News for 1st May

News for 1st May

Family and children.

As you all know we were planning on starting a Sunday School here at St. Anselm in September later this year (after our new Mission Priest starts). 

We’d planned on running a summer school for a week to test the waters and take tentative steps towards offering a home for families in Hayes who wanted to reconnect with – or discover for the first time – what being a Christian family was about.

But, as I stood at the altar last week I saw the smiling faces of the families who have come to us over the last few months and I felt a powerful push from the Holy Spirt to get going now!

Why wait? One of the things that people say about St. Anselm is that we are a family – and that is so evident on Sunday mornings.

I looked at Julie and just knew that she’d been keen as mustard to get going and so without even speaking to her, announced the launch of our Sunday School from this week! 

I could see (thank goodness) that she was smiling from ear to ear – as were many of you! 

So, doing what we do best in Hayes – responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit – we kick off our Sunday School much earlier than planned. 

Julie has arranged a great activity for the children and I know you’ll be praying for her – and our new families – as they explore what being a Christian is all about.

If you’d like to help – either in prayer or practically do speak to Julie on Sunday. 

Fr. Matthew


Other news

We’re launching our Sunday School this week! Julie has set up some great activities for the children as they learn about Jesus in the Church Hall during our own scripture and sermon in church. Do pray for her and all those taking part as they start out on this exciting adventure. 

We’re looking to run a summer club for children (10am-4pm) for a week in the Summer Holidays. We have two great volunteers already, but we’ll need more – even if you can only offer a few hours. Please speak to Fr. Matthew. 

The job advert for our new Mission Priest goes out on Friday (6th May). Do look out for it and share it with anyone who may be interested. 

There will be a parish open day on the 12th July for Priests applying for our new Mission Priest job (interviews with +Jonathan on the 13th July). If you’d like to meet the applicants or help with showing them around the parish please be in touch. 

The flowers from Easter are still looking great but now need a little attention. If you could spare some time to give them a bit of love we’d really appreciate it. Please be in touch with either Fr. Matthew or Susan to arrange a time to come in.