Following last weekend’s appeal for volunteers to help with the events outlined by Fr Steve* in the newsletter, we have heard from only one person.
We really want these proposed gatherings to go ahead, but this cannot happen without help, so please give some thought as to how you can help. Just volunteer for one event and see how you find it. If it is fun, you can volunteer for more.
We are keen to hear from people to join the team preparing the Jubilee Tea Party.
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*I am therefore delighted to announce that a series of events is now firmly in the parish diary………
Saturday 18 June – The 6.00 pm Mass will be specially for couples who have married at St Edmund’s in the last few years. This will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall.
Sunday 19 June – At 11.00 am there will be a reception in the Hall for those who have had their children baptised in the last couple of years. This should bring together some of the families who have moved to Beckenham quite recently and others who are longer term parishioners and
From midday – 2.00pm we will extend the invitation to couples and families who have joined the parish in the last few years and who would like to meet other newcomers.
These gatherings will be advertised in the parish newsletter.
Other events that we have planned are designed to bring the whole parish together and include:
Friday 3 June – Afternoon Tea for the Jubilee in the Hall and garden
Saturday 18 June – Quiz Night in the Church Hall in aid of The Passage.
And looking ahead to autumn we hope to see you at:
1 October – Auction Night in the Hall
3 December – Family Christmas Karaoke and Disco in the Hall.
10 December – The annual Parish Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Hall
17 December – Christmas Afternoon tea
As you can imagine, all of these events will need support with planning and organisation, so I am asking for volunteers to come forward. You will not be signing up for years of hard labour, just for one or two events. Maybe you could get a group of friends together and build a team.
Please email or phone the Parish Office stating clearly which event you would be able to assist with and we will get in touch.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of this parish and I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for your time, your good cheer and your commitment to St Edmund’s and the Catholic Church. None of what we hope to do can happen without help from you, so if you have never offered your help before or never been asked before, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.
As I write this, it is a fresh sunny day, full of hope and promise and I am mindful of and grateful for the many talents and graces that we have in our parish. So, I will finish my letter to you with these words from Peter which we can all take to heart:
Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others.