KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
13th-15th August 10am-3pm £3.50 /day - helpers needed please speak to Jenny Whittaker firstname.lastname@example.org
to Kathryn for organising the Ladies night out meal at The Blue Stoops, it was a very good evening.
SUNDAY 1st FUN RUN
The church will be open during the run and bacon butties and drinks will be served. Volunteers and any of you who are around, please call in.
Don’t forget that there is a service in the afternoon at 3.00pm, at which Helen, Daisy and Marcus Hudson will be baptised.
BUSINESS AS USUAL
As and when a Minister leaves St Andrew’s we are required to set up a Staffing Consultative Committee; this has formal responsibilities in respect of finding a new Minister and ensuring that the church carries on as normal.
Our committee has already met and will work in conjunction with Church Council to ensure it’s ‘business as usual’. The team is being led by Jenny Whittaker and Keith Brook, who become Church Wardens and for the period there is a vacancy they formally represent the Church of England. Chris Phillips and David Blackburn represent United Reformed and Methodist Churches and other members are Richard Barrass, Phil Bungay, Neil Bricklebank, Chris Chadwick, Elaine Hollings, Rob Lake and Fiona Leyshon,
Key tasks are dealing with the recruitment of a new Minister and a meeting has been arranged with senior representatives of our partner denominations for 12 July. The team is also responsible for organising Ruth’s leaving service on the 15th and the grand barbecue that will follow it. There is also the vicarage to care for and, among many other things, organising our Sunday services.
It will be different and in some ways difficult without Ruth, but the team is approaching its tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. But its not all down to this small team – there will be many jobs to be done and gaps to be filled and we hope that all members of our congregation will want to play a part, be it small or large. You may be approached about a specific request, but you don't need to wait to be asked – just let any of us know if you would like to offer to help.
LEAVING SERVICE AND BBQ
We expect Ruth’s last service on the 15th July will be well attended, so suggest you may wish to get here early to get a seat.
We are all now aware that Ruth is leaving us for pastures new, so in the St. Andrews tradition we are holding a Church BBQ after Ruth's final goodbye service on the 15th July. As usual we need an idea of numbers for catering purposes, so there will be a sign up sheet available after Sunday's service for those who haven't already signed up.
We will be providing most of the food and non alcoholic drinks, but we offer a list of suggested items for bring and share if anyone should wish to contribute. These to include Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fruit, Margarita Pizza, Green Salad (tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot, etc), pickles, crisps, and desserts. We will ask that people contributing be mindful of potential allergies and a list of the 14 main allergens will be available on the sign up sheet - also you may bring your own fizzy drinks and wine if you wish.
There is a tradition that the old congregation attend the first service given by the leaving vicar/minister at their new church. Ruth's first service will be in Battersea at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th September. This will be difficult for some to attend, but anyone interested should contact David Blackburn or Phil Bungay. Logistics re travel will be arranged later, at this stage we are trying to ascertain potential numbers only.
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