News for 19th March

News for 19th March

A trinity of Bishops!

This week we were visited by Bishop Sarah, Bishop of London. Bishop Lusa, Bishop of Willesden, and our own Bishop, Jonathan.

The visit was part of the Bishop of London’s tour of the Willesden & Fulham Areas. She arrived with the entire senior staff and we shared a time of prayer together before having some lunch.

Many people from the parish were able to meet with the bishops and the senior staff and tell them exactly what they thought of St. Anselm’s!

They got to try out the coffee bike and hear about the amazing work so many of you are doing here.

This visit comes on the back of two successive Sundays where our attendance has topped 50. 

There is now a real sense of renewal and purpose here in St. Anselm – something I know none of you will be surprised about – but to hear it confirmed by the visiting bishops and senior staff is deeply encouraging.

Everyone should be proud of their part in this amazing renewal and their part in planning new and exciting projects launching soon. 

These new projects include a Sunday afternoon Children’s and Youth Club as well as a new Playgroup and the return of monthly Evening Prayer & Benediction. 

You’ll also notice some plans for a re-designed entrance (on the noticeboards at the front door) that will make us more accessible and attractive to those wandering by.

How wonderful it is to be loved by Jesus and to be following the Holy Spirit in this place alongside you all!

Fr. Matthew


Other News

This Sunday we celebrate Mothering Sunday. A lighter day during Lent during when we celebrate ‘home’. Mothering Sunday was traditionally the day people would travel home to the church they were baptised in and visit family – especially our mothers. So come this Sunday as we celebrate all those who care for us, our families, whoever they are whatever they look like. We also have a small present for our mothers.

During Lent there will be a Priest available for confessions for an hour before each mass. Make your way to the statue of Jesus and the Priest will hear your confession or will help you make your first confession. 

Julie, Susan and Fr. Josiah are advancing plans for a new Sunday afternoon children’s service and club – 4pm to 6pm on the last Sunday of each month. The first service will be on the 30th April. If you’d like to be involved, please speak to Fr. Josiah.

From the 30th April we’ll be launching a new Evening Prayer & Benediction service on the last Sunday of each month at 6pm.

Can you bring in any spare plastic bags you have for foodbank please.