Lent starts tomorrow, 6 March, and we have a splendid programme of Lent Soup Lunches scheduled in all sorts of different places. These will all be held between 12 noon and 2.00pm and everyone is welcome to a shared time of good company and excellent home-made soup. All we ask is that you make a donation in aid of our two chosen charities and, if possible, telephone your hostess beforehand to help with numbers and catering. This year we are concentrating on small charities who do a wonderful job of helping people with various needs. The Cart Shed (which we supported last year) is a local organisation based in Norton Canon which supports people who are stressed in various ways, including ex service veterans, by organising outdoor activities and crafts. The Kitchen Table Charities Trust supports small overseas charities involved in providing clean water and sanitation and the training of midwives and health assistants among other things.
Following interviews last week the Bishop has appointed the Revd Sean Semple as Rector of the Ross Benefice: the parishes of Ross-on-Wye, Walford and Brampton Abbotts. It is anticipated that he will take up his appointment in the summer. Meanwhile please pray for Sean and his wife Jenny and their family as they prepare to move, and for Simon Tarlton, Chris Blanchard, Christine Cattanach and all who are sustaining ministry in the Ross benefice.
On the 12th February 2019 the Norton Canon community were invited to afternoon and evening public meetings to discuss the future of St Nicholas’ Church. Overall, over 40 people attended these meetings which was enormously heartening. Also in attendance were the Parish Rector, the Rev’d Sean Semple; Churchwardens Mrs Kim Hendricksen and Mrs Judy Pritchard; the Kington and Weobley Deanery Treasurer, Mr Chris Smith; and the Diocese of Hereford’s Pastoral Secretary, Ms Sarah Girling. The community of Norton Canon were thanked for their generous support of St Nicholas’ over many years.
Pat Millington will be giving an Illustrated Talk entitled ‘Postcards around Weobley’ at 2.30pm on Thursday 24 January at St Thomas’ Parish Room, Weobley. Tickets cost £6.50 to include afternoon tea. Tickets are limited, and selling out fast, so please contact Pat soon if you would like to buy one (319330).
Living together is never easy. Families have all sorts of arguments. At this time of year especially, we get together, enjoy company, but sometimes get on each other’s nerves.
Here at Lambeth Palace, where Archbishops have lived and worked for centuries, we’ve been trying an experiment. Since 2015 we’ve been bringing together young Christians from around the world to live as a community for ten months. They have an extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures and opinions. They live together, cook together, volunteer with charities together, pray together, and – because they’re human – they clash together. That can be over something as small as the washing up, or as big as their politics.