Carole and Jon Bryant represented All Saints Parish at the Adoremus Eucharist Congress in Liverpool last weekend.
Carole says: “Jon and I feel very blessed at having the opportunity to attend Adoremus Eucharist Congress Liverpool 2018. We had a wonderful time and met with many different people from Diocese all around the country. Also the lovely people of Liverpool who made us feel very welcome.
Most of the keynote speeches can be found on the website catholicnews.org.uk or follow the link on YouTube for Bishop Robert Barron.
The concluding Mass on Sunday saw the cathedral full to capacity and 10,000 and more joined the half-hour Eucharistic procession afterwards in spite of torrential rain.
The procession marked the end of the first National Eucharistic Congress in England for more than a century – and the only one in which the Blessed Sacrament has been carried publicly in procession. On this occasion, the leaders of the Church of England and other non-Catholic Christian denominations joined the Catholic bishops for the event.
For more information, I would be very happy to talk about the Congress.”
This week’s newsletter: 16 September 2018
On Thursday 6 September five of our music group turned out for a double recording of BBC Songs of Praise at St David’s Church Exeter, led by the well-known composer Graham Kendrick (‘Shine Jesus Shine’, ‘Meekness and Majesty’ and many more).
We ended up in the second row so we got a great view, but that could mean that the cameras will have had rather too good a view of us, even if we won’t be heard!
Look out for the first broadcast on Sunday 23 September, and another before Christmas when we will be seen carrying candles – and singing!
This week’s newsletter: 9 September 2018
Parishioner, Julia Crimmins is taking part in the Banger Rally Challenge, together with two friends and a Nissan Micra called ‘Maud’, to raise awareness and money for the Refugee Council.#
The Refugee Council works to help vulnerable refugees to rebuild shattered lives. It offers advice on housing, employment, education as well as therapy. It also safeguards and improves the lives of separated children seeking asylum in the UK.
Julia and her friends will spend five days travelling from St Austell to Morocco via the Plymouth—Santander sea crossing, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. And then they have to make their own way back home again!
In Gibraltar and Morocco Julia will witness the desperate plight of refugees and feel privileged to have the freedom to travel – but also return home. Julia and the team would be very grateful for any donations you can make to help speed the crew on their way.
Visit their JustGiving page
This week’s newsletter – 2 September 2018.
At the beginning of September All Saints Parish will be launching Name Badge Weekend across all three churches in the Parish.
From 1st/2nd September onwards, when you arrive at our churches in Dawlish, Shaldon or Teignmouth on the first Saturday or Sunday of each month, you will be greeted by our welcoming teams who will offer you a name badge. You can, of course, opt out of this experience … but our hope is that the majority of parishioners at our Masses will decide to receive and complete a name badge then bring them back on the first Saturday or Sunday of each month for the rest of the next year.
We have decided to offer this experience because we think it’s important to know eachother’s names! In John 10:3, Jesus describes the Good Shepherd as one who“…calls his own sheep by name…” That’s not a random fact … names are important for identifying the story of how God is at work in your life. How can we minister to people if we don’t know their names? We think it’s critically important that we help our people with this first step of getting to know each other.
People want to be known. We know that there is a school of thought that says that people want to be totally anonymous when they arrive at church. The dangerous application of this belief is that we go out of our way to make it hard for people to connect. We want to give people space to control their experience with our church but we want to meet them when they are ready to connect. The first step to getting connected is by allowing a nice member of our team to help you make up a name badge.
It’s an Invitation to Talk. Implicated in the wearing of the name badge is an invitation to talk with other people. Our hope is that when people come to church that they connect with the community … the goal is to get people talking to each other! People love to hear their own name … it’s perhaps the sweetest word they hear all day. By offering name badges we are multiplying out lots of great conversations in church. What a positive emotion to associate with our parish!
Helpful for Our Team Let’s be honest … you can remember maybe 200 people’s names when you see their faces but you can probably remember stuff about 1,500 people when given their face and name. (Think about Facebook … the fact that you see people’s names and faces boosts your recall about the details of other people’s lives big time!) The name tag helps our team remember a little bit more about our parishioners by just giving them a little bit of information about them.
It’s Not About You … Name badges by definition are about the other people around us not ourselves. It’s a declaration that I’m not the centre of this universe … that I acknowledge that everyone doesn’t know me … that I’m not that big of a deal. When we put on a name badge we are serving other people who might feel uncomfortable coming up to us.
We look forward to calling you by your name.
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