News for 16th July

News for 16th July

It’s mission, but not as we know it.

Last Thursday we launched the first of two new Thursday evening events designed to reach out into the wider community of Hayes and make people feel welcome. 

Last week we heard about our new initiative ‘Thursday Fun & Fellowship” and this week I get to share “Spanners and Coffee”.

Our new monthly meet of the famous 59 Club will happen on the second Thursday of each month.

This week we saw a huge diversity of people attend – people who rode Triumphs, Hondas, Harleys, Aprilias, BMWs – they were all represented!

We welcomed people who have lived in Hayes their entire lives and remembered the 59 Club from the 60s & 70s and came into the church for the first time in the lives.

We saw friends and family of people who come to church regularly but who were too afraid to step in themselves.

We saw bikes in the nave, at the font, and in the aisles. We saw 21 year old guys taking photos of their machines with the altar in the background and sharing the images to all their friends who now want to come to church.

We welcomed local business owners who have a connection with the biker family and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

There were hot dogs, burgers, coffees, hot chocolates and fries. It was a huge success and I can’t wait until next month to meet new amazing people who had never thought of coming to church… but just maybe… this may work for them and they may come to know Jesus.

Fr. Matthew


Readings for 16th July, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Other News

Our new Sunday School is up and running and is an hour after mass every other Sunday. There is Sunday School NEXT WEEK at 11:30am-12:30pm. Please invite and encourage your children to come.

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.

We are planning a Bible Study Evening for Thursdays starting on 27th July, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. We will come together to have informal discussions on interesting topics in the Bible, share ideas, experiences, have tea / coffee, pray, and play board games together. Let us pray about it for the will of God to be done.

An enormous thank you is owed to all those who helped host our very first motorbike meet with the 59 Club – but especially to Julie who manned the BBQ and Coffee Bike and then cleaned it all up afterwards! 

Please keep any eye on services during the week over the summer. With so many other churches to cover and with holidays there are often last minute changes.