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 1 October 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion and Harvest Festival at Clapham
11.00 am Holy Communion at Keasden
7.00 pm Harvest Festival at Eldroth
Sunday 8 October 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
2.00 pm Holy Communion at Keasden
6.30 pm Holy Communion at Austwick
 Sunday 15 October 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
7.00 pm Evensong at Eldroth
 Sunday 22 October 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
2.00 pm Evensong at Keasden
Sunday 29 October 10.30 am United Service at Austwick

Churchwarden’s introduction:  The role of singing in the life of the church

Music has always played an important part in my life ever since I can remember at the age of six getting my shiny black piano and joining the school choir when I moved to a new school.  I was brough up as a Methodist and was in the chapel choir and after attending a Methodist Teacher Training College (where singing was a compulsory subject) became organist at my home chapel and when I later moved to London became organist at the chapel where I had only gone to sample, intending to visit a variety of churches but never got any further after the warm welcome!  After London came Clapham and forty five years ago became organist.

One of the chief things that Christians are renowned for is singing songs and making music.  Congegational singing helps us to praise, helps us to pray and helps us to proclaim.  We praise God to God and we can praise God to others.  As John Wesley exhorted, “Sing lustily and with good courage.  Beware of singing as if you were half dead or half asleep but lift up your voice with strength”.

Many of our traditional hymns as well as many contmporary songs are obviously prayers.  Singing is a form of word ministry.  Do we connect with the words we are singing?  Are we singing from the same hymn sheet?  As a country we are not, but as Christians we should be.  Singing is good for the body and soul.  Dare we say it – the songs we sing are often remembered long after the sermon has been forgotten.

In giving us the ability to sing and make music, God has given us a very great gift.  In calling us to utilise this gift in our church gatherings He has provided a way of praising Him, praying to Him and proclaiming his word to others.  Please remember our combined church choir and organists in your prayers.

Liz Mason, Churchwarden and Organist at Clapham