August and everything after

August can be a low month in church life – and whatever you’ve been up to over August, I hope it’s been a restful and happy time. September brings us back together at the start of another academic year, and another year in the church calendar.

I thought it would be good to update everyone on a few bits of news. There are lots of good things to be involved with. Please see the rest of the newsletter with ideas of how to get stuck in.

The first thing is to say thank you to those who kept things ticking over here while we were away in Brazil. While in Brazil, we visited the Revive House for street girls run by our friends Andy and Rose Roberts (they’ve been to visit us at our church services a couple of times). It was exciting to hear about how they want to expand their work among vulnerable children after a large, anonymous donation.

St Mary’s Osterley has a new vicar! Many will know Rosie, the previous vicar, left earlier this year. Rev Elis Matthews and his wife Sheila and son Barnabas have been appointed to the parish after he finished his curacy in East London. Details of their move and when he will start are yet to be confirmed. The exciting news for Rachel and I is that we’ve known Elis and Sheila since we were students in York many years ago. They are excellent people to be partnering with in the ministry of the church in this part of London, and it’s nice to have friends become neighbours.

There was also some sad news. Thelma King died over the summer and her funeral was last Friday at St Mary’s. Thelma, born and bred in Brentford and living in Isleworth for many years, lived to the age of 92 and was a cheerful presence at church for many years and will be missed by many of us.

There was also the devastating news that Michelle Curtis’ partner Adam Pallett died from heart failure in July, with the funeral in August. Michelle and Adam, who have attended St John’s for the last 2 years or so, were planning on getting married and Michelle now has the extra burden of caring for sons James and baby Aidan on her own. Please remember her and all those who grieve in your prayers.

David Maclure

Photo by Patrick Fore