News for 15th October

News for 15th October

You are not alone.

Many years back, I had a conversation with a friend who told me a story of a period in his life where he felt very lonely and how it affected every aspect of his life to the point where he thought no one was interested in his life on earth. 

He had family and friends and was also gainfully employed, yet he felt lonely. It is important to note that the feeling of loneliness is so complex that it can significantly affect people’s overall physical and spiritual well-being. 

We all get this feeling some of the time, and for others, it is a feeling that is unending. Apart from its spiritual effects, studies show that it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, and overall stability in people who go through this.

This friend made it clear to me that he does not think God is in control of his life and said he does not believe even He exists and that if he did, why does he always feel alone? 

Loneliness is more dangerous than you could imagine, but Isaiah 41:10 says, 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

One thing we must not relegate to the background is that God loves us, and he will never leave us. He wants us to trust and walk with him because those who have God are never alone, have a lively social life, and never forget to pray and play hard.

Fr. Josiah


Readings for 15th October

Other News

PCC Meeting NEXT SUNDAY 11:30am – 1pm to plan our Advent and Christmas seasons.

There is Sunday School THIS WEEK at 11:30am-12:30pm. Please invite and encourage your children to come.

Thursday Fun & Fellowship is back on Thursday and Fr. Josiah has some great ideas about things to try over the colder and darker months. Come along if you’re feeling lonely, come along if you enjoy great company – good coffee, conversation and camaraderie. 

The Christmas Tree and Town Lights turn on will once again take place at St. Anselm, this year on the 16th November at 4pm with a joint primary schools choir concert and the switch on at 4:30pm. The mayor will be with us once again.

We’re just heading into the winter period and our heating and electricity bills will almost treble as we attempt to keep the church warm for Sundays and events. It would be wonderful if you could consider giving a little more over the winter period to help us cover the bills. 

Please sign up for Parish Giving (which is a wonderful way to support St. Anselm and helps us claim more money from the government) Go to or call the Parish Giving Team directly on 0333 002 1271 quoting our parish number, which is: 230 623 503.