CHRISTMAS FAIR 2017 – November 25th 11am – 3pm
in the Church and the Community Centre
Like in previous years, we are planning the following activities:
Toys stall, Lucky Bags, Jams, Bottle Tombola, Kitchen, Cakes and bread, Gifts, Bric a brac, Books, Curry to take away, Fair-trade, Children’s activities, Tombola.
Most of these activities have now got an organiser – if you want to help them, please sign up on the list.
We also need people who are happy to sign up to bake, produce jams or marmalades, cook, donate gifts, set up before and clean & tidy up afterwards.
Pewsheet 19 November 2017
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
In the eternal scheme of things, we discover that all God wants from you is you.
It’s just so humbling, because it always feels like not enough, doesn’t it?
“All I want is to be like Saint Francis,” I said to my spiritual director, over and over…
Finally, one day he said, “Hey Richard, you’re not, and you’re never going to be, Francis of Assisi. You’re not even close, all right? You’re ‘unfortunately’ Richard Rohr from Kansas.” I said to myself, This doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic or exciting.
Except when I realised: all God wants is Richard from Kansas.
But that’s what I don’t know how to give you, God!
It feels so insignificant, and yet this is the liberating secret: I am precisely the gift God wants—in full and humble surrender. There is unity between the path taken and the destination where we finally arrive. Saints are not uniform but are each unique creations of grace according to the journey God has led them through. Richard Rohr
Robert Vonnoh (1890), Poppies in Flanders Field
Why must I live in this grim age
When, to a far horizon, God
Has ebbed away, and man, with rage
Now wields the sceptre and the rod?
Man raised his sword, once God had gone,
To slay his brother, and the roar
Of battlefields now casts upon
Our homes the shadow of the war.
The harps to which we sang are hung
On willow boughs, and their refrain
Drowned by the anguish of the young
Whose blood is mingled with the rain.
Hedd Wyn (1887-1917)
Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey Evans, 13 January 1887 – 31 July 1917) was a Welsh-language poet who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. He was posthumously awarded the bard’s chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod. Evans, who had been awarded several chairs for his poetry, was inspired to take the bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh: blessed peace) from the way sunlight penetrated the mist in the Meirionnydd valleys.
Pewsheet 12 November 2017
Pewsheet 05 November 2017
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Merciful teacher on the mountain,
You’ve offered us a challenge that is converse to the world we exist in.
You’ve boldly declared what it means to not be transformed by this world but to be renewed by the Spirit.
We confess that we have failed to live up to the call of—peacemaking, meekness, mercy, justice—and filled our lives with the ways of the world—selfishness, greed, degradation of your creation, injustice.
Open our hearts, O God, to understand your will.
May your passion on the mountain for a new world order illumine our work for the kin–dom that you proclaim.
We pray in the name of the One who first loved us and calls us to love,
2nd Sunday in Advent, December 10th
6pm “Hark the glad sound: a sequence of music and readings for the Advent season”
3rd Sunday in Advent, December 17th
4-5.45pm Advent Tea
6pm Christmas Songs of Praise with traditional Carols
CAROL SINGING in and around Southfields
in aid of GLASS DOOR our local churches’ homeless charity providing shelter every night of the week during the winter months
Monday December 18th 6-7pm at the Tube Station (Southfield Churches Together)
Tuesday December 19th between 7 and 9pm “Southfields Gardens”(meet at the Vicarage at 7pm)
CHRISTMAS EVE: Sunday, December 24th
4pm Family Crib Service
11pm Organ Music
11.30pm Holy Communion with Carols
CHRISTMAS DAY: Sunday, December 25th
10.00am Family Communion with Carols
Sunday, January 31st
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
Glassdoor is the largest Winter Night Shelter in London and operates across South West London. A Wandsworth section started in 2016 and St Barnabas Southfields participates on Friday evenings. This year’s cycle will begin on Friday 10th of November. This year there will be men and women staying. Glassdoor is professionally run so one experienced member of staff is present all evening and at least 2 night staff stay on the premises until the morning.
Currently we do have plenty of volunteers for the evening but some more would always be welcome on Saturday mornings which will allow the possibility of providing a better breakfast. The ideal at the heart of Glassdoor is to treat homeless people, who often experience hostility and violence, with dignity and hospitality. The main tasks for volunteers is to prepare St Barnabas halls for supper, produce food for a nourishing three course meal, provide warm drinks, to welcome our guests and to wash up afterwards as they prepare to sleep. For more information see www.glassdoor.org.uk . People from the church and the local community have found it a valuable and rewarding experience.
We’ll be CAROL SINGING in and around Southfields
in aid of GLASS DOOR
Monday December 18th 6-7pm at the Tube Station
Tuesday December 19th between 7 and 9pm “Southfields Gardens” (meet at the Vicarage at 7pm)
Clocks are going back an hour today – don’t arrive an hour early!
Pewsheet 29 October 2017
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Oh God, you search me and you know me –
you know me in my deepest longings
and in my most fierce passions;
you know me in my loneliness
and in my saddest times.
I confess the times of silences between us –
when I am distracted
when I don’t listen
when I am afraid
when I turn from you.
I celebrate the times of silence between us –
when I wait expectantly
when we are content with each other’s presence
when I ponder a prompt that puzzles me.
In the silences and the questions that we share, dear lover God,
I give thanks for your desire not to trap,
but to free each soul in order
to make this world a peaceful place for all.
Saturday, November 11th 2017, from 7pm in the Vicarage.
Please let Margery know if you’re coming. (8788 2024) Many thanks.
Join us for our traditional Bonfire Night Celebration in the Vicarage garden on Sunday 5th November 2017 from 6pm.
Hot dogs, apple juice punch, fireworks and bonfire … All welcome!
Pewsheet 22 October 2017
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
in these days of sleek communication
and glitch–free public presentations
remind us of the power of being human;
where emotion and instinct
cut through mealy–mouthed words
to a truth that sets us free.