March Letter from Revd Simon PitcherFebruary 26, 2016
On 31st January at St Margaret’s Reydon we said goodbye to Revd Rich Henderson and his family. The church was packed for the occasion, and there was a special choir to lead the music. It was an emotional service, summed by Revd Rich in his sermon, as he contrasted the joy of entering a new ministry in Beccles with the pain of leaving Sole Bay. It was clear that everyone present was grateful for all that he has given over the past six years, and he moves to Beccles supported by much love and friendship. I will miss working with Rich, as he has been a wise and supportive colleague.
Looking to the future we have begun the process of preparing our advertising material as we look forward to recruiting a new Team Vicar, hopefully later this year.
In the meantime I will continue to serve as best as I can, and am grateful for the support and understanding of everyone in our eight Team churches.
Now that we are in March we have entered the season of Lent, and I hope that many of you will have attended our series of Lent lectures on Sunday evenings at 6pm in the URC, and our Lent lunches in St Edmund’s Hall on Fridays at 12.30 in St Edmund’s Hall. Our Lent activities continue until Palm Sunday on March 20th.
During Holy Week there will be a service each evening within the Team, and Revd Malcolm Doney will speak each night on the theme of endings and beginnings, looking at the Biblical story of salvation in the Old and New Testaments, and the momentous events of the week leading up to Christ’s crucifixtion and his resurrection. You will find the details of Malcolm’s addresses advertised later in this magazine, and we hope you will come along to support him and to journey together to the foot of the cross.
On Saturday 12th March I have invited all our wedding couples to a wedding preparation day. This year it will be held in St Edmund’s Hall in Southwold. We look at the process of planning the service itself, but also explore some ideas on how to build a happy and successful relationship. Our churches remain popular wedding venues, and couples often choose to travel long distances in order to be able to marry in Sole Bay. We are very pleased to welcome them. One couple who have been worshipping in St Andrew’s Walberswick on a regular basis as they prepare for their wedding told me recently, “it really feels like home, people have made us feel very welcome.”
Moving into April we enter the season of annual parochial church meetings. These meetings are an opportunity to celebrate the life of the church in the past year, we elect new churchwardens and church council members and we look forward to the year ahead. The dates of our meetings are;
St Margaret’s Reydon 11.00 in church on Sunday 3rd April
St Mary Uggeshall 17.30 in the Old School Hall Tuesday 5th April
Holy Trinity Blythburgh 9.30 in church on Sunday 10th April
St Andrews, Sotherton 19.00 at the Plough Inn Wangford Wednesday 13th April
St Peter & St Paul Wangford 19.00 in the Village Hall Thursday 21st April
St Andrew Walberswick 12.00 in church Sunday 24th April
St Lawrence, South Cove 12.00 at 5 Bells in Wrentham Thursday 28th April
St Edmund Southwold 19.30 in St Edmund’s Hall Friday 29th April
Please pray for our churchwardens and church council members, giving thanks for all they do to serve the church and the community, and please pray that new people will come forward to serve in place of those choosing to retire.
Yours in Christ