The St Giles Patronal Festival
We look forward to welcoming our preacher, The Revd. Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London at 6.30pm on Sunday, 4th September.
First Sunday Giving
First Sunday Giving on Sunday, 7th August completed our season of giving to the work of The Leprosy Mission for this year. £108.94 was received in August, which means that our total giving to the Mission has come to £1,520. Our congregations may not be huge, but they are generous. On the evening of 7th we were joined by Rebecca Tennant, Regional Manager, who represents the Mission in parishes and encourages contacts. It was good to hear from her of the wider work of the Mission. Though the medication to overcome leprosy has long been in place, much work still needs to be done to persuade local communities to overcome the stigma of the condition and to take the full course of medicines. So their work continues. They will be holding their annual carol service as usual in December at St Giles.
The first Sunday of September always coincides with our Patronal Festival. On this day we shall be giving our collections to the work of the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, a large multi-speciality teaching hospital located in Tamil Nadu, India, about 140 km to the west of Chennai. The College seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ through excellence in education, service and research. It was founded in 1900 by Dr Ida Sophia Scudder, an American missionary, and a nursing school was first opened in 1909. About 125 operations take place every day and many thousands of people are seen and treated each year. In addition, about 110 courses in medical and nursing training are offered, through to post-graduate level studies.
The Buried Treasure Bible Group
Our meetings for guided bible reading start up again this month. We shall meet from 1pm to 2pm on two Tuesdays in September, the 6th and 13th (I am away for the other two Tuesdays). From October onwards will be more consistent.