Service sheet for 1st September

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 1st September 2019

Patronal Festival

St Giles Day

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news; he has sent me to proclaim release to the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

Our Preacher today is Fr David Roper.

The hymns, collect, psalm and readings for today’s Mass are all set out in the white Patronal Mass service sheet. Hymns are from the Celebration Hymnal. The Mass today includes the blessing of herbs to symbolise that St Giles lived on herbs whilst living in the wilderness. Please do take some herbs home and make something beautiful from them to share with someone else.

The organ voluntary concluding the Mass today is Widor’s Toccata.

There is a celebratory glass of wine after Mass, and a fun auction to help raise some funds for the church, further to yesterday’s fete. We hope the auction will be a bit of fun, and you might even pick up a bargain! In the Churchwardens’ notices we shall tell you how much was raised yesterday.

Bob Emsell Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head Organist Ian Graydon 1st Reading Julia de Salis 2nd Reading Chris Stokes Intercessions Kate Baldry Chalice Carol Cullum Servers Susan Morris-Prosser, Ben Shread, Kathryn Ives, Jen Gerrard and John Baldry

Monday 2 September 10.30am Daytime Bible Study Group meeting at Elsie’s
Tuesday 3 September 12 noon Said Mass Gregory the Great 604
Friday 6 September 10.00am Said Mass Allen Gardiner, SAMS 1851
Saturday 7 September Visiting team of bellringers to St Giles
Sunday 8 September Trinity 12 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
Traidcraft Stall after the Mass

Next Sunday’s readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

Our 2019 motto text is: “I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 – day off Monday
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503)

We welcome any newcomers to our church today.
Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. And do take a look at our website, to be found at
A big ‘Thank You’ to all who made the Fete yesterday such a successful day!
Traidcraft – regular monthly Stall after the Mass next Sunday. Craft items will be on sale during the Heritage Open Days. This is one of the few opportunities during the year to see the craft range.
Parish Bible Study Groups Our new day-time Bible study group will meet for the first time tomorrow, Monday 2nd September. The evening group next meets on Tuesday 3 September at 7.30pm at 40 Havelock Road. If you are interested in joining a Bible Study Group do chat to Jen (daytime group facilitator) at or on 07917 756626, or to Karen (evening group facilitator).
The Norfolk Churches Trust annual cycle ride/walk is on Sat 14 Sept (9am-5pm) and the Heritage Open Days are from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September. We need volunteers to keep the church open for both these events. Please sign up on the lists at the back of church today. Fr Darren has sponsorship forms for anyone who would like to take part in the cycle ride/walk. The money raised is split 50:50 between the Trust and St Giles. Please do sponsor those taking part!
Our Harvest Festival Mass is on Sunday 15 September Please do bring in your Harvest gifts to present at the altar. Items will be made up into food parcels for those who live in West Pottergate. Tinned items are good, e.g. tuna, ham and pork. The Mass will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch. Do sign up on the list at the back of church with what you can bring along for the lunch. Thank you!
Heritage Open Days extra time Although St Giles is only open ‘officially’ for the weekend 13-15 Sept the HODs run from 13-22 September. It is hoped that those who volunteer to keep the church open may be able to offer some extra opening opportunities during this extended period as there may be some more visitors about. Please sign the Churchwardens diary to indicate when you may be able to open the church. Thank you!
Our September Charity is the John Aves Education Project. See the display on the charities notice board for more details. If you would like to make a personal donation to add to that which the PCC gives, then please put your donation in the box on the table by the charities board (gift aided if possible).
Date for the diary Fr Darren has been invited to preach at the Cathedral on Sunday 8 December at 3.30pm. The Dean has invited all from St Giles for tea and cake in the Refectory following the service. You are warmly invited.
Our little lending library – why not take some time to browse through the books? You will find the library round the back of the hymn book shelves. There is no need to sign up – just borrow away!
Our Parish Share next year will be £32,815. This means that we shall be paying a further £566, an increase of 1.75% over our 2019 Parish Share. Please can I ask you all to consider prayerfully how you can increase your giving next year so that between us we can manage to cover this increase? Thank you! John Baldry
Have you ever thought about seeing a spiritual director? To journey with someone offering you spiritual direction? The Diocese offers such support and guidance as we seek to grow in our Christian discipleship. Details about spiritual direction can be found on the Diocesan website or by contacting the Revd Canon Andy Bryant at the Cathedral.
Newsletter via email – would you like to receive this as soon as it is produced? It can be easily set up on the church website. Click on the FOLLOW box at the bottom of the page and enter your details. You will now get the newsletter by email each week. Any problems – please speak to John Baldry.
Any donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens. Thank you very much!
Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be at Norwich Cathedral in November. If you haven’t been confirmed and are interested then please do have a chat with the Rector, who will be leading confirmation classes this Autumn.

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