St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

News update 17th june 2021

Last Sunday we enjoyed singing outdoors in the lovely sunny weather.  If you were there, please do let me know what you thought about having our service outdoors and if there is any way we could improve the experience.  I know for instance that some found it difficult facing into the sun, so perhaps we could re-orient the set up through 90 degrees.  A huge thank you to those who came early to help with the extra set up and the packing away afterwards.

This week they are forecasting rain so we will be back indoors but the choir will lift our spirits as they sing for us.  This Sunday is Father’s Day.  What better way to celebrate than coming to church (after a hearty breakfast) to worship God our Father and to pray for all the dads among us.

There is coffee after church at the vicarage.  Please do sign up (list at the back of church).

Our midweek eucharists continue each Wednesday evening at 8pm.  On the 30th June there is a special one to which I would like to invite you.  It will be the 25th anniversary of my ordination as a priest.  Fr Ken Tombs, who was ordained on the same day will be presiding and there will be drinks and nibbles served afterwards. At this service, which falls on an Ember Day we will be thinking and praying for vocations and especially for all those being ordained at the weekend.

We will be celebrating our Dedication Festival on Sunday 27th June.

Vanessa Thornborough is being ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral at 5pm on Saturday 3rd July and you can watch online using this link: https://youtu.be/5MvzIgwnquI

Her first Sunday with us as our new curate is on July 4th.

The next Youthlink meeting is on 25th June at Acton Baptist Church and they are back at St Edmund’s again on July 9th. It starts at 7:30 and finishes at 9:30pm.  All youth of high school age are welcome.

 God bless you and keep you safe, sane and saintly.

In Christ,  Peter

Quick links:

This week’s online service with some lovely hymns.

Children’s Activities and videos.

For Evening Prayer every day (except Fridays) at 5pm, you can just click this link.

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.

https://youtu.be/y2w-7V_Ld9Y.  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 www.hillingdon.gov.uk/community-testing or phoning 020 3949 5786.  About a third of people with Covid don’t have any symptoms so it is worthwhile getting checked out.