Dear member of the All Saints family,
1. Firstly, a big ‘Thank you’ to the All Age Worship team, who led the live stream Zoom service on Sunday! It was good to have so many faces (including very young ones!) taking part, and there was something very special about having it live. It was also really good to see the congregation as well. The team did brilliantly, with a special thank you to the excellent younger contributors.
2. In our search for the new vicar, I am very happy to report that the adverts are now complete and are out or will be out soon, and our Parish Profile has been posted on the Simeon’s Trustees website. Do have a look – it is the overview of our church and parish and the activities of the church. It paints a picture of our parish so that interested applicants gain a realistic understanding of what we are like, what is happening in our church and what developments we would like to see. It also has a page where we set out the skills and qualities that we feel God is leading us towards (based on the results of the questionnaire that we shared with the congregation) to be our next vicar, which is used as the basis of the adverts. You can see it via the following link:
As we have said, this mammoth task was coordinated by Alex Lewis, our PCC secretary, and had contributions from leaders of the many activities that take place around All Saints.
The next step is that potential new vicars will be looking at the adverts and profile. Please pray that God’s choice for our new vicar would see an advert, look at the profile and receive God’s call.
3. Please also pray for our PCC meeting on Monday 15th – there are many items on the agenda as we manage the ongoing activities of the church.
4. Jeff Turnbull has added a notice on Safeguarding Training to the church notice sheet – there is an opportunity to update our knowledge as the Church of England has launched excellent online training. The modules are easy to access anytime that is convenient. Do look at the sheet.
We have much to be thankful for as God guides us and blesses us through these unusual and strange times of the interregnum and a global pandemic.
From Joshua Ch 1 v 9:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
With best wishes and prayers for God’s blessing,
Andy Creeth and John Chester, Churchwardens