Baptism is a sign of new life, of turning from old ways to a new way of living.  It remembers that Jesus was baptised.  It reminds us that God can speak through symbols of water. Through hundreds of years Christian  believers have been baptised – it’s a brave and courageous thing to do, to stand up for what we believe, and baptism is one of those ways.

This week’s service is an All Age Combined Baptism (by full immersion) and Communion 9.15 with organ and worship group.  (There is no Eleven Sharp service because of the Baptism.)  This will be a great time of celebration and we would encourage all of you to come along and celebrate.  It may also be a time to invite a friend to come and experience the service too!

Claire and I are off on holiday on Sunday evening to the UK for 3 weeks.  We’d planned this way back in January, so are looking forward to catching up with family and friends.  Then we are back at St Augustine’s for 3 more Sundays.

Please remember to pray for the Vestry and the nominators who will be meeting, and also for the Diocesan Synod meeting the first week of September.  (Your reps for synod are Claire Bickers and Alexa McPherson, and all the papers are on the Diocese website.)

While we are away Rev Neil Struthers will be leading and preaching at our services with Russell and Martin leading the eleven sharp services.  Any other queries etc should be directed to Paula in the office or our wardens, Claire Bickers and David Heard.

We’ll see you all when we get back.

with our blessings and prayers

Matthew and Claire