Monthly Service Timetable & Vicar’s Letter

CHURCH SERVICES IN AUGUST

Sunday 4 Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Colossians 3.1-11, Luke 12.13-21
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion
6.30 pm Eldroth ‘First Sunday’ Worship – Theme: The Beatitudes: Blessed are they who mourn

Sunday 11  Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 15.1-6, Luke 12.32-40
9.30am Austwick Morning Prayer
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
2.00pm Keasden Holy Communion
6.30pm Austwick Holy Communion

Sunday 18 Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Jeremiah 23.23-29, Luke 12.49-56
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
6.30pm Eldroth Evening Service

Sunday 25 Tenth Sunday after Trinity
Isaiah 58.9b-14, Luke 13.10-17
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
7.00pm Keasden Evening Service

CHURCH SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER
Sunday 1
Ecclesiasticus 10.12-18, Luke 14.1,7-14
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion
7.00pm Keasden ‘First Sunday’ Worship: Forest Church

Forest Church:  This month we’re trying something new to help people connect with land and all of creation – Forest Church, which is a serice mostly outdoors which can take whatever shape suits the people and the place where it happens.  In September and October each of our churches will hold our traditional harvest services and also on 1 September we will have a first go at Forest Church ourselves.  Everyone’s welcome.

Holy Communion Service at Austwick every Wednesday at 10.30am

Monday Morning Prayer

At 9.00am on each Monday in August a short and simple service of morning prayer will take place at Keasden Church.

John’s Notes: In the spirit of Eccentric Hawker – come to Forest Church
Of the many eccentric clerics Revd Robert Hawker stands out. Dressed in a claret-coloued coat, a blue fisherman’s jersey, long sea boots, a pink brimless hat and a poncho made from a yellow horse blanket, Hawker talked to birds, invited his nine cats into church and kept a pig as a pet. Apparently Hawker also had a penchant for dressing up as a mermaid, and he excommunicated his cat for mousing on Sundays. He is also credited for inventing the Harvest Festival Service.
Hawker ministered on the north Cornish coast parish of Morwenstow from 1834 to 1875. A desolate spot where waves thrashed against the rocks hundreds of feet below the church. Morwenstow was a haven for smugglers and wreckers. But it’s mostly farming country and if you go there today, above the sea cliffs you’ll find the uplands alive with crops and livestock.
In 1843 Revd Hawker introduced a harvest thanksgiving service to his Morwenstow congregation. He put up a notice reading, “Let us gather together in the chancel of our church, and there receive, in the bread of the new corn, that blessed sacrament which was ordained to strengthen and refresh our souls.”
Of course, for countless centuries farmers have gathered to give thanks for their harvest. But Hwker’s pioneering Harvest Festival turned it into the fixture we know today, just as at Christmas we’re indebted to his contemporary JM Neale, who pioneered the carol service.
Unaraid of breaking the mould, Hawker had the imagination to connect the spirit of his community to the praise of God for his generous provision, and he was bold enough to make of this conection a new for of service – which has endured.
Today we’re trying something new to help people connect with land and all of creation – Forest Church, it’s called, a service mostly ourdoors which can take whatever shape suits the peple and the place where it happens. In September and October eac of our churches will hold our traditional Harvest services as always, and also on 1 September at Keasden Church at 7pm we willhave a frist go at forest Church ourselves. Everyone’s welcome – and you’re also welcome to a planning session on Monday 12 August at Keasden Church at 7pm where we’ll decide how to shape our Forest Church into something which really suits our people and our place.

 

Revd John Davies, Priest in Charge
Contact Details:
john.davies@leeds.anglican.org. 01524 805928
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