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Church Services May 2019

Sunday 5th May
3rd Sunday of Easter
11am Parish Communion

NB. No Morning Prayer Monday 6th

Sat 11th 4pm Messy Church

Sunday 12th May
4th Sunday of Easter
11am Baptism

Tues14th 9.15 Holy Communion

Sunday 19th May
5th Sunday of Easter
11am Parish Communion

Sunday 26th May
6th Sunday of Easter
11am Morning Worship

NB. No Morning Prayer Monday 27th

Tues 28th 9.15 Holy Communion

Dates for your diary

Weds 1st May 7.00pm Friends Meeting

Saturday 11th May 4pm Messy Church

Friday 17th May 7.15pm Collectors Evening - see poster. Tickets for the Collectors Evening are also available from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sat 18th May 10-12 Meningitis Now Coffee Morning

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The Friends of St Augustine’s meet about six times a year to arranged fundraising events for St Augustine’s church. If you would like to be part of this group please contact

Revd Kate Currie

07949850460

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Letter from Sarah

SarahFarrimondthumbI am writing this still in the first half of Lent, when the challenge of giving (or taking) up something to mark this season is starting to bite. There is still, as some of us will be all too painfully aware, some time to go. This year Easter Sunday is (very nearly) as late as it can be – it will be 2030 before it is this late again and 2038 before it is later in the year (25th of April since you ask- the latest possible date for Easter.)

From time to time there is some news story tucked in right at the end before the weather forecast about moves to fix the date of Easter. This moveable feast is seen as a bit of a nuisance – other things, not least school holidays have to move with it. If we pin down Easter Sunday then we can start to get other things on an organised and predictable footing. And in a world where many things are unpredictable and disorganised – and often very much worse a bit of predictability can seem very attractive.

Debating the date of Easter is no new thing in the life of the Church- and it is a hard thing to calculate. The shifting date is because the date for Easter is connected to lunar calendar; the cycle of the moon as it travels round the earth. This doesn’t quite match up with our ordinary calendar which is based on the movement of the earth round the sun. We use the lunar calendar for Easter because this is how the date of the Jewish festival of Passover is calculated. And we need that connection with ancient Jewish thinking to start to make sense of all that we celebrate at Easter when it finally comes. The Passover is about freedom from oppression, it is about a renewed relationship with God and it is about the fact that God involves himself with our human lives and destinies not in some tidy and predictable way- but in the chaos and uncertainty of the world as it actually is. And that involvement cost God’s Son his life.

And after that darkest hour comes Easter – light breaking into the darkness; new life, new hope. Wonderful, life changing, unsettling, unpredictable.

May God bless you this Lent, this Holy week and this Easter

With Best Wishes Sarah

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