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Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - September 2020

on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 1:00pm

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Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

As the summer months draw to a close and we anticipate the beginning of a new academic year and the return of our children to school there is much to share with you.

It was a delight to welcome Bishop Colin to Sparsholt Church on 13th August to commission Gill Thompson as an Anna Chaplain to the Ridgeway Benefice. This is an exciting new venture for Gill and the benefice and we hope that through her passion and commitment Gill will be a catalyst for Anna Chaplaincy in the Deanery and the Diocese

The Right Revd Colin Fletcher: Bishop of Dorcester will be retiring in Octoberafter serving as Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford for twenty years. Bishop Colin has been a great supporter of rural ministry and he has welcomed a number of opportunities to join us to celebrate, consecrate and commission. We extend our thanks and love tohim for his encouragement, support and blessings and wish Bishop Colin a very happy retirement.

We are delighted that Andrea now has a date for her ordination to the priesthood. Andrea has been a wonderful blessing to us all and I am sure that you will want to join the livestreaming of the ordination service in Dorchester Abbey on 20th September. Please see September services for more details.

A big thank you to Andrea for the questionaire that was sent out to everyone to seek thoughts and comments about church services. Thank you to everyone who has responded. Your comments will help to inform our service planning for the coming year. In the meantime we have dispensation from Bishop Colin to suspend church services until the end of September. A big thank you to the team and everyone who has supported our Zoom services.

Over the last few months you may have seen Leila sketching the churches of the Ridgeway. Postcards are now available at Childrey Stores and a2021 calendar, focusing more on Childrey and St.Mary’s will soon be available too. A small donation to our churches will be made from every purchase. Huge thanks to Leila for supporting the churches in this way

Keep safe and well.

Love and prayers,