While I am writing this in mid-September as your Priest-in-Charge,
I am confident that by the time you read this I will really be
What is the difference you may ask? The truth is not very much
- there is a technical, legal difference, which these days means
much less than it used to - but we should have tidied up a legal
anomaly and it is nice to be truly a Vicar again!!! (So far,
since ordination I have been an Assistant Curate, a Rector, a
Priest-in-Charge and now a Vicar... and I remain a Prebendary
.... what is in a name?)
Such a lot going on this month!
has been a short delay to the start of the work, I am really
hopeful that by October we will have our lovely new doors in
place, gracing the entrance to St Chad's and extending our welcome
out into the community.
I must make
reference to the 25th Anniversary of the Bells Run which will
happen on Sunday 12th October. I will keep my fingers crossed
for a fine, cool day and lots of entrants! Many thanks to Tony
Ainsworth and his able team who have, I know been working extra
hard to make this year's event truly memorable. Only sorry I
cannot be there this year to cheer the winner home - but I will
be thinking about you.
And the following
weekend, 19th October sees the launch I believe of our new Stewardship
initiative - Digging Deeper. I don't want to spoil anyone's thunder
and hard work by saying too much here - but I am sure you will
be hearing much more about this in the months to come...
Also that day - 19th October - the Revd. Sam Leach will be coming
to take the morning service at 10am while I am finishing off
my annual break. He is the vicar of St Alban's, our partner church
in the 'Close the Gap' programme we are engaged on. I am pleased
to say that a good number of us went to meet his congregation
and see his church in September - and some of our younger church
members made a memorable contribution to our worship that night
- Thank you! So do make him as welcome as I know you can!
Our next course
for those interested in exploring the Christian faith - Pilgrim
- kicks off on 1st October - why not come along and try it out?
We are running this for the next 6 weeks and I am really excited
about the format and resources we have to enjoy on this.
I hope that
on Friday 31st October - Halloween - we shall be providing an
alternative event for our youngsters, through the hard work of
the Messy Church team. This comes at the end of half-term and
I would like us to put on a Party of Light - 3.30pm in the Village
Hall - lots of activities and some good stories and worship.
Aimed at all the young at heart, especially those 4-12, but please
bring a parent or other adult with you!
And by the end of the month we will be gearing up for our annual
service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for all those whom we
have loved and lost - especially in the past 12 months. That
will take place this year on Sunday 2nd November - so watch out
for the lists of names to appear at the back of church. Remember
we will not automatically include anyone who died more than six
years ago - unless you ask us to by name.
Phew! - like
I said, a lot going on....
The Lord bless you and keep you,