Please pray for the soul of Fr John Gbakaan, for his family, friends and parishioners following the shocking news of his kidnap and death in Nigeria. Please pray also for the safe return of his brother, kidnapped with him and for peace.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God Rest In Peace.
Vaccine roll out
|Archbishop of Canterbury receives his vaccination|
"As a volunteer member of the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust chaplaincy team, I was given the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine this weekend. I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine when they are invited. Staff across the NHS, and health workers across the world, are under immense pressure on the front lines of this pandemic. They deserve not just our admiration but our support - and getting the vaccine when we have the opportunity is something we can all do to help relieve the burden on them. It has been a privilege to volunteer at St Thomas’ over the past year. Chaplains here and across the country are doing a vital job of providing spiritual and pastoral care to patients, staff and relatives at this acutely painful and difficult time. The rapid development of the vaccine is an answer to prayer – and it is central to the recovery from this terrible pandemic. Jesus Christ calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Getting the vaccine is part of that commandment: we can show our love for each other by keeping each other safe from this terrible disease. To everyone in this country and across the world, I want to say please, please accept the invitation to get the jab when it comes - and encourage everyone around you to do the same."
Fr Frank is now booked in to get his first vaccination at Ashton Gate this weekend.
We pray that the vaccine roll out is fast, efficient, and reaches far & wide to help end this devastating virus.
Feast of St Fabian ~ 20th January 2021
grant, we pray,
that, helped by the intercession of your Martyr Saint Fabian,
we may make progress by communion in the faith
and by worthy service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Annual RSPB Garden Birdwatching event
This is a lovely event each year to help the RSPB with the national statistics of our country's garden bird numbers.
Have you taken part in the Big Garden Birdwatch before?
In this time of lockdown it is a perfect time to join... a perfect time to sit, safe inside in the warm with a cuppa, watch the garden, take some time to be still and peaceful in these strange times.