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I hope this finds you well
Over half term I had the privilege of visiting the Thiepval Memorial in northern France which records the names of 72,000 British and South African service men whose bodies were never recovered after the First World War. It was sobering to see the name of a distant relative of mine – William Newbold – who was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. War is a terrible thing but it is right that we pause to reflect and give thanks for those who fought for our freedom and also to pray for peace in a world increasingly caught up in violent conflicts.
This coming Sunday is Remembrance Sunday – the day when the nation pauses for a few minutes to acknowledge the sacrifice of so many in past and our present generation. Our main Act of Remembrance will be included during the 10.30am service but both the 9am and 6.30pm services will also include space for reflection. As this year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War we are holding a special evening service at 6.30pm. This will include hymns, poetry, readings, drama and reflection – do come if you can.
Thank you to those who have already returned their financial pledges for 2015. Can those of us who are yet to do so please bring them to Church this Sunday (9th November) so that we can make budget plans for 2015? We currently have a projected shortfall in our budget for 2015 of about £8,000 but this is manageable if we all respond as generously and sacrificially as we can. Our recent teaching on giving is still available on the Church website if you wish to listen again. Please note that we do need to have your response whether you can adjust your giving or not.
You will be aware that Ebola is affecting several parts of West Africa. Many relief agencies are working flat out to protect people from the virus but the need is great and all relief agencies are appealing for help. If you are able to give why not respond by clicking on one of these links and give via Tearfund or Christian Aid…
We have our monthly Prayer Meeting at Church tomorrow evening (Tuesday) at 8pm and would love to see you there.
With my love
Vicar, St Stephen's Ealing
tel: 020 8810 4929