June was another busy month in South Wye.
On the 9th June, St Martin’s hosted the Hereford Deanery Archdeacon’s Visitation. This service, when Churchwardens from local churches (and some from further afield) are sworn in for the next year of their duties, is an important reminder of the dedication of Churchwardens to their congregations and churches and Archdeacon Paddy took the opportunity to thank them for their hard work and vital ministry. Maybe we could institute a ‘Thank a Warden’ day to go with the many other commemorative days in the year (incidentally, International Buy a Priest a Beer Day is in September.)
Thank you to everyone who has asked me how I will cope when Anna, Phill and Sian leave our team - and especially to the people who have said goodbye and said that they will miss me! As far as I know (!) I am staying put and I’m really excited that Rev Penny Littlewood will be coming part-time to help us with services. Penny has a real expertise with Life Events services (baptisms, weddings and funerals) and has recently retired from Burghill.
Phill’s leaving ‘do’ and presentation will be on Saturday the 21st in the Parish Hall, from 7:30pm. Phill will preside at Communion the next morning at St Martin’s and the Dean will preach. Phill’s licencing at Burghill will follow on the evening of the 26th. Please let the office know if you plan to attend the presentation on the 21st or the licencing on the 26th, so that we can have an idea of numbers and arrange lifts to Burghill if needed. On the following Sunday, the 29th July, Sian will preach and Anna will preside at a 10:00am joint service at St Martin’s, followed by refreshments and presentations in the Hall. If you would like to contribute to the leaving gifts for Anna, Phill or Sian, please hand your contribution in to the office, to Gill Farlow or to me as soon as possible - and please mark the envelope clearly with the name of the recipient!
More sadly, our community has been deeply saddened by the loss of Tony Wilce, Percy Hughes and Ron Wratten. Our prayers are with all their families, and especially Marion, Val and Ann in their bereavement.
With every blessing,