I’m unsure whether its spring, summer, autumn or winter this week! But the fact that when we walk the dog by the river amongst golden leaves and the little wax-eyes are coming back into the garden tell me what season we are moving into!  And of course the wood burner was installed in the Vicarage on Friday – so thank you for that!

This week Rev Claire and the mainly music team have been on a training day, learning how to run the sessions even better and to help show Jesus in all that they do.  Next week Rev Claire, myself and Rev Neil are at Clergy conference – it’s a mixture of being updated, training and Bishop Peter casting his vision for the diocese, and of course catching up with what’s happening in other parishes.

Last week we spoke about the vision and dreams that the apostle Peter and Cornelius had, and how God used that encounter to bring his gospel to so many people through his Holy Spirit.  And thinking of visions and dreams Vestry last week have put a date in the diary – Wednesday 26th June at 7.00pm – for the whole church family to get together and discuss what the hopes and dreams we have for God’s mission here at St Augustine’s.  It will give us a chance to decide on our priorities and make some plans and actions on how we do this.  It should be fun as well as a time for prayerful consideration.  Our expectation/request/hope is as many of the church family will be there, and we are asking that home groups cancel meeting that week to enable as many as possible to attend!

Next week on Saturday it’s our quarterly Men’s Breakfast – I’m really looking forward to the food, fellowship and learning something new. Its worth getting up for – and I hope to see lots of you there.

I know last week I quoted from the Gospel reading in John 13, but it’s really stayed with me this week as important for us at St Augustine’s – perhaps pin it on your fridge or somewhere obvious to think and pray about:

 Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13: 34-35)

With prayers, blessings and love

Matthew and Claire