St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard
Newsletter September 2018
Thought for the month
Having been involved in schools and universities all my working life, September has come to mean a new term. Think of all the little ones starting school for the first time with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. I cherish the photograph of my grandson on his first day at school, all kitted out in his new uniform with a smile as big as a watermelon.
Then there are those children who are moving up to “the big school” – having to cope with much bigger surroundings, a host of new teachers and maybe worrying about the rumours they have heard of as to what goes on at secondary school.
September is also a time when students start getting ready for college and university. Many of them will be leaving home for the first time and having to manage their finances and learn to cook for themselves as well as adjusting to new ways of studying.
Many people of working age will be moving to new jobs, perhaps having to cope with a new boss, or new ways of working. Even minor change can be very unsettling but major changes such as restructuring or redundancy are even tougher to cope with.
Then, if I may mention it, there is the B word – Brexit. Many of us wonder what this will bring next March and what it will mean for ourselves and our families back in Britain. Most of us, I guess, are hoping “it will be alright on the night”. However it turns out, it is bound to bring new challenges.
Finally for those of us getting older, there may be big changes in our lifestyles due to illness and reduced mobility whilst the bereaved are having to come to terms with living and coping alone.
However, we do not face any of these life changes alone at any stage if we put our trust in the Lord. As it says in Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee”.
God Is always at our side to help us deal with change and challenges so let us look to the start of the new term with eagerness and confidence, knowing that with God’s help we can face all these new experiences.
Lay Worship Assistant
We wish to keep the electoral roll as accurate as possible. Your name can be added to the Roll at any time during the year – should you wish to put your name forward, please contact Jacqui Witting, the Electoral Roll Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to pray for all those who are sick, suffering or in need and especially for Chris Stowe.
New Hymn Books
We will shortly be ordering some new hymn books for both Bagard and Uzes, and this is to let you know that as before it will be possible for you to dedicate one or more of them to a loved one, should you be interested.
If you wish to do so, please send an e-mail in the first instance to Rob at email@example.com
Uzes Gospel Choir Concert
On the 10th August we were given a fantastic concert by the Quissac Gospel Choir. Sadly it was not as well supported as we had hoped, despite extensive publicity. Hopefully we will do better next time.
It was held in the Temple at Uzes and was a great night out. I know the Choir also enjoyed themselves and expressed the wish to lay on another event in the future. Thanks to all who helped with the refreshments for the Choir and Jacqui and Pauline for their assistance with the publicity in and around Uzes. Finally, more thanks to Jacqui and her son in law for being such excellent door keepers.
Harvest Festival – Produce
For our Harvest Festival Service which will now be held on 21st October at UZES we will be conducting the normal auction of produce to raise funds for Resto de Coeur. We hope that as many as possible will support the local branch of this excellent and worthwhile Charity by :
Bringing produce along for the table which will be displayed before the service starts.
Bring your purses/wallets/cheque books and put on your bidding boots.
Last Chance to be included in the Church Directory!
We are hoping to produce an updated version of the church directory to facilitate communication between members and friends of St Michael’s. ( Friends = people who have moved away but still wish to be kept in touch with our activities.)
However, we have only received 10 responses to date. If you wish to have your contact details included in the revised directory, please give details to Jacqui Witting by the 5th September. If you cannot find the previous e-mail or the attached form, please ask Jacqui to re-send it. You can e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of data protection issues, we need your consent for your data to be included. You cannot assume that, because you were in the previous version of the Directory, you will be included in the new one.
Details we hold in the Directory are: – name, address, telephone number, e-mail address. However, you need only supply the information you are happy to provide. The Directory is distributed amongst the congregation but is not passed to third parties.