Vicar's Update

Monday 17th October 2022

Yesterday in Church we began to think about Christian Giving in the context of setting a church budget for 2023.  If you missed the service, can I please encourage you to listen to my talk here (starting about 38mins in) as it provides some useful pointers for us all as we respond in the coming weeks.  Next week Ruth Robinson will think about this a bit more and we will all receive a letter asking us to pledge a fresh financial commitment for 2023.  

Also yesterday, we held a fire drill at both services.  I am pleased to say that we managed to evacuate the building in under 3 minutes but there were also some learning points for us to think through in the coming months. If in the future we should ever have an actual fire, we would assemble across the road in the car park of the old church. 

I am sorry to have to let you know that Maisie Poulton died in the early hours of Sunday morning, Maisie was a dear member of our Church family who was much loved by many.  Despite poor health in recent months she maintained a deep faith and was always a joy to be with – she will be greatly missed.   

If you have children aged 5-11 don’t forget to book a place at our Light Party on Monday 31st October 5-7pm. It’s a fun alternative to Halloween celebrations with crafts, games and food but spaces are limited, so please book soon.  An online sign up form is available here.   

Thanks to all who have signed up to help with ‘Sleeves Up Saturday’ on Saturday 5th November. This is a cleaning and odd job morning and a fun opportunity to give some much needed attention to our Church building – refreshments provided!  There will be jobs for young and older alike so please come along, even if you can only spare an hour.  Sign the list at church or let the Churchwardens know that you can come. 
These are turbulent times in our national life, but I pray that you would find peace and hope in the presence of Jesus throughout this week.

With my love