Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Services in July 2013

Audley and Dresden  

Wed 3rd 11am Divine Liturgy

Sat 6th 6pm Great Vespers 
Sun 7th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy
Wed 10th 11am Divine Liturgy

Sat 13th 1pm Wedding of Matthew and Kayleigh
6pm Great Vespers
Sun 14th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy

Wed 17th No Service – Liturgy at Saint Marina’s, Longton

Sat 20th 6pm Great Vespers
Sun 21st 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy
1pm Parish Meeting and Parish Council Elections
4pm Holy Baptism of Agnes
Wed 24th 11am Divine Liturgy

Sat 27th 6pm Great Vespers
Sun 28th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy
4pm Holy Baptism of Elizabeth
Wed 31st 11am Divine Liturgy
Thursday 1st to Wednesday 14th August – Dormition Fast

Sat 3rd Aug No Vespers – Pilgrimage to Ilam

Name days

10th Alexander Joy; Alexandra Meek
12nd Veronica Dobson
17th Rita Guinness
18th Dara Elizabeth Davidchack; Elizabeth Nash
20th Fr Elia; Ghassan Ayoub
24th Anca Bostan


20th Fr Athanasius (2011)
23rd Tameena Ayoub (2011)
26th Arthur James Carter (2008)
31st Tsinara (2008)

Parish Feasts

17th Saint Marina’s Grimsby and Longton (Stoke on Trent)

The right arm of Saint Marina on Mount Athos


More opportunities for support

When you read through the list of services for the month on the following page, you will notice two Baptisms and a Wedding.
Please come along to celebrate these milestones in the lives of the people involved. All these people are members of our Parish so come and wish them well and participate in the joy of these occasions.

More admin ~ Parish Meeting 21st July 2013 at 1pm

This is the time to hear how things are going in our Parish of Saint Michael, Audley with Dresden.
There will be a report from your Parish Priest and an outline of hopes and plans for the future.
The Treasurer, Reader Martin, will give a report on our finances over the last year.
This is when we elect, or re-elect, church council members. These are the people you trust to raise and manage church funds and to help the priest in the running of the parish.
If you would be willing to serve on the council please ask someone to propose and second you (nomination slips inside this newsletter).
Nominations must be in to Fr. Samuel by the Sunday before the meeting at the latest.
As a church family we have a responsibility of love and care for each other, for our two churches and for our spiritual Father.
Please take this opportunity to show your support.

Many excuses for a day out in July and August.

On 17th July – Wednesday – there is a chance to stay local but join with the congregation of Saint Marina’s Church in Longton to celebrate their Patronal Festival. Ever closer links are growing with the community at Saint Marina’s (it was they who volunteered to decorate our Bier this year for Great and Holy Week) and they always have representatives with us for the feast of Saint Michael, so now is the chance for a return visit.
Next is a Divine Liturgy at the little church of Saint Martin of Tours in Stoney Middleton (Derbyshire) with Blessing of the Waters in the Roman Baths and a chance to see the wonderfully dressed wells.
This is on Saturday 27th July at 11:00am.

Finally, there is our annual visit to the beautiful village of Ilam to venerate the shrine of Saint Bertram on 3rd August. As hosts of this event, we try to attend with as many as possible from our own congregation (and choir!), so if you cannot make any other outing, make sure that Ilam is on the list.

Crowland  Pilgrimage - date change

Saturday 10th August sees us visiting Crowland in Lincolnshire – home of Saints Guthlac and Theodore.
Divine Liturgy together with veneration of relics and usually an Akathist.
Bring a picnic lunch and a camera because the ruined Abbey is very photogenic.

Administrative Edition – Please Read!

Simplified Giving

Ever find yourself looking under the bed on a Sunday morning? Tired of reaching down that gap down the side of the cushions on the sofa in vain? Haven’t left enough time to call at the cashpoint on the way to church?
I had exactly this problem and more often than not could either find no money lying around at all, or could only find 50p in loose change from the box of pennies on the windowsill.
Then I discovered Standing Orders and can now give a regular monthly amount to the church without looking through pockets for notes.
It’s very easy to set up and there is a new form at the back of church for you to fill in and send to your bank. That’s all there is to it.
This method of giving is not only easier for you – it is good for the church to know roughly how much money is coming in each month and helps us budget effectively.
Please make sure you also fill in a “Gift Aid Declaration” too if you pay UK income tax, whether you give by standing order or in cash. Those who already allow the church to benefit from your tax, please also fill in a form as HM Revenue and Customs are changing their rules and I want to make sure everything is up to date and correct.
There is a form inside this newsletter for that!

Many thanks

Reader & Treasurer