Reporting – January 2018

Dear Friends

A sincere thank you to the Stewards for enabling the extra services and events over Christmas to go so well. Much of their work is unseen and unnoticed but is essential to the everyday running of church life.

Thank you to Sheila Brown and her remarkably cheerful army of helpers for this year’s delicious Christmas lunch. I found it difficult to count the numbers attending as those serving were often up from their seating serving or clearing away but I am told that there were between 90 and 100 people and two dogs. Thank you too to Father Christmas and an elf who came along with gifts for everyone, to Kath Marriott who played the piano for the carol singing and to Lim Ho who ensured that the Queen’s Christmas message was relayed into the church for those who wanted to hear it.

On 21st January we will be joined by our friends from Holy Trinity for a united Covenant Service. The preacher will be the Associate Vicar the Rev’d Steve Jarvis.

With the Christmas decorations only just back in their boxes it is time to think ahead to Lent. The Rev’d Ian Mead has agreed to run a Circuit Lent Retreat for us on Saturday 24th February at Willersey Methodist Church. During the day from 10am – 3pm Ian will lead us on the theme of ‘Walking with Christ in the wilderness’. Given that Willersey isn’t very big and that a number of you responded positively to the questionnaire about retreats and study opportunities please book your place soon – contact Ian on e-mail (ian.mead@methodist.org.uk) or 01386 438713. There is no charge for the day but there will be a retiring offering to offset costs.

Further into Reporting you will find information from the Rev’d Canon Andrew Dow the Churches Together Lent Course. Please note that the meetings will be at St Andrew’s, Shottery, this year.

Mrs Leela and the Rev’d Dr Israel Selvanayagam are proposing to lead a study tour to South India focusing on the life and witness of a small church in a multifaith context with sight-seeing inbuilt. This will be for two weeks in January 2019. The estimated cost is £1200 (excluding local travel in the home country, travel documents and health insurance). There will be a meeting on Wednesday 21st February at 7.30 pm at Evesham Methodist Church for any one interested in joining this tour.

Happy New Year
Audrey Simpson