The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

Weekly Message from the Rector – Fourth Sunday Before Trinity – 31st October 2021

Dear Friends,

Most people are potentially quite volatile as we begin to move into what feels like the third Winter of Covid. Expectations have changed, but fear and apprehension have not.  It is important, at such times to keep focussed on the hope that we have in God, and on the good of God which is at the heart of all life on earth.

Brendan Kennelly writes about ‘The Good’:

Let us celebrate those who work for the common good wherever we find them.  Let us continue to cling to the death and resurrection of Jesus as the Godly sum, in human form, of all good.  Let us give thanks.
Services throughout BTCP this weekend:
31st October, services will be as follows:
8am Communion St Peter’s. 
10am Communion:  St Peter’s: I shall preside and the Rev’d Dr Chris Steed will preach.
10am Communion: St Augustin’s: The Rev’d Steve Parselle.
10.45am Communion:  St Stephen’s:  The Rev’d Stephen Holmes.
4pm Choral Evensong: St Peter’s. 
Tuesday, 2nd November, is All Souls’ Day, and there will be a Requiem Mass, attended by members of the Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary, and open to everyone, at St Stephen’s at 7pm.
Amongst others, your prayers are asked for those who are approaching the end of their lives: particularly for Trevor Lambe.
Next Sunday, 7th November, services are:
8am Communion: St Peter’s.
10am Communion: St Peter’s.  I shall preside and our LLM, Mrs Lucinda Terry, will preach.
10am Communion: St Augustin’s: The Rev’d Steve Parselle.
10.45 am Communion: St Stephen’s: The Rev’d David Lund.
4pm Choral Evensong: St Peter’s.
Masks can be worn at worship in all three churches – although it is no longer a legal requirement.  Sanitising remains a safe practice. If you don’t want to be next to folk who are singing robustly, just quietly and politely move away. Our churches are large enough to accommodate people with a variety of views and vulnerabilities.
Communion will continue to be offered in one kind (bread only, dipped lightly into the consecrated wine) to those who queue, one by one, distanced, in the main aisle.
Let me know, please, if you can help with teaching in Sunday School – it is an urgent and sharp need, to enable us to care properly for the many children who are brought to our churches.
Keep safe and well,

The Rev’d Dr Ian A. Terry


Visiting Research Fellow: Winchester University

Team Rector:  Bournemouth Town Centre

Chair: Local Governing Body: Bournemouth Collegiate School

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