Church News

RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP: Good news! We are able to worship at the Town Hall from Sunday 23rd May. We are going to start with non-Eucharistic 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! Every blessing, Heidi..

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10TH – 16TH MAY: We can’t collect in the usual fashion for Christian Aid this year, but their vital work continues helping our brothers and sisters in dire need around the world. If you would like to donate you can either visit their website: www.christianaid.org.uk or send a cheque made payable to Christian Aid and send it to: Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London, SE1 7RT.

THANK YOU: We have received a letter from one of our Mission Partners, USPG thanking us for the £600 donation we sent them last year. For more information about their global work, please see: www.uspg.org.uk or write to USPG, 5 Trinity Street, London, SE1 1DB. 

APCM: This year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on May 16th at 12 noon on zoom and this is open to all on the Church electoral roll. We realise that not everyone will have access to a computer, but there is the choice of telephoning into the meeting. We apologise for those who will be unable to join us, but at that point we will not have access to the Town Hall to meet physically and even if we had that option, we would be severely restricted by the numbers who could attend. A zoom invitation will be issued at a later date. Blessings, Heidi.

SCAM EMAILS: There have been a number of emails claiming to be me coming from this email address: pastor.offic999@gmail.com. Please can I assure you that these are a scam. My email address has not changed from: hahlive@gmail.com. Every blessing, Heidi 

WATCH OUT FOR VACCINE SCAMS: Unfortunately, some criminals are taking advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.

The most important point to remember is that the vaccine is free of charge.

The NHS will never:

  • ask you for your bank account or card details
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

CHRIS WALLIS TOMATO PLANTS: I am growing tomato plants again this year to raise money towards the Church funds. They have already germinated, been pricked out and are currently enjoying the warmth of our dining room! Barring any disasters there should be plenty of plants so there is no need to rush your orders in just yet! I’ll keep you updated on progress

CHRIS WALLIS PRESERVES

Chris Wallis Preserves 
New season marmalade is now available. I have these varieties:
 
·         Seville Orange
·         Dark Chunky Seville Orange (very intense flavour)
·         Pomelo and Lime
·         Seville Orange and Apricot   (low stock)
·         Seville Orange and Ginger   (low stock)
·         Grapefruit with Juniper Berries and Rosemary
 
I have a limited amount of Raspberry with Redcurrant Jam

Unfortunately I have had to increase the price for the first time in over 5 years. The cost of jars, sugar and especially fruit have all risen significantly over the last couple of years. The new price is £3.
 
I also have Red Tomato Chutney and Green Tomato Chutney still available at £2.50.

All proceeds to Church funds.

Please email or phone Joanne with orders.
email: roystonpc.churchoffice@gmail.com   Tel: 07935 774633

ACROSS ROYSTON:   The next deadline for magazine articles in 5th May…..please consider doing an article for the magazine, we would love to hear from you all. Either submit to my email roystonpc.churchoffice@gmail.com, or post to 11 Hollies Close, Royston SG8 7DZ. Thank you Joanne

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.

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.

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/ 

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