Friday, 6 March 2020

April 2020 News & Notes

Alpha course is back and all are welcome. It's a great opportunity to asked questions about God, faith and doubts. The setting is relaxed coffee bar.

Does your Church have a Parish Eco-Warrior [PEW] who will make sure that our responsibilities towards nature feature highly? This is just one of the recommendations made by the teamwide Lent course, which concludes 7.30pm on 1 and 8 April at St Francis. Even if you've not been yet there's much to inspire, so just turn up.

Congratulations to St Andrew's School for good+ Ofsted result, which was well warranted. The inspectors were thorough, courteous, and enjoyed themselves. They recognised that the school is improving and heading towards being outstanding. Our thanks to chair of governors Marcia Headon, and headteacher Sarah Patterson for such clear leadership.


Coronavirus means Church greetings should be as safe as possible, so here are some suggestions to replace handshakes: foot or elbow touch, nod, bow, or invent non-contact exchanges.

Bishop Karen launched a vision
for Weymouth & Portland deanery at the last synod. It included imagination, training, giving, serving and engaging with communities served by the Church. The synod also talked about how to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

A Lay Worship Leaders [LWL] course for the borough begins with a taster session on 6 May. If you're interested have a chat with one of the clergy. Successful candidates will be commissioned in January by Bishop Karen.

Canon Tim retired as ATC padre after 22 years visiting 1606 Air Training Corps Squadron on The Nothe. He was presented with an engraved mounted glass memorial, soon nick-named the Tim-stone! Fortunately he is still alive and kicking.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

March 2020 News & Note

No Alpha course this month because St Andrew have Annual Parish Meetings. Normal service resumes in Church Rooms on 10.00am 19 April, and then every third Sunday in the month. Each session stands alone, so don't worry if you've missed one.

A Teamwide Lent course on green issues runs 7.30pm every Wednesday in March at St Francis. Sessions fit together, with each evening focusing on one area.

Anthea Jayne O'Beirne was baptised at St Andrew's, with her older brother Arlo looking on. She was as good as gold and took everything in her stride.

Shortlisting of St Francis Team Vicar candidates takes place on 11 March with interviewing and visits on 30/31 March. We hope to appoint first time around, but the most important thing is to find the right person. Do continue to remember all involved in your prayers.

Messy Church made Christingles to help remember that Jesus is the Light of the World. Each workstation had a theme, and family groups moved around getting involved in different craft work. The session ended with a meal together. All welcome to join at 3.30pm in Church Rooms on third Sundays in the month.

A Lay Worship Leaders [LWL] course for the borough is going to run on first and third Wednesdays in the month, from May until December. If you're interested have a chat with one of the clergy.

St Andrew's School uses imagination and invited reception children back one evening to gaze up at the stars. Some dynamic software flagged up what to look for, and even imposed classical images of artwork depicting various constellations.