I write in the middle of another heat warning and all the concerns of drought and food production: with an economic situation which threatens so many people and a world situation, which, at the least, is very unstable.
How do we respond? We could ignore it. We could despair. We could give up.
Or we can try to come to terms with the issues, do what we ca to respond however little that may seem, look out for one another and certainly pray about it and listen to what God may be saying.
With that as the backdrop we look at what has been going on for us and plans for the future
First of all a big thank you to all those involved in the flower festivals. Thanks to the editors for featuring the Lambourne flowers on the front of the August issue.
It is an awesome undertaking putting on a flower festival and at Lambourne there were at least 60 volunteers involved before, during or after the show.
John Filby has been a mainstay of the festivals raising considerable amounts. This year, as a mark of respect, we had a gap in the stalls where John would have been. He and his megaphone were sorely missed. In spite of not having his fund raising skills and having to buy in water at the last minute, everyone pulled together with a final total of £3283. Thanks to all who came, all who donated, all the flower arrangers and all those volunteers.
There is a separate note about the Stapleford Abbotts Festival but the stop press suggests a total of £3594. Again thanks to all concerned.
We are sorry we had to cancel the garage sale. The road closure, the lack of participants and the heat all conspired against us .However, we are adding a garage sale element to the Table Top Sale. (Please see the advert) We will hold the list of garages at the village hall and give them out to all who come. The Table Top will be the great mix of stalls and there are a couple of vacancies due to people having to withdraw. More info on 01992-523849
Each year The Friends of Essex Churches organise a Ride and Stride event. This year it is on Saturday September 10th. Participants are sponsored for the number of churches they can walk or cycle to on the day. If you would like to join our team please ask me.
Harvest will be a difficult time for many farmers around the world. It is therefore even more important to value the harvest that does come in and to use it well. Along with Abridge Village Church we are celebrating Harvest over the weekend of 24/25th September with services at Stapleford Abbotts at 4.45an on the Sunday and at Lambourne at 11.15am. In addition we have an Open Day at Stapleford Abbotts on 24th (see Poster. Also with Martyn we have a harvest special at 4.00pm on the Sunday at Lambourne End Centre (see Diary & Events)
Finally we have a Harvest Tea at the Vicarage from 2.00pm on Tuesday 20th. All are welcome.
Finally our Zoom happenings for September are our Prism magazine at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th and our world wide service at 8.00pm on Friday 30th.
1, The Poplars, Abridge, RM4 1BB
Please see diary, in the & events tab, for more information