News for Sunday 1st August: The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st August 2021: The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

With the arrival of August, the holiday season has begun! Not that anyone would really notice. The weather certainly is particularly unseasonable at the moment, with storm Evert due throughout Thursday and Friday across the South West and South coast of England. Yellow Meterological Office Warnings are in place and there could be strong winds and heavy showers. We are told that it's probably due to Global Warming and there is an urgency for us to make changes to the vehicles we drive (changing to more hybrid and electric vehicles), to the way we heat our homes (moving from fossil fuels to solar and wind power), even to the way we use plastics for bags and packaging. Saint Paul wasn't thinking about Global Warming in AD 62 when he wrote his letter to the Ephesians, but there is a common message: “I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live.” If we value God's creation and really want to care for it, then we have to change – or else suffer the consequences! In the Good News from John's Gospel, the people ask Jesus: “What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?” Jesus answers: “This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.”

As a Parish, we have been invited to appoint a Creation Care Co-ordinator who can help us to review our stewardship of God's creation here in Kenton, in our church and our grounds. If you would be interested in taking on this role, please speak to Fr Edward, Fr Mike or one of the Churchwardens. It would not be an arduous task, but it would help us all to focus on how we can become more aware of the things we do, which in a small way are making a big impact on our environment both locally, nationally and globally.

For many people who have been shielding throughout the pandemic, the latest reduction in Covid restrictions has created somewhat of a dilemma. Leaving the security of one's home, mixing with more people, being in close proximity to others still may present a risk of infection. Even those who have been “double-vaccinated” need to take care. That is why we are still advocating the wearing of masks in church and the continuation of sanitising hands and social distanced seating. There is ONE change that has caused a little confusion. Communion is now being given at the Sanctuary step. Please approach in one, single, socially-distanced line to the Celebrant who will stand at the middle of the Sanctuary step. Please receive communion standing and then move away left or right. There should be NO KNEELING at the Communion rail. The First Mass of Sunday is on Saturday evening at 6.00pm. The Parish Mass is on Sunday 1st August at 10.30am. Come and receive Jesus, who is the bread of life.

David Griffiths