St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

News update 2nd may 2021

As restrictions begin to ease there are a number of things to pencil into your diary and to pray for.

In church and in our online service this week we consider how Jesus is the True Vine and we are branches grafted into him.  May the life of Jesus flow in and through us to produce the fruit of the Kingdom in our lives.  After church there is the option to sign up (list at the back of church) for four people to join Ruth and me in the garden for coffee, following the Rule of Six.  Alternatively, why not join the Zoom coffee meeting at 11:45 using this link (or Meeting ID: 773 8186 7614 and Passcode: 70wZeu). 

At 3pm the St Edmund's Cycle Club will depart from the church for a 1 hour max ride.

There is a eucharist in church on Wednesday 5th.

Please do pray for the elections for Mayor and Assembly on May 6th, that God would give us leaders after his own heart.  And please do use your vote.

Then next Sunday May 9th after the morning eucharist we have our APCM. Nomination Forms for PCC and Churchwardens and agenda are on the website. 

The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension (10th -12th) are Rogation Days when the church traditionally prays a blessing for the crops, produce and products of the parish.  One way in which to do this is the Beating of the Bounds when we follow the parish boundary praying as we go.  I thought I would do this on Wednesday 12th at 6:30pm by bicycle. If anyone would like to join me you let’s meet outside the church. 

This will be in place of our usual midweek communion which is deferred to Thursday 13th for Ascension Day.

That begins the nine days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost: Thy Kingdom Come 2021 and you can sign up and find more about here.

On Friday May 14th we have the first Youthlink at St Edmund’s for high school age young people, run by a team from the Antioch Community.  Check out their Instagram _youthinantioch_.  The next two are on 11th June and 9th July. 

Further ahead please put in your calendars:

  • Saturday 26th June for a Summer Fayre;
  • Sunday 27th June for our Dedication Festival (It is our Diamond Jubilee 60 years this year)
  • and the arrival of our new curate Vanessa Thornborough on Sunday 4th July.

Lastly, Evening Prayer continues on Zoom everyday (except Friday) at 5pm.  You can either just click this link. Or join using the Meeting ID: 796 5024 2062   Password: 6eUY2W  It’s fine to just tune in and listen but if you want to take part you will find it easier to download this brilliant app which gives you all the day’s readings and prayer in one place.



I had my first jab a few weeks ago and video'd it.  The 16sec Youtube clip is here:

I feel much better since having it.  Feel free to use it in any way that is useful to encourage others to get theirs.  Come to think of it wouldn’t it be ironic if it went viral!

 You can now book a Covid test even if you don’t have symptoms by visiting or phoning 020 3949 5786.  About a third of people with Covid don’t have any symptoms so it is worthwhile getting checked out.