December 2015 news – Lee Abbey Knowle West

This item was posted a while ago, on 29 November 2015.

Season’s Greeting from Lee Abbey Knowle West

This is an example newsletter that you can sign up for at www.leeabbey.org.uk/smc

 

Knowle West Christmas Community Choir with Richard, Aggy and James
Practices every Friday leading up to the performance during the service on 20 December.

Litter picking and something afterwards
12 December – Lee Abbey Knowle West

Churches Together
We have been and will continue distributing the missional Christmas cards to hundreds of addresses locally in the run up to the joint Carol Service on 4 December in a new venue with better accessibility than in previous years.

Oasis Christmas Fun Day

Community rhythms
We are enjoying our weekly Lee Abbey community meals and weekday prayers.

Local news
Dr Dean who is on the community’s Local Support Group appeared on television a few days ago:
http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2015-11-14/gps-ask-for-rethink-on-plans-which-they-say-could-devastate-frontline-healthcare/

Food poverty
Please continue to pray for all the local initiatives that try to supply emergency food aid at this time of year where some people are faced with the choice ‘to eat or to heat’.

Volunteers needed at the local advice centre
The centre is just opposite the convent and we often join in their morning prayers. Their mission statement is “Inspired by the life and love of Jesus, our purpose is to be alongside people in the local community who are in need of a person to share the weight of difficulties they are facing.” If you are interested, please see http://www.filwoodhope.org/get-involved/

Contacting the community
We currently have no landline number. We will let you know the new phone number and postal address once we have moved into the new Lee Abbey house. In the meantime, please use the email address knowlewest@leeabbey.org.uk for any queries.

“The move”
Pray that the purchase completes without incidents this Thursday, that the move goes smoothly for the Sisters and the Lee Abbey Knowle West community.
James has already helped rehome the goldfish from the ornamental pond at the convent to two new Knowle West addresses. But not just the fish – even the pondweed was gratefully received (at a third address)! We now need to decide how to use the pond space (sandpit? trampoline? lawn?)
News of the new use of the building will feature in the local paper ‘The Knowledge’, which should doormat next week.

Next steps
Please also pray for our Local Support Group and Board as they discuss potential new appointments including the job description for a possible post of ‘community pioneer’ to help us make the most missional use of the new building, garden and location. The next Local Support Group meeting is on 1 December.

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016!
Enjoy this festive video (which has nothing to do with Lee Abbey). https://vimeo.com/55641900

From the Lee Abbey Knowle West community