Church News

PUBLIC WORSHIP

Services are 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!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED! If  you use a car,  can you help with giving a  lift  to a  parishioner who otherwise can’t attend our 10.15am Sunday service?  

In order to continue our Transport to Church rota , we need to add more volunteers to our  team of helpers. This involves collecting a named person from their home, taking them to church,  and returning them home afterwards.

The commitment will be  not more than 12 times a year , via a rota, and the more volunteers the better,  as the burden will be shared. Please contact Angela Sassoli for further details 07779 212920 

 

DONATE TO THOSE IN NEED: For the people of Haiti, see www.christianaid.org.uk (or ring 020 7620 4444) and for the people of Afghanistan, see www.tearfund.org (or ring 020 3906 3906). Thank you. 

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: October 6th. All welcome. 

FOOD BANK: Items which are required at the moment are: tinned meat (meatballs are popular), jars of sauces (both pasta sauces and rice sauces) and coffee.  Rice or pasta are not needed at this time. Donations can be delivered to the Royston Evangelical Church on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9 and 11am. Thank you.  

NEW CHURCH VENUE

We are now meeting in Icknield Walk First School for our Sunday services to give us more space as more people wish to return to church. We are still maintain covid restrictions and seating will be limited to 40 congregation members. The entrance to the school is on Poplar Drive, opposite Honey Way and parking is available in the school grounds. The service times remain at 9am and 10.15am and please remember to book with Joanne each week.

BEDS & HERTS HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST SPONSORED BIKE ‘N HIKE  – SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

Mike, Rodney and Matt had a good day on their Bike and Hike, if you still would like to donate please contact Mike (245606 or mikefmaze@aol.com) or see the two Just Giving sponsor links, so please follow one of the links below if you wish to be a sponsor:-   

Rodney & Matt Dyer

Mike Maze

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.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 

We are once again supporting the Christmas shoebox appeal for children in countries such as Africa and in Eastern Europe. Leaflets will be available in church services, sent out with postal notices or please see their website for more details: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk  Boxes will need to be filled and ready to go by the first week of November. 

THANK YOU FROM MARGARET GARDINER

Thank you everyone for all their cards, flowers and visits over the last week. I am very grateful for all the support. The funeral is arranged for 14th Oct. at 2pm in Cam Valley followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Ashwell URC followed by refreshments in the hall. Love Margaret

BIBLE SOCIETY AGM

The date is Thursday 21st October. The venue is Therfield Chapel where there is adequate street parking. The speaker is Phil R, a Bible translator with SIM. The normal refreshments and Bring and Buy sale will be present. The time is 7.30 for 7.45.

SAYING GOODBYE

 (part of the Mariposa Trust) are returning to Chelmsford in October with a Baby loss remembrance and support service (part of a Nationwide chain of events). Due to Covid-19 this is not our traditional service, but we are happy to be able to bring a service to bereaved parents in your area. On the 9th October at 2 pm, in Chelmsford Cathedral we will be hosting one of our Saying Goodbye Services. Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in early years, or who has been affected by family members or friends’ loss.  Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility, or for other reasons – but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their families, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all. To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org

HARVEST FESTIVAL

We are unable to take food donations this year, but please do make cash or cheque contributions to Royston Food Bank or the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal: Water is Life. Working with Tearfund, we hope to bring fresh water to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please make cheques payable to ROYSTON PCC and we will forward your donation for you. Please indicate which charity you wish to support and if you are able to Gift Aid your donation. Many thanks, Heidi

CONFIRMATION

PLEASE PRAY: for our Confirmation candidates, Carol Lillywhite and Alice Atay. The Confirmation service will be on October 12th at 7.30pm, so please save the date so you can come along and support them. The service is due to be held at Brent Pelham Parish Church.   

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