Wednesday, 4 May 2016

June 2016 News & Notes

Many thanks to all those running our Annual Parish Meetings
No two were the same. Three took place after Holy Communion, one after a Palm Sunday procession, another during Café Church, and one afterwards. Here St Nicholas, Broadwey consider God's amazing love for each of us. Prayers have been hung on a fence panel, and some of them ask that we might share and explore that love better.

Sun 5 June, Ada at Holy Trinity
Ada is covering for the vacancy at Holy Trinity with St Nicholas, Weymouth. Tim was there last month, and is delighted to report that they have made an excellent start looking for their next leader.

Sun 12 June, Queen's Official 90th celebration
It's great to hear of ideas to make this thanksgiving a meaningful time. What an amazing amount has taken place in her reign. Her strong understated faith is an inspiration to many.

Sun 19 June, St Francis has two morning services
After a trial of a few years the Church has decided to have only four joint worship services a year. Third Sundays will now be like any other, with 9.15am Holy Communion being followed by 10.45am Family Friendly Worship. 

Sun 10 July, Archdeacon Antony MacRow-Wood preaching at St Osmund
12 years ago Antony was Team Vicar at St Francis, and played a full part across the team. It will be good to have him back, and you are warmly encouraged to join 6.30pm Evensong.

St Clements and the Amos Trust
As rural dean, Tim led a voluntary clergy chapter to London to explore character Churches, and tour Westminster Abbey. One of the two that impressed was St Clements, which is the base for the Amos Trust which seeks to support those damaged by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They invited visitors to their evening worship, and offered hospitality in a simple moving ceremony. It made a fitting conclusion to a day of Continuing Ministerial Development.

Michelle Delves will train for ordination
A selection conference was pleased to recommend Michelle for training at Durham, and Bishop Nicholas heartily supported the decision. Congratulations to Lorraine and all those at St Francis for supporting and nurturing a sense of calling. Michelle will be brilliant.