Chaplain’s Harvest Newsletter 2014

  • Posted on October 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

1st October 2014, Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

Dear Members of the Congregation, and friends,

We have vacancies at the Chapel……One planned and one the other unavoidable. We are inviting members and friends of the Chapel to discuss two vacancies which will arise on 1st January 2015.

NIC EAGER, our Warden for nearly 5 years, has been planning a year of travel with his wife Charlotte for some time. He will not be away continuously, and has enthusiastically offered to “do duty” as and when possible. But he needs to stand down as Warden.

Also, friends of Geoff Lee our Hon. Treasurer, will not be surprised that he feels the time has come for him to pass on this baton to someone fitter. Geoff has been struggling with health challenges for some time, and it is not reasonable to expect him to carry this responsibility any longer.

I should appreciate the opportunity to have conversations with members and friends of the Chapel, with a view to proposing Appointments before the end of the year: with the agreement of our Warden and Treasurer, of course. I suggest that we should aim to say Thank you to Nic and Geoff, and agree, announce and welcome new office-holders on Sunday 4th January, after the 10am Eucharist.

If you would like to give prayerful consideration to offering time and skills to support and encourage our common life, please contact me in the first place.  We can all make this part of our prayers: you may like to reflect on the Parable of the Talents, St Matthew’s Gospel chapter 25, and St Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, verses 4-7.

Meanwhile, please make sure Dates and Times of Interest and Concern – as above, and overleaf – are firmly in your diary.

Harvest blessings,                                                          David

 

 

On Sundays, you will be welcome

 

8a.m Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10a.m. Sung Eucharist

11am. “Open Door” Coffee, Conversation, and Enquiries

 

 

“What do you do during the week?

As we prepare for Harvest Thanksgiving, here is an answer from a member of the Chapel Congregation:

As Christians, how are we exhorted to live?

To me it is obvious that we should devote ourselves to making sure that our net contribution to the world – environmentally and socially – is greater than that which we take from it. Christ Himself tells us that as we do for others, so we do for Him.

From such belief has Clean Energy Ltd sprung. Perhaps the word “hatched” would be more appropriate, for it has taken many years and much work to reach my current level of development and understanding. Nonetheless, we are embarked on a journey that with God’s continuing grace (and the support of as many humans as He directs) will lead to great benefit for communities overseas.

The concept is simple – harness ocean wave energy to produce electricity, and use seawater to produce fresh water. In doing that we will provide carbon-free electricity to help support children’s learning, liberate women from the thankless task of daily water collection, and provide employment and development opportunities for men. You can read a bit more about our ethos and our targets at www.cleanenergyltd.co.uk .

Alan Rogers

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE CHAPEL

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL THANKSGIVING SUNDAY

5th October , at 8am and 10am, please make your thanksgiving offering:  For those who have productive gardens, allotments, fields  – or even patio pots –  Harvest time has a hint of how it used to be, a time of make or break, life or death for the winter ahead. For others it may mean giving thanks for the things we take for granted much of the time; perhaps even the luxury of choosing how and where to spend the money in our packets or bank accounts. When you shop next, please add an item or two for the Genesis Bath Churches Food Bank, to offer a helping hand to local people who can’t make ends meet.

 

SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS

At 8am and 10am we shall be praying particularly for Departed benefactors and loved ones. Please make sure names are entered on the list in Chapel (or an email if you are prevented)

CHORAL EVENSONG 6.30pm by the Chandos Singers

Our friends the Chandos Singers will be offering Choral Evensong on Sunday 2nd November, in honour of All the Saints, and in prayer for All Souls. You will be welcome: Come and light a candle of prayer on this special day.

 

FOR THE RECORD

Open for Quiet Prayer. Thanks to Chapel Sidesman and member of the Congregation  David Wright, the Chapel has been open for Prayer and Quiet on several Saturday mornings. He reports that “there has been a good response from people locally, and visitors, pleased to find the Chapel open. We wish David a speedy continuing recovery after his knee injury (at a recent Charity Cricket match), and look forward to seeing him on duty at Harvest!

 Gift Aid for the Chapel

Thank you to all who have responded to the Notice about making Gift Aided Standing Orders as your contribution to the “housekeeping” and charitable giving of the chapel. If you have not yet got round to it there is a form for you on the table by the door.

LOOKING AHEAD  to December and Christmas AT THE CHAPEL

  • Jerome Recorders Concert Saturday 6th , 7.30pm
  • Chandos Singers Concert Saturday 13th 7.30pm
  • Chapel Community Carol Service 6.30pm Sunday 14th 
  • Following last year’s successful experiment…
  • CHRISTMAS EVE AN EARLY MIDNIGHT MASS FOR THE FAMILY 7pm
  • CHRISTMAS DAY 9am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Contact

The Chaplain, The Revd David Prothero, Email:chaplain@magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

Tel:01225 938595 Mob 07834 269097 or use the “Contacts” box in the Chapel for messages to the Chaplain or Wardens. Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

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