Our friends at Coin Street Community Builders have asked us for our support to transform and improve Bernie Spain Gardens. That's the rather barren area between Gabriel's Wharf and the Oxo Tower. It's urgently in need of improvement, and plans have been agreed which will transform the space. They are applying for Council and Mayoral funding and need local support.
Now more than ever, communities need access to green spaces to maintain wellbeing and improve community relations. Spaces such as Bernie Spain Gardens and our own wonderful Churchyard are vital, offering sanctuary to residents, workers and visitors. They offer escape and relaxation for workers on their lunch break and locals who don't have their own gardens or balconies.
Based on consultations with local people that use the Gardens and designed by landscape architects West 8, the proposals for Bernie Spain will focus on biodiversity, sustainability and community.
Could you support the Gardens? Here's how:
Sign your name in support here: https://coinstreet.org/bsg/
Ask family and friends to sign up too
Share with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thanks very much!
On a similar theme - the Parish Picnic was lovely last Sunday. Lots of people stayed. This Sunday we are celebrating numerous birthdays - Alice Mwanje and her new granddaughter Nubia, Shanon, Elizabeth Sengaga, Andy Humphreys, Deborah... so do come and picnic with them. Bring your own food and drink, as usual. Godfrey is preaching, for the first time since Lockdown, which I am looking forward to.
My sermon from last Sunday, on Facing our Mortality, can be read by clicking on the link below or here.
A request for you all. We have three subcommittees of the Church Council, which do vital work. They are: Finance and Major Fundraising, Events and Hospitality, and Column Inches. I think you can tell by the names what the committees look after. Church Council members are already allocated to subcommittees. If you feel called to serve the church (and God!) through helping on one of these, I would love to hear from you. The work isn't that onerous - a few hours a month, I hope. Thank you, to all who are already part of this.
Finally, we had this hymn on Sunday, as it connected to the reading from I Kings 19. I offer it to you for reflection, in this great heat...
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee,
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love,
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down,
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace,
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm
O still small voice of calm.
With my love and prayers, as ever, and don't forget to support Bernie Spain's renovation - https://coinstreet.org/bsg/