Friday, 12 July 2019

August 2019 News & Notes

Buckland Ripers Songs of Praise was hosted on a glorious evening, with the church looking fabulous. It was a fitting conclusion to the 'Thy Kingdom Come' days of prayer.

Congratulations to Lorraine Dobbins on her appointment to Christ Church, Warminster. Her last Sunday here will be on 1 September when we can gather at St Francis for a farewell.

Thank you Brian Ellis for many years of inspiring ministry across the Ridgeway Team, including covering maternity leave for Lorraine at St Francis; and oversight of St Osmund. A well-supported service included members of all our Team Churches, and was a great time of praise for God's faithfulness. Brian challenged us to be more effective in sharing the Good News of God's love with everyone in the communities we serve.

Thank you Lynette and Hugh for hosting a fantastic afternoon of jazz with scrumptious tea. The gardens of the Osmington Manor East Wing looked fabulous, and the hostess team worked their socks off winging teapots, scones, and goodies about. The jazz was an amazing variety. Brilliant.

Community Angels is in its 10th year and held a celebratory barbecue behind the Church Rooms. Thanks to the link between Preston Road Surgery and St Andrew's Church around 50 volunteers run a lunch club, encourage social activities, arrange transport, and 101 other neighbourly kindnesses. So thanks to all the Angels, and to Brian Sadler who holds everything together.