July Team LetterJuly 8, 2016
People sometimes say to me, perhaps in the run up to Easter or Christmas, “now is your busy time.” My response is usually to wonder when was the quiet time! As you will see from this newsletter the summer months are full of special events. There are more weddings in our Team of churches this year than we have had for a few years, and we have enjoyed special services for the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Southwold Arts festival. There is always a happy and special feel during the summer months as we welcome holiday makers and visitors, many of whom attend or visit our churches while they are here. The ministry of welcome is very important, and leaves people with the sense of being part of a wider church family.
It is good news that Rev Alan Perry has been appointed as our new Team Vicar. The current plan is that Alan will be licensed at St Peter & St Paul Wangford, at 7.30 on Friday October 14th. Please do pray for Alan and his wife Sue as they prepare to move to the Sole Bay Team.
On a sad note, in early June we suffered the theft of all the church silver from Holy Trinity Blythburgh. Such an experience might lead us to ponder the wisdom of keeping churches open. It would be very discouraging to many if we decided to lock our churches. People enjoy the history, the beauty and the peace, and people need and value the opportunity to pray. However we are reminded of the need to be vigilant and sensible, and I ask that whenever you are passing one of our churches that you might just keep a sharp lookout and see if everything appears normal”.
I wish you all a very happy summer. If you are going on holiday to far off places you might like to take this Celtic prayer of blessing with you.
“May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever he may send you,
may He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you,
may He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.
Yours in Christ