Dear Friends August 2019

Dear Friends
Well what a month July has been for us as a church!  The month kicked off with a burglary when thieves broke into the church office and stole the safe containing our Christian Aid collection, communion silverware, marriage registers and some other bits and pieces of cash and keys.  How they managed to shift a safe made from 3inch thick steel and weighing almost three quarters of a ton I will never know – though I did consider phoning around the hospitals to see if anyone had come in with a hernia or bad back – there were no drag marks or wheel marks in the new carpet where they exited.  Damage and goods came to almost £8000.  Thankfully we have insurance and at the end of the day it was just stuff and no-one was hurt – praise God! The congregation, community and other churches have been absolutely brilliant in their support for us.
Following fast on the heels of the break-in we had our annual Summer Fair and what a wonderful day it was and so well supported by so many of you – thank you!  We try each year to introduce something new and this year we had a World Foods stall, a Prosecco and Beer Tent and some really yummy cream teas.  This was combined with lots of kids’ activities and a capital Grand Draw.  We owe a huge thank you to our organising committee and so many from the wider community who contributed prizes for the Grand Draw.
There is a real sense of movement taking place at St Gabriel’s.  As we continue to grow into our community with all the new facilities (check our new community garden) we are seeing more and more families joining the regular congregation as well as some returners.  It’s an exciting time and God is blessing His people in so many ways.  Jesus said “I have come that they may have life and life in all its abundance!” Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?
Someone once said that we all have a God-shaped hole in our lives and we try to fill it with so much stuff that never really and truly fully fills that space.  I believe that! Please do come along and join us on any Sunday morning at 10.30am for a taster and see if it that ‘thing’ you’ve been looking for!
ALPHA will be running again starting in September – a unique opportunity to meet informally, listen to some stuff and then join a discussion to seek answers to those questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the Christian faith in a safe and non -judgemental environment.  No qualifications or previous experience required!
May you and your family enjoy a blessed and peaceful summer break.
Yours in Christ



Easter Services at St. Gabriel’s 2019

Easter Services at St. Gabriel’s


Sunday 14th —Palm Sunday


Thursday 18th—Maundy Thursday Supper and Service—7pm


Friday 19th—Good Friday Service—10am


Sunday 21st—Sunrise Service and Breakfast—7.30am


Sunday 21st—Easter Day Service—10.30am
Please come along and join us in celebrating the greatest single event in the history of humankind!
He died for you!
He rose again for you!


Fabulous Back to the 80’s Disco

Don’t miss out!!
Get your tickets to our fabulous
Back to the 80’s Disco

Act of Remembrance

Please join us for our
Service and Act of Remembrance
at 10.30am on Sunday 11th November

Dear Friends September 2018

Dear Friends,
Welcome back!
Is it me or is time really passing quickly? It feels like only yesterday that we were melting in the Mediterranean temperatures of July and here we are in September, though as I write we are still enjoying good weather with the first real autumn temperatures perhaps only just around the corner!
Time often feels like a piece of elastic – it can seem to stretch and go on for ever or it can shrink and pass really quickly depending on what we’re doing, who we’re with or where we are – this becomes more obvious as you get older (so I’m told). But we can also be the ones responsible for speeding things along. Already in some shops we’re seeing a combination of Halloween, Fireworks and Christmas goods on sale and we’re buying into them. Perhaps we could combine them and call it something like ‘Hallo Christ’!
Seriously, these days there hardly seems to be time to enjoy the moment, relive the experience or reflect on the journey! WHAT’S THE RUSH!!! I sometimes think we need to impose speed limits on our lives so that we don’t miss the best moments. How often do you take time out to be still and quiet, more importantly do you take time out to be still and quiet? In the midst of all the daily activity of our busy lives it becomes increasingly important to seek out those quiet moments, to find time just to chill out and be ourselves. King David the author of many of the Psalms in the Bible wrote “Be still and know that I am God!”
As we return to the more normal routine of life after summer the daily focus tends to be on meeting our physical and emotional needs but it’s more important that we do not neglect our spiritual needs too. So when those quiet moments occur take the opportunity to follow King David’s example and be still before the one who created all things.
In Christ
Vicar of St. Gabriel’s
P.S. Hope to see you at one of our Harvest Festival Weekend events 21st to 23rd – see our website or fb for more

Harvest Festival Weekend

Harvest Festival Weekend


A fabulous whole weekend of fantastic food, fun,

praise and worship!


Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd September


Friday—Harvest Supper—fabulous Hog Roast, singing and dancing


Saturday—Harvest Festival Fayre— A wonderful Fayre jam packed with local food and craft producers and a Harvest Cafe


Sunday—Harvest Festival Praise and Worship


Easter Day Family Celebration Service 2018

Please join us in celebration at our
Easter Day Family Celebration Service
Sunday 1st April 2018

Easter Day Sunrise Service

Join us at 7.30am tomorrow, Sunday 1st April, for our
Easter Day Sunrise Service,
followed by breakfast.

Sunday 1st April

Sunday 1st April

Easter Day


The Resurrection of Jesus

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20:1-18

Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday 25th March

Please join us tomorrow for our Palm Sunday Family Service
when we will commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
by the distribution of Palm Crosses.
Hosanna to the King!