;
in word, wisdom,
in deed, courage;
in life, service;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen
Inscribed on the Viceroy’s house in New Delhi

Plastic Free Lent

What to give up for Lent… Cake? Alcohol? Chocolate?

How about Plastic???

“Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation.”
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Many of us use Lent as an opportunity to give something up to remember that Christ went without during his time in the wilderness. This year, to support the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020, the Green Team are inviting everyone to give something up to help the environment. If we all make small changes, we can make a big difference.

Did you know?
– By 2050 we could have more plastic than fish (by weight) in the sea.
– Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Just 9% was recycled

The Green Team will be creating ‘tree shaped structures’ in each of the three churches and encouraging you to share your Lent commitments by displaying them on the ‘trees’.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
– Give up disposable coffee cups—treat yourself to your own reusable cup and take it with you to your favourite coffee shop
– Give up buying drinks in plastic bottles— use a reusable bottle and fill it up be-fore you leave home
– Give up using clingfilm and look for better ways to protect/store your food
– Try walking instead of driving when making short journeys
– Give up any toiletries containing ‘“polyethylene” (tiny plastic beads)
– Use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap
– Save electricity by turning off unnecessary lights
– Plant a tree in your garden

For other ideas see the leaflet Plastic Free Lent Challenge.

Start to build habits that will last beyond Lent in order to protect and honour God’s earth.

More information, inspiration and ideas for actions you can take can be found via

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Feb-Apr 2020

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Feb-Apr 2020) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Feb-Apr 2020 Newsletter

Feb-Apr 2020 Calendar

The newsletter contains a great deal about Lent, the Lent challenge to everyone to make changes to care for our environment and updated recycling information, plus a special offer from the editor.

Prayer Diary – February 2020

Card on the Tree & One Card thanks

Thank you for supporting Card on the Tree at SJ & One Card at SMSJ in aid of Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal.

Your generous donations will help to fund programmes for women to use their God-given gifts to escape poverty and to provide more basic necessities for their families. £375 was raised at SJ (of which £248 was gift-aided) and £107-50 was raised at SMSJ (of which £10 was gift-aided).

A splendid Parish total of £482-50. Thank you very much.

Children’s Society Thanks

Many thanks to all who made donations at the Christingle Services in December.

The Parish total was £1,317 of which £505 was gift aided.