2017 – The Year of the Bishop!
No they are not endangered, nor is the UN giving them special protection, it is just that Framlingham is being blessed by seeing them a lot this year – their walk in March, Bishop Mike leading sessions on worship in July and now we see him and Bishop Martin again in October. Both times stress important parts of our shared Church life. Taking them in reverse order:
October 29th 4pm – Bishop Martin is coming to lead the Confirmation Service which will also be a Holy Communion. This will be the main service that day as we support those making their Christian promises for themselves and making an important step on their Christian journey of following Christ and being a disciple. But it is a good time for all of us to think about our faith and the difference it makes. On September 10th at 9.30 Jeanette Gosney our preacher challenged us to think how our faith shows, how would anyone know we are God’s people? This is a challenge for all of us to ponder and to support Issy Sholl, Florie Ryan, Jacqueline Ryan, Lucy Wasmuth and Christopher Wasmuth through your prayers and by being with them on the 29th.
Bishop Mike – is coming to the 9.30 at Framlingham and the 11.15 at Saxtead on October 15th and the theme will be healing as we are remembering St Luke who St Paul called ‘the beloved physician’ and so he has become a focus for the spiritual and physical healing work of the Church. At Framlingham there will be the opportunity for the laying on of hands and anointing with oil for those who want it alongside the giving of the Bread and Wine. At Saxtead there will be a similar opportunity and Bishop Mike will preach at both services explaining what this means and how it focuses us on the grace and mercy of God in our lives. This was arranged even before the March walk or the July worship sessions were known – but means we have benefited from his teaching ministry more than our fair share this year.
We can only be grateful for ‘The Year of the Bishops’ and pray for their ministry here and across the diocese.
News from Kagera: Chris and Anji Dawkins, Kagera Link Coordinators, sent this report from Kagera. Thomas Shavu, the co-ordinator, is full of plans and thanks to the success of our Lent appeal some of them will now be realised. St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese will be funding a three year programme of development work, led by Thomas. One of his major projects is tree planting. Because of the traditional practice of cutting down trees for fuel for cooking, the whole area is very bare, which has devastating results when the rains come – the topsoil is just washed away and no water stays in the ground. Thomas took us to one of six tree nurseries he has set up across the Diocese, where we met a group of villagers caring for 100,000 tree seedlings. For their labour, watering and tending the seedlings over the next few months, the villagers will be given a selection of trees to plant on their own land. The rest of the seedlings will be given to local institutions to provide a long term investment and income for the future. So to all those who took part in the Lent appeal, another big thank you from us and from Thomas for giving him the ability to continue this work – and much more.
Harvest Madagascar Appeal: Madagascar has been affected severely by recent floods and droughts. The Anglican Church is responding with emergency aid and training in preparation for future disasters. The PCC has decided that our Harvest Collection should go to this good cause as the world has largely ignored the devastation suffered there and the PCC wishes to show love and compassion for the people of Madagascar. Our money will go through USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) directly to the Church there & the PCC asks for your generous support.
FOSM: Please remember to collect used stamps, foreign coins and notes, and obsolete British coins for FOSM - if you have any spare please bring them to any event, put them in an envelope and pop in the wall safe in the church, or give them to Joyce Spruce or Steph Bennell. There is a box for stamps on the FOSM table near the font in the church.
The Food Bank: Donations are badly needed and your contributions are very gratefully received. It is important that the items are well within the sell-by dates as unfortunately, it can be several weeks before there is enough to merit a delivery. The food from our bin in church is taken to the Salvation Army in Woodbridge who are always in need of donations and even have to buy in food in order to have enough to go round. I know we are always being asked to give to good causes, but if you can keep popping something in our bin it would be much appreciated, any non-perishable foods are more than welcome. Thank you. FOSM
On Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 7.30pm Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich IP4 3DF, Suffolk County Music Service presents "a musical journey through time" performed by Suffolk Young Strings with Conductor: Janet Rowe & Leader: Daniel Oyebade.
Christians across Suffolk are responding with gifts of food, clothing and donations to help those suffering in the aftermath of the tragic blaze at Grenfell Tower - as Bishop Martin tells how he feels heartbroken by the tragedy which could have been avoided. Amongst those Christians responding are the South West Ipswich Team Ministry with a Grenfell Tower Relief Appeal. Revd Robert Hinsley, team rector of Ipswich churches, said: “We would like to play our part and extend the hand of friendship from Suffolk to our sisters and brothers who have been affected and who have provided such an amazing response in the hours after the blaze began. “The donations will be sent through the Clement James Centre, a part of the church of St. Clement and St. James who have been responding since the incident began.” Anyone who would like to support Revd Hinsley’s churches appeal can send cheques payable to SWITM PCC in an envelope stating it is for the Grenfell Appeal, to SWITM Parish Office, c/o St Francis Church, 192 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP2 0QQ
Generosity of Bishops’ Lent Appeal:
The Bishops’ Lent appeal for Kagera has raised nearly £50,000 in just six weeks - with more money still coming in. A huge thank you to all those who supported the appeal, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity and care for our brothers and sisters in Kagera. Parishioners across Suffolk spent the six weeks of Lent thinking, praying, and raising money to support Kagera. Many of our churches organised fundraising events.
Bishop Martin said: “It is the most money ever raised in Suffolk for a Bishop's appeal. The funds will be used both for emergency food aid to help those suffering from famine, and for long-term development in the region. It's an incredible success and I am so grateful to all those who have supported our appeal to help those suffering right now in Kagera." Bishop Mike is flying out to Kagera during October, to meet the new Bishop of Kagera. He will see for himself at first-hand how people there need support. “The diocese of Kagera is desperate to support the hungry and to continue the educational processes of helping families and communities improve agriculture, and develop self-sufficiency. The money raised in Suffolk from the Bishops' Lent appeal will greatly assist in realising these aspirations.“Thank you so much for your support, and do keep in touch via the website at www.cofesuffolk.org/world-mission/kagera or by email on email@example.com
Christian Aid Collection: Thank you so much for your hard work to support our Christian Aid fund raising in 2017. I am very pleased to be able to report that we have raised a total of £2081.76, made up of:
Coffee Morning at Hilda Elliott's home: £405.09
Big Breakfast at the UFC: £ 337.13
Envelopes (via Post Office and Churches) £1339.54
On July 16th at 3:30pm a Pet & Teddy service starring Darius the Donkey and friends will be held at Todds Farm, Chapel Road, Saxstead, IP13 9RB.