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Change is Always a Challenge

Most of our readers will know by now that, by the time you read this, St Nicholas church will have permanently closed and the site will up for sale. Change is always a challenge for us all. But it can be exciting too. The Church in every generation and in every era of its life has always had challenges to face because of the changing circumstances in which she finds herself. Our present age is no different.

The decision of the Church Council to ‘go for change and challenge’ has not been taken lightly.  I am grateful to the members of the PCC and the congregation of St Nicholas for the way they have thought about, prayed and importantly realised that, like many organisations, we have to restructure and step out in faith to move our mission to the centre of town based at Holy Trinity church. This will mean another challenge as we seek to look at ways in which we can best serve our community through our church building. This may mean transforming parts of Holy Trinity church inside to fulfil that mission.
Whatever challenges there may be, we always need to remember that it is God’s Church; we serve the Lord of the Church and the Church will prevail.

It is with much gratitude that we thank the Gracewell Community at Cross Roads who have allowed us to continue to worship at the far end of the parish every Wednesday with our Eucharist at 10am followed by our Lent Course as from the 7th March.  Also on the Third Sunday of each month at 8.30am - starting on Sunday 18th March when I will be pleased to celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come along to Gracewell where the cinema will become our chapel for these occasions and we shall be taking some of the precious symbols of St Nicholas with us. There will be an additional service at Gracewell on Easter Day 1st April at 8.30am.

We are not in the business of success but of faithfulness.  We are all called to be good stewards of all that God has provided and He himself with our cooperation will bring it to fulfilment.

Canon Andrew

23 February 2018

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Vicar’s letter for September 2018

“NEW BEGINNINGS September is always seen as a time of new beginnings. Holidays are over and the summer begins to draw to an end as we look forward to Harvest and the autumn.. The start of a new term beckons. Children starting school for the first time; moving from one school to the next or beginning the final leg of the educational process, leaving home and heading off to university for the Michaelmas term. ”

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