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The Curate Rev. Glen Gardner Writes...…

During the summer I hope you are having a relaxing and refreshing time, I thought it would be good to update you on where we have got to church-wise over these past few months, as lots has been going on.

After Easter we were able to resume our worship services together in-person, and continued our popular zoom services online. In September our normal pattern of services will continue, except that the 4th Sunday of the month will be a ‘family’ service (ie focusing on children and families), and zoom will continue on the first 3 Sundays at 9.30am with break-out room for children and worship space for people who can’t make it to church. If you would like to access the zoom services, please drop a line to Rev Alex and he will see to the rest!

Our lovely and ancient building has continued to creak, but thanks to the ‘Friends of St. Cuthbert's we have been able to repair the leaking side window and a large monument that began to fall off the wall of church! We have also continued to explore ‘access for all’ and especially how to develop the tricky steps at the entrance gate. Our feasibility group and diocesan architect have recommended a plan that the PCC have adopted, next step is to firm up plans and explore ways of funding the project which is not cheap due to the listed status and demands of the site.

It has been lovely to be able to go into the school throughout this time and I am full of admiration for their sterling work over the last 18 months, in many ways disruption was kept to a minimum and the children continued to thrive. Normally at this time of year we have a date and plans for harvest celebrations but there are a few too many unknowns for our planning just now so please watch this space, we will update you as soon as possible.

Finally, we have taken the next steps in our vacancy and met with the ‘powers-that-be’ to plan towards the appointment of our new vicar. All things being equal, this should be some time in the next year.

As a local church, we are painfully aware that among these shoots of hope these past months have contained untold sadness and disruption for so many. Please be assured that we continue to cover our community in prayer and blessing every time we meet.

With very best wishes

Ian Hopkins (Interim vicar)


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