Letter from The Rector

Rector’s Letter

The Revd. Esther Smith
The Revd. Esther Smith

Weekend of 16th and 17th October, 2021
20th Sunday After Trinity

Ephesians 4: 1-16 and Mark 10: 35-45

Dear Friends,

The very pleasant autumnal weather continues and we are welcoming a steady trickle of visitors to St John’s during the day.  If you are out for a walk or for a coffee at the Holy Cow, why not call in yourself and spend a few moments in quiet prayer in this very special place?

We have recently enjoyed visits from the Diocesan Architect and from Emma Brown (B & W Buildings Adviser) who are advising us on how we can cherish and preserve our tradition and yet maximise the welcome offered by both churches to the wider community.  Making the most of their professional advice, both PCCs are drawing together action plans and there will be an opportunity to hear about the proposals developed and how we might support them financially in the early Spring.  Watch this space for more news!

Mid-week activities at St John’s are beginning to take on a regular pattern again and in the coming week, all being well, an events diary will be added to our website. This is the first stage of a system we are introducing for The Benefice called iKnow Church. It’s already used by many churches to improve their Admin, Pastoral care, Communication and Leadership processes. Our aim is to gradually make use of some, but probably not all, of its additional features over the coming year. 

In the week ahead, please pray for Messy Church as they celebrate Harvest (3-5pm on Sunday 17th @ St John’s) and for our church school as all the children walk across the fields on Tuesday morning to celebrate Harvest with us at St Vigor’s.  At St John’s, Thursday’s Tea & Toast Toddler Group precedes Holy Communion at 11am and the much longed for return of Lunch Club at 12noon. (contact Margaret Holcombe to book a place) 

Our regular pattern of services continues with 9am Morning Prayer at St Vigor’s, and 10.30am Holy Communion @ St John’s and on Zoom.  Steve preaches at both services when we will explore Unity in the Holy Spirit.  To join via Zoom please see our Services page.

We will look forward to seeing all who are able to join us.

Every blessing,

Esther