Pew Points

An update on the Rector vacancy from the Archdeacon

As Sheila's interim post comes to an end, we are in the process of appointing a permanent Rector. A team has produced a wonderful parish profile, and the post has been advertised since February, in the Church Times, through The Church of England Pathways system, and on our website.

The latest advert has resulted in some interest, but as I write the closing date is still ahead, and applications are usually received on the final day! We remain hopeful that this time we will have a potential shortlist, but if not, will continue to advertise until we do. Even if we are successful in appointing in this round, a successful candidate will need to give notice, so there will be a gap. Once Sheila has finished therefore, until a new post-holder takes up their role, priestly resources will be stretched. Whilst cover from deanery clergy, retired clergy and diocesan officers such as me will enable many Eucharistic services to happen, there may some occasions where this is not possible, and adjustments in service patterns across the benefice may have to be considered. Lay led 'Services of the Word', informal worship, and other gatherings that do not need a priestly presence will occasionally feature more often.

The elected reps found it helpful when I suggested that churchgoers in a benefice usually fall into two groups. There are those for whom Eucharistic worship is central to their spirituality, and they find it important to receive Holy Communion every week. For them, this may mean on occasion travelling to another church in the benefice, as there will always be a service of Holy Communion somewhere within reach each Sunday. For others, the form of service is less important than the community they are worshipping with. It would be more natural for them to worship in their regular church as often as possible, but perhaps only occasionally receiving bread and wine, more often engaging in non-Eucharistic worship. Neither option is more or less holy! Diversity is good, and in our spiritual journey at different times different aspects of church life feed us most effectively. Bearing with one another and making responsible decisions about how and where we worship will be a learning process for us all.

Please join me in praying that the right person will be called to serve as priest in the Worcestershire Severn Parishes, and that until they are, ministry and mission continues to flourish across the benefice. Please also be assured that I will support you as best I can during the vacancy, and do contact me if you have any questions.

Nikki Groarke
Archdeacon of Dudley

St Andrew's Church Ombersley AGM Wednesday 26th April 2017

This is a summary of the proceedings; a copy of all the AGM and the following PCC meeting can be found on the Church Administration page of Saint Andrew's Church website

The following officers were elected:
Churchwardens: Jenny Batelen and Andrew Horn(Lay Chairman).
Deanery Synod Representatives: Robert Thornton and Louise Robinson
Elected PCC Members:
James Martineau (Treasurer), Fiona Davies (Deputy Churchwarden), Sally Rees (Secretary), Judy Baer (Electoral Roll Officer), Stuart Larnder, Lynne Larnder, Jeanette Horn, Meg Martineau, Angela Randle, Elizabeth Hooper, Evelyn Ellis, Tony Checketts, Jo Darwell and Christopher Day.

Paul Adams was elected as Financial Examiner, Robert Thornton was elected as H&S Representative and Jenny Batelen as Safeguarding Officer.
The PCC reappointed Stuart Larnder (Chair), Mike Best, Andrew Tooby , Chris Gait, Jane Hill and Maureen Callow as Church House Trustees

The PCC following the AGM reviewed the Easter services and events and discussed future events including the Fete, Ascension and Harvest. Other items discussed included data protection, safer recruitment, OSCA and future music.

Morning Prayer on Wednesdays

You are warmly invited to join us for Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 9.15am, a simple service lasting about half an hour. We pray especially for the host parish, as well as for the benefice as a whole. If you would like us to pray for any particular people or situations please let me know and feel free to come along if this would be a helpful time to have a word about anything after the service. Sheila
6th June Elmley Lovett
13th June Elmbridge
20th June Rushock
27th June Hampton Lovett
4th July Ombersley

Praying the Parish

If you have a particular need or things to be grateful for, please let either of us know:
Rev Canon Dr Sheila Banyard 01905 773134
Jenny Batelen 01905 621294
Angie Randle 01905 620753
or James Homer 01299 851637 [lay reader with pastoral responsibility for 7 Parishes]

Areas for June:
Sunday 3rd June - Apple Tree Walk, Holt Fleet Road, Parsonage Lane
Sunday 10th June - Sinton, School Bank, Ombersley School, Hawford, Hawford School
Sunday 17th June - Boreley, Mutton Hall, Comhampton, Dunhampton