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.
The service at St. John the Baptist Church, Letton,on Sunday 17 February at 10.30a.m. will be attended by Richard Jones from Hereford Cathedral who will talk about the Giving Scheme. This will give everyone a chance to ask questions and learn more about how easy it is to support your local church financially, even if you are unable to attend the services. All are welcome to attend.