'We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.'
SUMMER FAYRE NEWS!
Sunday 12th June
at St. Gregory’s Thorpe Bay
a) We will be offering a breakfast of Bacon Butties and Coffee for any help-ers on-site and working by 8 am on the 12th. (We reckon that even if you're going to the 8:45 you could do 25 mins work, have our brekkers, and still go to H. Com-munion!! Please let Sharon know if you think you can help.
b) We are looking for donations of bottles for the Bottle stall. If you can run to a bottle of Wine or small Spirits that would be wonderful.
c) We are also looking for Hamper items - Jams - Coffee - Tea - "Posh" Crisps (the MC is rather partial to Tyrrells Mature Cheddar and Chives but that's just by the by!)
d) Our Grand Summer Draw. Please get some tickets if you haven't already! If you have, then please return the counterfoils and cash as soon as possible.
e) Change. Remember a few months ago we asked you to not put too much change in the Offertory? Well, guess what, we are struggling to get a float together for the Fayre!!
For the next couple of weekends ONLY, can you endeavour to bring coinage for the Offertory, even if it is replacing a £5 note with 5 x £1 coins; or a selection of silver coins (no smaller than 10p please).
Huge thanks to everyone for all that that they have done so far!
We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance. 'Sacred Space'
Pope Francis asks us not to forget the hungry and marginalised.
So please don’t forget the SVP helping the vulnerable in the Southend area.
Bring an item to Mass next week please!
They are very short of UHT Milk and Coffee, but their stocks are generally low all over. The full list is on their page, but includes: - Tins of Veggie Meals/Meat Meals/Potatoes/Vegetables/Meat Pies/Tuna/Chopped Tomatoes/Soup. Instant Mash; Dried Rice; Jars of Pasta Sauce; Cereals (not porridge).
Please drop anything that you can spare into the Presbytery or give it to one of the Ushers.
Visit theirSVP Facebook Page
OR READ THEIR NEW NEWSLETTER!
At the moment we are looking to restart Children’s Liturgy from September.
If anyone is interested in going on the rota to run a Liturgy Session during the 10.45 Mass, please contact Fr. Brett or Sharon.
Training will be given, and a DBS Check will need to be undertaken.
Our St George’s Parish Summer Fayre is back and is on Sunday 12th June at St Gregory’s Church Grounds, 12 Noon
Grand Draw tickets will be available in the coming weeks, we will as always have lots of fabulous prizes.
We are looking for help on the day to set up & run stalls. Also we are looking for donations of Prizes for our Grand Draw, any items for our ever famous Hampers, bottles, chocolate, sweets, toiletries and gifts. These can all be left in boxes provided in the Parish office, the cupboard at St George’s Church and St Gregory’s Church.
This weekend we pray for Vocations. While we all have a vocation - the most fundamental is our vocation to love – we pray especially for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This is not about asking God to plug clergy gaps in the diocese! It is about playing our part in helping others to live their life of love as God has ordained it, whatever shape or form that comes in.
I invite you to say the Vocations prayer on the back of the card that is being handed out this weekend. Why not cast your ‘fishing line’ out and pass a card onto someone you might think could benefit from reading it!
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Don’t forget the Coffee Morning after the 10.45am Mass most weekends, check the newsletter. Some spaces are still available for charities.
If anyone wants to host a Coffee Morning, please contact the office.
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