August is traditionally the time for long Summer holidays. A time to relax, rest, and recharge our batteries. A time for getting up later, maybe, with no need to rush to school – or to work! Summer can be a good opportunity to reflect on the year so far. Many of us may have been facing difficulties, with our own health or that of loved ones, for example, or our life circumstances may be challenging. As well as present troubles, we may also have future worries and uncertainties. In the face of all we might be feeling or facing at the moment, Christians believe that we can turn to God, asking for help and strength. The more difficult our circumstances may be, the more tempting it is to retreat into ourselves, rather than reaching out for help. In all our anxieties, Jesus reaches out and promises rest for our minds and to help us to regain our sense of inner peace and calm: “Come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,” he says, “and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus is not saying life won’t ever be hard, but he is saying the comfort and rest he can give us will help us to get through. Faith can help make our lives more bearable. The peace and rest we receive from him helps us to cope with whatever life throws at us and reassures us that he is with us and won’t ever let us go.
I hope you have a wonderful Summer and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Revd Clare Coates, Lead Minister for Caldecote with Childerley, Dry Drayton and Hardwick
Please note I will be on annual leave from Monday 21 August, returning to work on Monday 4 September.
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Services in August
Sunday 6th August
11.00am Holy Communion, led by Revd Clare. All welcome.
Sunday 13th August
11.00am Morning Prayer, led by Revd Clare. All welcome.
Sunday 20th August
3.00-4.00pm Café Church in the Village Hall. All welcome.
Worship at Home – All Lordsbridge Zoom Service
Every Sunday, 11.00am. Join any time from 10.50am. https://zoom.us/j/82311473640
On Sundays where there is no service in our church, you are most welcome to join any of our services across the team. Please see the Team website www.lordsbridge.org for further details.
New Bishop of Ely – have your say!
As individuals and parishes we are being encouraged to have our say and to let the selection committee know our thoughts about our future Bishop. As a parish, we believe that it is very important for our future Bishop to be inclusive, ordaining both men and women. Here is the link to the survey, which we are encouraged to return as soon as possible and no later than 14 August: https://www.elydiocese.org/statement-of-needs.php
Summer Hamper Schemes
Some of the Lordsbridge Team Churches partner with their local primary school to offer weekly food hampers (or supermarket vouchers) to families who might appreciate some help through the holidays. If you would like to donate to these schemes, please see the links below:
Donate to Comberton’s Summer Hamper Scheme (through Comberton PCC – ref: Meridian)
Donate to Harlton and Haslingfield’s Supermarket Voucher Scheme (through Haslingfield PCC – ref: Vouchers)
Friday 18 August 7:30pm, Cheese and Wine Fundraiser in the Cabin
All are most welcome to join us for an evening of fun and friendship. For more details, see poster below:
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday September 22 at 7pm Chamber Music Concert at Dry Drayton Church
International Cellist, Iris Azquinezer will be performing a Cello recital, featuring the Bach Cello Suites. For more information, please see poster below:
Revd David Newton, Team Rector & Lead Minister for Comberton and Toft: 01223 665654; 07736 944396; email@example.com
Revd Claire Robertson, Lead Minister for Coton, Barton, Harlton and Haslingfield: 01223 874194; firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd Charles Fraser, Lead Minister for Little and Great Eversden: email@example.com; 01223 264974
Team Administrator: Becca Herrick; firstname.lastname@example.org