News for October 1st

News for October 1st

Listening and learning.

It is always essential to try to hear something, be alert, ready always to hear something, and take notes. When we are keen to listen, the window is always opened for learning, and this opportunity must always be taken advantage of. I am thankful to God for allowing me to serve the lovely people of St. Anselm Church and the people of Hayes for the past year. 

This year has been a year of listening and learning. 

It is worth acknowledging that although the journey has not been entirely smooth, God has always been faithful and still supporting and opening our hearts and minds to new things that have been treasured so much. 

We are now moving into a new chapter, especially with the blissful collation service of our new Vicar, Fr. Matthew, who, together with his family, has been with us through thick and thin. 

This is all the handwork of God, and it portrays the direction God is moving St. Anselm towards, which we should be thankful for.

Luke 10:16 says, 

“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me”. 

Both Fr. Matthew and I have been sent to be with God’s lovely people in this church to serve and listen to what God is saying to us and his people. Therefore, the word of God will guide, lead, teach, and encourage all of us in the church of God so that we can serve each other and this wonderful community. May God help us. Amen 

Fr. Josiah


Readings for Sunday 1st October

Other News

I want to thank everyone for an amazing service last week. Bishop Jonathan and Archdeacon Catherine were very taken with everyones love and friendship. We were well over 100 and the joy in the room was tangible. Thank you for all the hard work, all the lovely messages, and all the lovely food! – Fr. Matthew, Catherine & Edmund

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

There is a brass band concert at St. Anselm on the 7th October (flyers in church with all the details). Tickets £2

Thursday Fun & Fellowship is ON for Thursday! There are some new games to play and as always a friendly group of people ready to have a chat, share a coffee and bit of cake, and generally make the world that little bit better.

Rotas – please sign up for the tea & coffee and the reading rotas at the back of church.

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.