Congregational Letter - June 2013

Posted by Richard Jones on 20/06/2013 13:18

Dear Friends

As summer approaches (hopefully!) I write to update you on several aspects of ministry at St John’s.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support in our shared ministry over the last few busy months.  There continue to be many encouragements, as well as challenges, which we share in together.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Ian Greenwood’s licensing this afternoon and also the confirmation service on Tuesday evening. Thank you for your support at these significant occasions.

New Evening Service launch in September

Following several months of prayer and discussion amongst the staff and leadership team, and as communicated at the APCM, the PCC have approved the launch of a ‘new style’ Sunday evening service at St John’s, to start in September this year.  There will be a meeting in church at 7pm (following the 6pm service) on Sunday 7th  July to which all are invited to find out more about this service and to ask any questions. 

In brief, the ‘new’ service is intended to complement and complete the menu of services and expressions of worship that we offer. The new service will begin at the later time of 7pm.  Before this, at 6pm, there will be a time for older teenagers to gather for fellowship, food and teaching, which will replace our current PUSH group for those aged 15+.  This will then transition into the service which will start at 7pm. The service is designed to build and deepen discipleship across all ages. The worship style will continue to be largely contemporary and we intend to include creative arts on a regular basis. Teaching will be based on Scripture but presented in a more thematic and interactive way. There will also be time for discussion and prayer in small groups.  A feature of this service will be increased involvement of the congregation and planning/delivery of the services by ‘teams’ consisting of clergy and lay people.

The reasons leading to this considered change will be explained in detail at the meeting on 7th  July.  However, if you wish to speak to myself or Joanna Marshall before then to find out more, please do not hesitate to do so.

Rev Brian Abraham

We are delighted to welcome Brian and Sue back after their well deserved sabbatical.  Brian will now resume his ministry at St John’s in a reduced capacity, taking some Sunday and Tuesday services, occasional offices and pastoral visitation.  Thank you for your prayers for him.

New Curate Ian Jones

Ian has now moved into 3 Thistle Court; his wife Helen and two sons, Ben & Oli, will be joining him at the end of the school term.  Thank you for your prayers and kind ‘settling in’ gifts for them.  Ian will be ordained at the Cathedral at 10.30am on Sunday 30 June.  There will be a welcome tea at 4pm that afternoon in the hall to which all are warmly invited.  This will also be a joint celebration with our confirmees who will celebrate their first communion at the 6pm service.  On that day food (such as cakes, sandwiches, etc..) would be gratefully received and can be delivered to the hall between 10-11am or after 3.30pm.

Joint Morning Services on 11 and 18  August

On Sundays 11 and 18 August, there will be a joint communion service at 10am rather than separate 9am and 11am services. We look forward to the opportunity to worship together during this holiday season.

Church Accounts

I am pleased to report that the 2012 church accounts are almost completed and have been submitted to the independent auditors for examination.  My sincere thanks goes to Kerry Patton for her work alongside Mal.  Once these have been approved by the PCC the accounts will be on public display and we will call an extraordinary Annual Parish Meeting for their discussion and approval.  I will notify you of the date for this meeting as soon as possible.

Church Hall Refurbishment

Finally, as you are probably aware, the current phase of refurbishment is nearing completion and we are very pleased with the work completed to date, all within budget.  I wish to express my thanks to all those who have helped in many ways, particularly David Orritt who has overseen this phase of the project.  Further information on progress and changes to office arrangements for the staff team will follow in due course.

Thank you for your continued partnership in ministry as well as for your support and prayers. 

In His Love


Rev. Richard Jones



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