Vicar's update 12th NovemberSteve Newbold1

It was good to see so many present on Remembrance Sunday as we took time to remember together.  During the service I addressed the difficult question of How can a good God allow evil and suffering.   If you were unable to be with us or want to hear the talk again, you can listen on the website here
Thank you to everyone who has now returned their financial pledges for next year.  The Giving Coordinators tell me that early indications are very encouraging but not all pledges have been returned so you are still to return yours please do so this week.
I am very excited about next Sunday (17th) when we welcome our Bishop Pete to our service of Baptism and Confirmation at 10.30am.  As part of that, some of the candidates will be sharing encouraging stories of how God has been at work in their lives.   It is going to be a great occasion and we are expecting a lot of visitors so you are advised to arrive early to get a seat.
Do note that this is the main service of the day, although there will be a short said 9am service of Holy Communion – there is no 6.30pm service. Do pray for the fourteen candidates:
Those being baptised
·         Geraldine Qizilbash
·         Eleanor Tao
·         Matthew Tate
Those renewing their baptism vows
·         Paula Bailey
·         Dele Fasanya
·         Chris Willis
·         Youwen Yang
·         Weihua Zhang
Those being confirmed
·         Paula Bailey
·         George French
·         Ivy French
·         Geraldine Qizilbash
·         Ashraiya Sandhu
·         Eleanor Tao
·         Nancy Yang
·         Alice Zhang
·         Weicheng Zhang
The Baptism and Confirmation service will be followed by wine and soft drinks in the church centre.
Finally, our Christmas Fair is just a couple of weeks away (on Sat 30th November) and Sue Charlton our organiser would love to receive more offers of help – there is a table in church where you can sign up or contact Sue.  In particular we need more people to take a poster to display in their homes or a local shop window and also to take some fliers to pass onto friends and neighbours.  There is also a photography competition with a closing date of Sunday 24th November.  All profits from our Fair are going to be given to the Ealing Food Bank.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.