Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Jan 2016 News & Notes

What an achievement
Only three months after Richard Simmons retired we welcome Philip Elliott to continue a remarkable ministry. What is more, both ministers had six weeks learning from and teaching each other. Philip will licensed by Bishop Nicholas Holtam 7.00pm at St Nicholas and St Laurence School on Monday 1 February. He will be installed by Archdeacon Paul Taylor 10.30am at St Laurence, Upwey on Sunday 7 February. Do come and join us.

Refugee support through Christian Aid
A simple lunch raising funds and making us aware of the challenges faced by refugees was held in the Church Rooms. It was also a healthy time of fellowship.

Paris prayers
Our Churches have been praying for the talks in Paris to save our world from unnecessary pollution and warming. St Osmund's used pebbles as a focus for that prayer.

All Saints, Wyke Regis and Advent Light 
The bells were rung to call people to mark the start of Advent at a service reminding us of the opportunities provided by Christian Aid. The focus was on reducing death by malaria.

On 24 January I'll be at Holy Trinity, Weymouth
Canon Richard Franklin will be retiring from this harbour-side parish. I'm going over to begin preparation for the vacancy, and for finding the right person to follow such a significant ministry. As we give thanks for Philip's arrival, let's pray for Holy Trinity with St Nicholas, Buxton Road.

St Laurence Holy Communion
Richard was unable to attend ministers' breakfasts in the town, or arrive at clergy chapters on time because of the Tuesday morning Holy Communion at St Laurence. I'm asking that we move to Wednesday mornings as from February, and I'm sure he will appreciate this move.

Our Annual Parish Meetings

13 Mar: St Andrew, Preston
20 Mar: St Laurence, Upwey
10 Apr: St Nicholas, Broadwey with Holy Trinity, Bincombe
            St Nicholas, Buckland Ripers
17 Apr: St Francis, Littlemoor
24 Apr: St Osmund, Osmington