MID-WEEK BULLETIN – Wednesday 28th September 2022
‘As an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, so God cares for his own.’ (Deuteronomy 32:11).
The Book of Condolence for our late Queen remains in Church to be signed.
6.00pm: Prayer Vigil (Marika and Nastya, mother and married daughter, arrived last Wednesday and are now staying at the Rectory).
Tomorrow – 29th September / St. Michael & All Angels
No 11am HC (James involved with interview of potential Vicar of Groombridge)
Sunday 2nd October (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Sunday 9th October
9.45am: Half Hour Service
6.30pm: Blackham Harvest Festival
Friday 21st October
2.30pm: Funeral of Gillian FARNES, Blackham
Sunday 30th October
6.30pm: All Souls Service
Regular events in the Kings Hall
Weekly Tuesday ‘Quiet Times’ 2.30-4.00pm
Monthly Friday Café: Next - 14th October 10.30am-12noon
Lunches: Next - Tomorrow 12.30pm
Please continue to support this important local charity.
For your PRAYERS
King Charles 111. The Prime Minister Liz TRUSS.
The Persecuted Church in BURKINA FASO, West Africa (formerly (French) Upper Volta). Islamist groups are growing influence, the five million Christians (25%) are facing increasingly violence and the Government is weak.
Those in particular need of our prayers: Elizabeth CARDEN & Janice YONGE.
The Bereaved: The family and friends of Roger FUNNELL.
On 20th August the christening took place at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Withyham of Octavia May MARTIN, daughter of Jared and Emily.
On 11th September the christening took place at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Withyham of Freddie Charlie CROSS, son of Paul and Julia.
On 20th August the blessing took place at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Withyham of the marriage of Jared & Emily MARTIN which took place on 4th July 2020 at Withyham.
On 20th August the marriage took place at All Saints Church, Blackham of Alistair James GUBBINS and Jessi Gauel Willow STEADMAN.
On 5th September the funeral took place at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham of Thomas (‘Tom’) Julian Seymour SAXTY of Box Cottage, Station Road, Groombridge who died on 13th July aged 38, followed by burial in the Churchyard. The service was conducted by Rev. Sharon Francis, former Vicar of Groombridge.
On 15th September the funeral took place at the Kent and Sussex Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells, of Audrey Farrar of 1 Nevill Close, Crowborough who died on 29th August aged 92.
On 16th September the funeral took place at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham of Roger Arthur FUNNELL of Withyham Cottage, Cooper’s Lane, Crowborough who died on 22nd August aged 73, followed by cremation at Tunbridge Wells.
The Queen's death has overshadowed the last month. The Queen had given unstinting service to our Nation and the Commonwealth and lived up to her promise made aged 21 when she said 'that her whole life would be devoted to your service'. We enjoyed the privilege of Elizabeth II being our queen for 70 years.
A service remembering her life and Christian faith was held the Sunday after her death. While James Campbell was away we welcomed Rev. Adrian Leek back to Withyham to take the Holy Communion service, with Josephine his wife who rejoined the choir. Jill Pardey and Anne Barker took Matins when no replacement could be found. Last Sunday the Holy Communion during the period of mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated by The Bishop of Lewes, The Right Reverend Will Hazlewood. The Book of Remembrance is in Withyham Church for anyone to record his or her name and comment on the Queen’s long life of service.
Richard Halcrow & Jill Pardey