From The Vicarage September 2017

Recently I read an article in a Christian magazine entitled “The forgotten Generation”

In this article Reverend Steve Morris wrote that according to research two fifths of older people stated that television is their main source of company. Sadly that means that approximately 3.9 million people are living with little meaningful human interaction. He also wrote that 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week.

These statistics got me thinking about both the village of Henbury and the Weston Estate. I wonder how many people living close to us are experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation on a regular basis. It would seem likely that there must be quite a few.

When Jesus was asked "What is the greatest commandment? " He told his disciples” You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and your neighbour as yourself.”

This teaching reminds us that a church family and as a Christian community we have a responsibility to reach out to others.

Our Harvest Gifts this year will be sent to the Silklife Food bank to help those who are struggling financially but maybe we should ask God to help us to identify anyone who is emotionally in need and as part of our harvest thanksgiving do something to help a neighbour or friend.  

As you are reading this article maybe you are feeling that you would like to have more human contact or that you are in need of practical help. If so do tell someone how you are feeling or come along to one our CAMEO meetings or Thursday Holy Communion at St Thomas Church.

Our Harvest Supper this year is on Friday, October  13th , do come and join us for fellowship, entertainment and of course delicious food.

 God bless

Tim and Norma













Extracts From The

Parish Magazine

October 1





1st Reading

Philippians 2: 1-13

(Deuteronomy 8: 7-18)

Philippians 4: 1-9

Exodus 33: 12-end

Nehemiah 8: 1-4a, 8-12


Matthew 21: 23-32

(Luke 12: 16-30)

Matthew 22: 1-14

Matthew 22: 15-22

Matthew 24: 30-35


Rita Russell

Anthony Westnedge

Anne Brown

Tony Dewdney

John Russell


Roy Waller


John Russell


David Plews

Lesson Readers

If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to change with someone else.


October 1




October 29

8.00 a.m.

Lynda Carter

Roger Hulme

Janet Tute

Anne Potts

Roy Waller

11.00 a.m.

Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon

Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent

Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn

John Russell

Rita Russel

Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon

6.30 a.m.

Howard Hulme

Colin Marlow


Howard Hulme

Sidesmen Rota

Occasional Offices


10th September  Isla Esme Taylor .


16th September Sam Heathcote and Emma Heathcote.


5th September   Peter Hargreaves 87 .

Items for inclusion in the next month’s magazine should be

sent to Judith Dewdney by the 20th October.

30 Henbury Rise Henbury

Tel:-  01625 439753 email:-

Mothers’ Union

The frightening thing about writing this article is that when it comes out in the magazine it will only be a couple of months to Christmas and I will be putting out the food list for the Christmas party at our October meeting!  Although before then we have lots to look forward to with some very interesting speakers for October and November.

Many members in other countries do not have a lot to look forward to.  Mother’s Union in Sierra Leone has been providing food items, clothing, toiletries and water for those hospitalised in the aftermath of the mudslides.  We have also been asked by our Diocesan President in North Eastern Caribbean and Aruna, Ephena Matthew,  to pray for all those who have been affected by the devastation that the hurricane Irma has caused and for all those who have lost lives, homes and livelihoods.  I realise that by the time this goes to press it will be like “old news” but these people will need our prayers for many months to come.

The Harvest Appeal this year is raising funds to support the work of our Community Development Co-Ordinators who work in Diocese worldwide supporting the work of the Mothers’ Union at grassroots level. By giving to the Harvest Appeal this year it will allow them to give support in their communities where other agencies cannot go and ensuring they can provide comfort, care and even skills training to those cut off and most in need.

The much advertised film “Victoria & Abdul” was released in cinemas on the 15th September.  Members, churches and the wider public can download a comparison booklet produced by MU which explores the issues addressed within the film from a biblical perspective.  This can be found on the MU website,  I shall definitely be going to watch it as a lot of it was filmed at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, which Roy and I visited recently.

Anyone is welcome to attend any of our meetings to see what goes on, so do come along.  You will not be under any pressure to join, although it would be very nice if you eventually did!


Thurs 12th Oct. – Monthly Meeting -  Ron Scholes – Around Wales

 Refreshments:  Dorothy Thompson & Carolyn Bullivent  

 Raffle & Table Flowers: Sheila Hodkinson  

 Vote of Thanks: Rev. Norma Robinson