Monthly Service Timetable and Vicar’s Letter

Holy Communion Service at Austwick every Wednesday at 10.30.

Visitors to our villages are most welcome at our Church services.  Do come along and join us.

Sunday 5 November 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
9.30 am Holy Communion at Eldroth
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
11.00 am Holy Communion at Keasden
Sunday 12 November 9.30 am Remembrance Service  at Austwick
10.55  am Remembrance Service at Clapham
2.00 pm Remembrance Service at Keasden
6.30 pm Remembrance – All Souls at Austwick
 Sunday 19 November 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
7.00 pm Taize Service at Eldroth
 Sunday 26 November 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
2.00 pm Evensong at Keasden

Churchwarden’s introduction: November is a month for remembering

Since the seventh century the Church has celebrated All Saints Day on 1 November.  It is a time to remember those Christians who have gone before us, both those officially declared Saints by the Church and those who are saints in the biblical sense, “sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Cor 1:2).  These saints, great teachers and prophets from history and those who have taught us personally, have transmitted the faith down the generations and inspired us to learn from their lives and follow in their footsteps.

Later in the month on Remembrance Sunday the country unites to remember with gratitude all those who suffered or died defending our freedom in the world wars of the twentieth century and in later conflicts.  Many wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance – they grew in profusion in the fields of Flanders in ground churned up by shellfire, their blood red colour and roots, as poet Isaac Rosenberg said, in men’s veins, recalling the bodies of dead soldiers.  In our service the act of silent remembrance brings people together and helps lead to a commitment to ensure that the sacrifice of the fallen is not forgotten or wasted and to work for peace and justice in all areas of life.

So, two opportunities to pay tribute to our forebears and to commit to following their example in our lives as Christians and by working for a peaceful and just future.

Lorna Pimperton, Church Warden, Eldroth