Rector’s Report 19 May 2020
Second Year of the PMC: In Lockdown PMC has still continued with people Dwelling in the Word via Zoom and telephone conversations and at home.
Pioneer at Rode: On Sunday 26 April I was delighted to announce the appointment of Reverend Alexandra Holmes as our new Associate Priest – Rural Pioneer. Details of Alex can be found here. She will be moving into the Old Rectory in Rode as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Curate: Jo Robinson has completed her studies at Trinity College Bristol. A house has been found for her to live in, in Norton St Philip and she is hoping to move again as soon as restrictions are lifted and to commence work in the parish from the 1st July. Ordinations have been moved to the 27th September.
Buildings have been closed since the 23 March However we have continued to send out links to a ‘Virtual’ Sunday service every week – together with extra prayer times and reflections particularly in the lead up to Easter. The wonderfully encouraging part of this is that from the figures we are reaching more people than we would normally in all our buildings! God is at work. A huge thank you especially goes to Tony Day who is putting in many hours each week ensuing a beautifully and seamlessly crafted service goes out. This has ensured a wonderful sense of still being together despite being in isolation.
The APCM has been deferred until 29 Sept and all existing PCC members are in post until then.
Importantly, we will be looking for new people to be joining the PCC at the APCM – so please do pray for those people to come forward and talk to me if you have any ideas of people who could be invited to join.
- Thank God for His abundant provision and answers to our prayers
- Alex as she moves to Rode
- Jo as she moves to NSP
- PMC Dwelling to fan into flame our vision for the way forward in the parish
- New folk to join the PCC
- ‘Virtual’ Sunday services those they reach and all involved in producing them.
Dates for your diaries the next few months
13 July PCC meeting – by Zoom if we still cannot be together in person
27 Sept Jo’s ordination
29 Sept APCM
9/10 Oct PMC Cluster
‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed;’
2 Corinthians 4 v 8 & 9