In January, it felt like David would be away for a long time, but the months seem to have shot by. David left us well provided for with visiting preachers and we have enjoyed welcoming different people and hearing what they had to say. We have shared sadnesses and joys, and worked hard.
The Community survey is now in progress, with several of our congregation training to carry out the survey.
The first performance of the Children’s Choir took place on 16th March to great acclaim and the next one is due on 18th May.
The confirmation classes are running from 1st April, with three participants this year. The Annual Report has gone to press, ready for the AGM on 6th April, when we will also welcome Father Gillean to preach and preside for us.
We also look forward to our Easter services, with Palm Sunday on 13th April, the Maundy Thursday service at 7.00pm on 17th April, the three hours service from noon until 3.00pm on 18th, Good Friday, and our Easter celebration at 10.30 am on Sunday 20th April. The Revd Dr Neil Evans will preach at both the Thursday and Friday services. The Easter fliers have already been delivered but if you do not have one, please take one as you leave the Church for a reminder of the times.
A further date for your diaries is 7.00pm on 1st May, when the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, lately Bishop of Wakefield and soon to be Honorary Assistant Bishop in London will come and preach for our Patronal Festival.
It’s been a busy three months, and once again, I’ve seen how much our volunteers do for the church. What we’ve achieved could not have been done without everyone playing their part, and I am very grateful for everything everyone has all done to keep the church running smoothly. All this has been built on the foundations David left before he went on sabbatical. I think he will find us in good heart when he returns, and very pleased to have him back!
I wish you all a very Happy Easter!