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HARVEST THANKSGIVING – FAMILY MASS 9.30am, PARISH MASS 11am
On Sunday October 4th it is Harvest Thanksgiving. There are services at 9.30am and 11am.
Preacher: Fr Thomas Couper, curate. Readings: Joel 2: 21-27; Matthew 6: 25-33.
Please observe the social distancing rules at both services – wear facemasks, sit at the end of the pews and follow the sidespeople’s directions for communion.
At 9.30am it’s a Family Mass, with music performed by members of The Choristers.
At 11am it’s a Parish Mass which will be live-streamed on Facebook here.
For Harvest Thanksgiving, we’ll be collecting as usual for The Upper Room and St Mary’s Convent.
See a list of the items requested by The Upper Room below. Please leave goods at the back of the church.
– Or you can make an online donation to our charities via our Virgin Moneygiving page here.
– Or you can now donate to Ealing Foodbank via the Bankuet website, which will pool donations to bulk-buy items. By signing up as one of the first 25 churches, our donations will be matched up to £250 so our giving will be doubled.
Please go to bankuet.co.uk/givenow, select “Ealing Foodbank” below the map and click on the red pin to “Give Now”. Choose your “bundle” (one-off or monthly), select the “size” of your bundle/donation and click on “cart” to go to Checkout. Then click “2 – Additional Information – Fundraising campaign” and select “Harvest – St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park” to make sure your donation qualifies for matching. Thank you!
John Clark, chair of the SMAAA Charities Group, writes:
The Upper Room is one of the three charities we as a church have chosen to support. Based in Shepherd’s Bush, the Upper Room is a front-line charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people. They work with ex-offenders and homeless people, amongst others, to help them improve their lives and social conditions, and gain the self-confidence to become economically independent and productive members of society.
The charity helps over 1,500 different people every year and, amongst other things, serves over 26,000 hot, nutritious meals. They are currently offering a takeaway service on account of the pandemic. At Harvest time we try to offer extra support by collecting items which they need for this extraordinary operation. To find out more, take a look at their website.
Please bring your contributions along on Harvest Sunday. Have a look at home or add a few extra items to your shopping trolley. A list of what they need is below. Do give generously.Foods with a past sell-by-date cannot be accepted. They prefer tinned food with at least 12 months remaining for consumption.
Thank you for this practical support.
SMAAA Charities Group
|PPE||Face masks, disposable gloves, anti-bacterial hand gel and hand wash|
|Basics||Jarred sauces, olive oil, cooking oil (sunflower preferably) vinegar (any type)|
|Tinned foods||Fish (salmon or tuna), meat, soup, vegetables, pulses|
|Seasonings||Stock cubes (veg, chicken, beef), bouillon powder, tomato puree, ground pepper, salt|
|Beverages||Instant coffee, long life milk, squashes, juices|
|Clothing, etc||Trainers and shoes (good condition), new underwear and socks, winter hats and gloves (large), clean casual warm clothing in good condition, winter coats, black shirts and trousers|
|Toiletries||Disposable razors, shaving foam/gel, soap bars, deodorants, nail clippers, shampoo, shower gel, body lotions, pocket size packets of tissues|
Bleach, anti-bacterial all-purpose cleaning spray, disinfectant, Milton steriliser, toilet cleaner, toilet bowl rim blocks, toilet cistern blocks, washing up liquid,
strong black garbage bags and bin liner sacks (large); rubber gloves, latex/hygiene gloves (large/medium sizes)
Large sponges for kitchen, kitchen rolls (catering size if poss.), toilet rolls
Cling film and aluminium foil (catering size preferred), plastic cutlery, take-away containers with lids;
Items in bold are the most useful
Please not….. scarves, loose tea, breakfast foods (cereal, porridge, jams), tinned spaghetti/macaroni cheese, any wholemeal pasta, spaghetti, cannelloni, unusual size pastas, chutneys, pickles, chilli sauce, bbq sauce, dried pulses which need soaking, baked beans!