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Sunday 31st January 2021
More and more people are shopping online– did you know that you could raise funds for St David’s while doing so? easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations. Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.
Get started by signing up for free either online or via the mobile app. This link takes you to the St David’s page so you can choose us as your cause: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stdavidssg/
There is more information and help on the easyfundraising website. Thanks for your support!
Passing of Pauline Lewis
Thursday 26th November 2020
It is with sadness that on the 7th November, a dear and long standing member of the St David’s family, Pauline Lewis passed away. She was was a deeply spiritual and prayerful woman who touched the lives of so many. Her wisdom, sense of fun and obvious love of Jesus will be sorely missed.
Her funeral will be on Wednesday 2nd December at 12.30pm. Due to current restrictions, attendance at Pauline’s funeral is by invite only. Pauline will be making her final visit to St David’s via Shenley Lane at 12.20pm, and the family have invited those who wish to pay tribute, to join them along the route.
Her husband, Geraint has requested that those who wish to make a donation in Pauline’s memory do so to the church, “St David’s has led me down many paths both social and Godly. My love of the church leads me to ask for funds not merely for upkeep of buildings but to ensure there is a place here where all are welcome and will fit in at all levels young and old”.
Donations can be made in Pauline’s memory here: https://www.give.net/inmemory_paulinelewis/
Our thoughts and prayers are with Geraint, Sue, Geoff, David and all their family and friends at this time.
Acts 435…giving to anyone who has a need
Wednesday 11th November 2020
St David’s became an Acts 435 church 2 years ago. This week I submitted our first two requests for money. Both were fulfilled within two days. Two people who reached out for help when they were really struggling, have found Christ’s love in the form of generosity from strangers. Two lives have been improved. Two links with our Christian fellowship have been strengthened. And an unknown number of people have been able to give their money quickly and efficiently to where it can make most difference.
If you would like to support the work of Acts435 there is plenty of information on their website. Regular giving, or one-off donations are equally welcomed. Unsurprisingly, there are more requests for help than ever before. If you want to refer someone who needs help, then please give them my phone number 07817 167690. All enquiries are dealt with swiftly and in confidence.
Thank you for reading this and bless you if you are moved to help make this a fairer world.
Acts 4:35 “… it was distributed to anyone who had need”
Annual Parochial Church Meeting: Results of Elections & Reports
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and the Annual Meeting of Parishioners were held on: Sunday 25th October
We were delighted to reunite with members of the wider St David’s family for our annual meetings via Zoom and in limited numbers in person. Below are the results of the elections for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and Lay members to the PCC, as well roles appointed during the PCC Meeting that followed.
Here you can watch a recording of:
Treasurer’s Report– Keith Mason
Incumbent’s Report– Revd Mark Bennett, Vicar of St David’s
Results of Elections:
|Churchwarden||Pat Kendrick||(Health & Safety)|
|Pauline Pallavicini||(Health & Safety)|
|Deanery Synod||Keith Mason||(Treasurer)|
|PCC||Lou Bayliss||(PCC Secretary & Deputy Warden)|
|Kathryn Groombridge||(Vice-chair & Safeguarding Officer)|
|Mike Morton||(Deputy Warden)|
|Co-opted for 1 year||Clare Gladstone|
|Current members of PCC||Lesley Bailey|
New ‘Lockdown’ Lantern
Friday 16th October
The latest edition of the ‘Lockdown Lantern’ has been published. In this month’s issue:
- Mark reflects on the changing seasons
- Harvest at St David’s
- Emerging mission and fellowship
- Details on our digital worship
Click on the image left to download a PDF or if you would like to go on our mailling list to recieve a hard copy, send us an email.
Passing of Brian Powell
Saturday 4th July 2020
It is with sadness that on the 22nd June, a dear and long standing member of the St David’s family, Brian Powell passed away. His funeral will be on Wednesday 8th July at 1.30pm. Due to current restrictions, attendance at Brian’s funeral is by invite only. However, the family are aware that Brian was loved by many who will wish to be a part of this service of thankgiving. As such arrangements are being made to share the service in some way, of which further details will follow shortly.
Brian will be making his final visit to St David’s via Shenley Lane at 1.10pm, and the family have invited those who wish to pay tribute, to join them along the route.
Brian’s family have asked that people, should it be desired, make donations in his memory to St David’s Church. Donations can be made via https://www.give.net/stdavids_brianpowell.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean, and all of his family and friends at this time.
Prayer phone line
Monday 22nd June 2020
At the end of April we launched the ‘St David’s Prayers and Reflections Phone Line’. Costing no more than a local call, we hope that the phone line gives those without the technology to join online services the opportunity to participate in worship. If you know anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet and may wish to listen to services by phone, pass on the number:
0121 22 77 095 (calls cost the same as a local call from UK landlines and mobiles)
Funeral of Marilyn Thompson
Sunday 17th May 2020
It is with sadness that on the 8th May a dear member of the St David’s family, Marilyn Thompson passed away. Her funeral will be on Thursday 21st May at 11.30am. While we hope to celebrate Marilyn’s life when we can all meet again, her funeral will be webcast for family and friends to view via https://wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast Login ID: 29981 Password:gyzmrdma
Marilyn’s family have asked that people, should they wish, make donations in her memory to Small World at St David’s Toddler Group, of which Marilyn was such a beloved member. Donations can be made via https://www.give.net/smallworld.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Errol, and all of her family and friends at this time.
50 years to present day
Sunday 10th May 2020
Today we were joined by the Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Revd David Urquhart to celebrate 50 years since the consecration of St David’s Church. On the left is a short film showing original footage of the consecration and what St David’s ministry looks like now. The full service is available here. Audio of Bishop David’s sermon is available here.
Archbishop of Canterbury to lead first national virtual Church of England service
Thursday 19th March 2020
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold.
The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 08.10am and all local radio stations in England at 8am and will premier online at 9am on Sunday 22nd March.
You can listen live online to BBC Radio 4 here
“On yer bike!”
Sunday 15th March 2020
Congratulations to our Vicar Mark and Errol Thompson for completing this year’s Ride the Reservoir in aid of St Mary’s Hospice. By the time they finished a distance of 25km, they were a little soggy after braving the wet conditions. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them– together they raised over £400.
Well done guys!