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St George’s Church, Great Bromley

Newsletter

September 2021

Dear Friends

Welcome to Singalong and Tea on Saturday 4th September at 2.30pm. All welcome - details are below. We will sing some new hymns and service music and rediscover the social side of church.

Do join us for the Service of Thanks and Hope on 19th September. See below for details.

Thank you to all at Lt Bentley Church who helped make the Benefice Service and barbecue lunch at the end of August such a success, with music by the choir of Lawford Church. Yet another sign of normality returning…

With best wishes

Gregory and Jenny, Churchwardens

St George’s Services in September

  • September 5th ~ Parish Eucharist (BCP) 10.30am

  • September 12th ~ Parish Eucharist (CW) 10.30am

  • September 19th ~ Service of Thanks & Hope 3.00pm

  • September 26th ~ Parish Eucharist (CW) 10.30am

Services at St Mary’s, Little Bentley and St Mary’s, Lawford

Rector’s Letter

St George’s is hosting a Service of Thanks and Hope on Sunday September 19th at 3.00pm. As the Parish Church, we felt it was important to provide an opportunity for people within the Bromleys to come together and to reflect, as a community, on our experiences over the past 18 months.

During the first stage of the pandemic, many of us stood on our doorsteps on Thursday evenings, to clap the NHS and other key workers. There is much that we have to be thankful for. During the service, we will give thanks for all those who have served the nation over the past months, often at great cost to themselves. We will give thanks for the many signs of care and support that have been received from neighbours and friends in this community. We will give thanks for the remarkable achievement of the development of the vaccines, and for all those who have been delivering them, locally and throughout the nation.

During the service, we will pray for those who remain seriously ill, and for those who care for them. And the chairmen of our two parish councils will be invited to light a candle, on behalf of all of us, to remember those who have died.

With rates of infection remaining high, we know the pandemic is far from being over. But thanks to the vaccines, we are learning how to live with Covid. After long periods of isolation from families and friends, we are now able to meet up again and see the people we love. Many of us have found a renewed appreciation for the simple things of life. How good it feels just to be able to join friends for a coffee. There is much to be thankful and hopeful for.

Sadly, there are many in our world who do not have the same grounds for hope that we have in the United Kingdom. We are conscious, that there are many poorer nations where rates of vaccination remain low and where there is not adequate health care to support those who are seriously ill. It is often said “No one is safe until we are all safe”. Whilst that is true, there is surely a moral responsibility for the wealthier nations to share their resources with those battling against Covid in the developing world.

There is much for us to reflect upon, much to remember and much to give thanks for. You will be very welcome to join us in St George’s for this special service on September 19th and to stay for refreshments after the service.

The Revd Canon Stephen Carter

Come and Sing ~ 4th September at 2.30pm

We are inviting all our singers and congregation to a distanced ‘singalong' and tea on Saturday 4th September. We haven't been able to have a choir tea for many months so it will be great to catch up with some chat and to sing some new hymns, some old favourites, and to learn a new music setting for the morning service.

Singing ~ 2.30pm. Tea & cakes ~ 3.30pm. GF

Thanks and Hope 19th September at 3pm

Whilst planning this special service we wondered how we could involve all of our community. We know that there are many of you in the villages of Great and Little Bromley who have worked tirelessly throughout the most difficult and challenging times we have experienced in our lifetimes. We invite you to come and share those moments at our Service of Thanks and Hope. We are looking forward to welcoming carers and managers from Seven Rivers Cheshire Home, teachers and staff from our primary school, key workers, police officers, community workers, posties and many more. Would you like to take part and share your stories? - do ring me on 01206 230688. Thank you, Jenny

Holding Crosses for St George’s School

For many years the PCC of St George's Church has presented a small gift to the children who leave St George's Primary School at the end of their final year. For the last three or four years we have given each child a ‘Holding Cross’, presented in a small box with a prayer inside. It is a traditionally made cross of wood with rounded edges, easily held in the palm of your hand, or in your pocket. - a pocket cross, comfort cross or a caring cross. We wish all those children moving on to a new chapter of their lives much love and happiness in the future. JN

Pet Service

Thank you to all who attended. The weather was very very kind; how fortunate we were on Sunday 1st August at 3pm! Twenty-two of us gathered in Church Meadow with our favourite friends… for the Pet Service. Led by Canon Stephen Carter we celebrated the life and importance of our pets, each one personally blessed by Stephen. Gathered around our portable altar, sitting on straw bales we enjoyed a very moving service, and sang hymns led by Stephen Cheek on his fiddle, "All Creatures of our God and King" and "All things Bright and Beautiful”. And we had a bucket collection for the RSPCA. We are very much hoping this service will become an annual event. Come and join us; you will be very welcome. JN

Saints & Pilgrimages

St Michael the Archangel

This statue from the University of Bonn, Germany, shows St Michael in his role of combatting Satan, here in the guise of a dragon. Michael is venerated in the Anglican church as the chief of the archangels (the others being Raphael, Gabriel, and Uriel) but he is equally important in Judaism and Islam. He is patron of doctors (appropriate in the month we are holding a service of Thanks and Hope) as well as of the armed forces.

29th September

Here is St Michael weighing the souls of the faithful, as he is responsible for calling us to heavenly judgment. The Prayer Book readings for Michaelmas are Ezekiel 10.8 and Revelation 5.

ST MICHAELS MOUNT 🇬🇧 4K Drone | England UNITED KINGDOM
Mont Saint Michel from a drone.

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall and Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy: both are cut off at high tide, both are dedicated to St Michael. The Benedictine monks of Le Mont-Saint-Michel founded a priory in the 12th century on St Michael’s Mount, a gift to the monks from Edward the Confessor. These two splendid videos fly us around both of these rocky mounds, giving spectacular views.

Music

Singing

We were fortunate to have singing in all our services as soon as Covid guidance permitted. Dorothy, Ali, Graeme and Jonny have sung for most services and we are grateful to Sue, Sally, Graham and Robin for singing each month. We thank them all for contributing so much to our worship, and leading the singing of the last hymn in the churchyard. The photograph was taken after the last service before the August choir holiday which was also Jonny’s last appearance before setting off on his teaching career. GF

Bells

We welcome North East Essex Ringers’ Association on 18th September for their ringing competition, BBQ, and church service. Here’s a clip of the bells at the first service since ringing was allowed to resume this summer, Sunday 13th June.

St George's Church, Great Bromley, Essex - the peal of six bells (the oldest dating from 1717)

Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is celebrated on 8th September when we give thanks for the mother of Jesus. We remember in our prayers the people of neighbouring churches dedicated to St Mary; 11 churches within six miles of St George’s, surely some sort of record! Here is a beautiful Hymn to the Virgin, from Greece.

Hymn to the Virgin Mary

Voces8

Voces8 sing Ave Maria by Franz Beibl from their base in the City of London. Youtube has a link to their website with info about the VOCES8 Foundation’s education, outreach and diversity work around the world.

VOCES8: Ave Maria  - Franz Biebl

September Charities

The charity collection at the Service of Thanks and Hope is for the Cheshire Home and NHS Charities Together. If you can't be there, you might still like to make a donation via Jenny.

We would like St George’s to contribute to the diocese’s work with the Afghan refugees. The churchwardens or treasurer will be happy to receive cash or cheques (payable to ‘PCC of the Bromleys’. Thank you for anything you can do to help.

C of E on the brink of revolt?

Here is a link to a challenging article by the Revd Dr Giles Fraser, formerly Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Dr Fraser’s article

Giving to St George’s

Thank you all for your support which is invaluable to the continuing work of St George’s. If you would like to help, please see the Donation details on the website.

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