Letter from the Rectory
How exciting it was to baptise 9 people in the river in glorious sunshine on 9th June! Joe and I loved every minute of the service, attended by around 200 people, all joining in and singing God’s praises. It is now our duty to encourage and pray for those who were baptised. They have received the free gift of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and they now have the opportunity to know God’s presence each day, for the rest of their lives. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Who wouldn’t want those qualities in their lives?
One of the greatest joys of the baptism service was that it was held outdoors, where people had gathered to eat, drink and celebrate, following the Passage Race, which ended at the Yacht Club where we entered the water. It was open and public, and everyone was welcome to join in. It reminded me that the church is at its best when it is right at the heart of the community, wherever people live out their daily lives. Our grateful thanks go to Andrew and the Yacht Club committee, for allowing us to use their slipway. Matt, Joe and I, together with the many gifted lay leaders in our three parishes, hope to have more outdoor events and public celebrations of God’s goodness this summer. These will include not just worship, but social events, such as the Community Fun Day on 28th July, when we hope you will join us. Playing, eating and being together are the things which build families and communities.
It has now been officially announced that Joe Lannon will reman with us for the rest of his curacy (at least 2 years), and Matt and I are delighted to welcome him to the staff team on a more permanent basis. We also welcome Nikki and McKenzie, and look forward to having them all as part of our church family. They are likely to move to Holbeton in August. Joe is currently a deacon, and will be ordained priest when the bishops decide he is ready. Until then, he is able to do most things, but not yet weddings or Communion services on his own. We are truly blessed to have such a strong ministry team.
Deanery consultations are continuing and we are now engaged in a series of meetings with representatives from the six parishes in the deanery, which are South of the A38. Anyone with strong views about any aspect of ministry in these parishes is welcome to write or email to me (as Rural Dean) or to our Acting Archdeacon or the Bishop of Plymouth. The consultation period will end in September.
The next two magazine letters will be written by the other two members of the ministry team, so I will wish you a joyful summer!
With love and every blessing Anne