By Editor, May 30 2017 10:30AM
I enjoyed reading the Weekly Newsletter and Service Sheet last Sunday, May 7th and send my compliments to the Office staff and contributors. To be honest, I think it largely negates the necessity for letters such as this, especially as often little prior notice of events is available and comments are very retrospective.
Palm Sunday was celebrated with Adrian presiding and joining us for our Breakfast. As usual a select affair, with just sixteen present, but nonetheless enjoyable. My thanks to Linda for frying those eggs, to Judith and everyone for all the clearing up, but mostly to each of you for sharing our service and meal.
Next came the Vigil Service. Greeted the following Sunday by Linda’s, ‘How many grown men does it take to light a fire?’ I understand that Scout’s honour was involved, so my sympathies are with Adrian and co. and Ruth and all the lovely contingent from St. Martin’s family who joined with St. Stephen’s for this special event.
Easter Day was also celebrated with Adrian, joyously, and we were treated to many chocolate treats by Christopher, Brian and Jeremy from St. Anthony’s, and joined by several new faces. Through Peter, who often must hurry away to finish preparing lunch, we sent our love to Mary, who was unable to be with us.
The recent AGM then heralded the changeover of co pro- wardenship from Linda to Janet. With Judith being firmly established and Janet re–assuming a role she knows well, we look forward with anticipation and equanimity to both stability and change!
Stepping aside as co pro-warden would normally signal a slowing down process but Linda seems to be more committed than ever. Together with Helen Mitchell, she is currently training for her Pastoral Assistant role, and they are due to receive authorisation on the 15th July at Guildford Cathedral. Linda is immersed in this course, bubbling with enthusiasm about the scope of the training, looking forward with much anticipation to each new stage.
Judith and Linda are also involved in training to become chalice assistants, in company with Adrian, whom I hasten to add is undergoing this training in the interests of maintaining consistency of administration only. He will then become the ‘trainer’ himself.
The last of Linda’s new undertakings is her joining with Pat in organizing the Friendship Circle, as Jill Lacey is standing aside.
We are so fortunate with this St. Stephen’s team. When Stephen Cox presented his vision/suggestions, for the future of St. Stephens, it was Linda who provided her usual delicious buffet lunch and Judith who ‘hosted’ the meeting.
Now we look forward to our Christian Aid ‘Coffee, Cakes and Plants’ morning on May 20th. We remember Olive, whose ‘baby’ this has always been, with hopes that she will be well enough to join us.
Then we shall be ready for our Fireworks and Fizz Service on Ascension Day, May 25th, closely followed by the Beating of the Bounds on May 29th.
Finally, just think how busy all this keeps Fred, our sacristan, who is always so quiet and self- effacing – and so indispensable. Thank you, Fred.
On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s