Church News

RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP: Good news!  We have started with services and these will be held at 9am and 10.15am. Booking is required; for non-computer users, please ring Joanne (07935 774633) between the Monday and Wednesday before the Sunday in question. For email users, please contact Joanne (roystonpc.churchoffice@gmail.com) between Thursday and Saturday. Unfortunately we cannot take bookings for more than one week at a time. All welcome!

CONFIRMATION COURSE: If you would like to know more about the Christian faith and would like to consider being Confirmed we shall be starting a course in the summer. Please contact Heidi for more details: hahlive@gmail.com / 243145. 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: This year’s Patronal Festival is on 27th June and we are celebrating our patron saint, St. John the Baptist by having an outdoor service at 10am. The exact location around the church is still to be confirmed, but please save the date!

MORNING PRAYER ONLINE: continuing on from our zoom Morning Prayer in Lent we will be holding this on the first Wednesday of the month at 9am. The zoom invitation will appear in the Mailchimp email. Next service: July 7th. All welcome. 

BISHOPS’ HARVEST APPEAL 2021: This year the Bishop is asking us to consider supporting Tearfund’s ‘Water is Life’ Appeal, helping the most vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo by providing safe, clean water. There is a prayer launch on zoom on Wednesday 9 June 8am. If you would like to attend, please contact Joanne who will be able to give you a link to book a place.

SAYING GOODBYE: Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to Emma, Carlos, Lily and Fleur who have moved to Dorset. They have wanted to live near the coast for a long time, so it’s a wonderful change for them, but sad for us! Unfortunately, because of covid restrictions we haven’t been able to give them a proper send-off, but Lynda Burns has made one of her lovely cards which I’ll send on behalf of us all.

FUNDRAISING COOK BOOK: Our new recipe book, Thoroughly Modern Beeton is now ready and on sale at £10 each. If you want to order any please email Lynda Burns at lyndajburns@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01763 244538. 

SPONSOR A CHAIR.  So far we have received sponsorship for 120 chairs, raising a fantastic £30,000 (including gift aid) towards our church refurbishment fund.  There is still plenty of opportunity to sponsor a chair, at the cost of £250 per chair.  If you would like a copy of the sponsor form please link to the webpage. Sponsor a Chair

Ruth savage@hotmail.co.uk or ring Joanne 01763 24691

TWIN YOUR VACCINE? Your two doses of vaccine (depending on which kind you had) might be worth between £4 and £30. If you could have afforded to buy it for yourself, please consider twinning your vaccination by donating to Unicef. Rev’d Scott Patteson and his wife, Rowan have set up a JustGiving page which will be linked to Unicef’s Covax project. For more details, please see: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RowanPatterson 

ROYSTON FOOD BANK

ROYSTON FOOD BANK needs the following items: jam, long-life milk, tuna, tinned meat, tinned fruit (not peaches), pasta sauces (but not pasta), and coffee. Please take your donations to the Evangelical Church on York Way on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 9-11am. Please note: fresh foods cannot be accepted. Thank you.

IN NEED OF SOME MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT? Nicky Franzen-Vipers is a local mental health first aider who also runs a local mental health peer support group which meets on Zoom the first and third Thursday of each month. All are welcome and it’s free. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/roystonrethink/ 

DAILY HOPE offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. “With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are” Archbishop Justin Welby.

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