RECTOR'S JULY LETTER
 


 
I am conscious that apart from my weekly video updates (and even those haven’t been every week) I’ve not been communicating enough – apologies.  The past few weeks have had their challenges.
 
Why?   Last month we lost a key and much-loved member of the church – Angelina Chilver.  Many of us – across all the congregations – have felt her loss deeply and wondered at God’s action in permitting her to be taken from us so early (she was 51).  I always turn to scripture when I am struggling and Isaiah 57 verses 1-2 have been a great comfort to me so I thought I’d share them:
 
1 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.  2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
 
India.   People have asked me what of our plans for a mission trip to India and a possible partnership out there?  Emotionally I have to confess that returning to India without Angelina will be hard but I know that she had a vision for Christian outreach in that vast country and would not, ever, want us to give up on that.  So I will be heading out to Pune this October to discern what it is that God wants us to do there to play our part, in however small a way, to proclaim the gospel. If you are interested in being a part of this adventure please let me know.
 
Our wonderful curate – Danny Rodgers – was ordained priest last Sunday and it was such a pleasure seeing him celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday with such confidence and authority.
 
Holiday Club is fast approaching (7-11th August).  We are very short of helpers and leaders so if you can spare the mornings that week to help do please head to the website www.buckinghamchurchesholidayclub.co.uk and register to help.  This is really important!
 
Parish Weekend Away 29th Sept – 1st Oct.  Numbers are growing (now over 90 signed-up) but there is plenty more space so please seriously consider coming.  The cut-off date for bookings is nearly upon us so don’t delay!  Full details are on the website and fliers also available in Church.  Our speaker is the Revd Richard Moy who is an exceptionally gifted church leader/speaker from West London.  We’d love this to be the largest ever w/e away so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to grab me for a chat.  We do not want a lack of finance to be a barrier to people coming so let me or Lizzie know if we can help.  
 
If you cannot make the Parish Weekend Away there are two other options:
 
The ‘FOCUS’ Church Holiday 24th – 30th July.  Whilst the absolute priority for this year is the Parish W/E away (see above), a group will be going once again to the Somerley Estate near Ringwood for a week of camping and vibrant Christian teaching & worship.  If you are interested and would like to find out what it’s like just let me or Danny know.
 
There is also a group heading to Spring Harvest 8-12th April 2018.  Booking is now open for this via Flo Thornton.  No camping!
 
New Operations Manager.  We have appointed Rosie Hayes to be our new Operations Manager.  Rosie has performed this role in another large Anglican church so brings a wealth of experience with her.  She starts officially in September but has already begun to get her feet under the table.
 
New Women’s Ministry Coordinator.  I am delighted to announce that Hannah Roskell is our new Women’s Ministry Coordinator and will, by God’s grace, build on the great work Ruth, Mandy and Mary are already doing.  Hannah is a young mum who worships at the 6pm service; husband Mike is on the PCC.  If you’d like to get involved in women’s ministry do introduce yourself to her.
 
Men’s BBQ. Our annual men’s BBQ extravaganza is on Saturday 8th July, 6-10pm.  Gates open from 3pm so you can watch 2 cows and a sheep being slow-roasted!  Men: get inviting friends! The speaker is a former policeman turned criminal turned Christian .  Details here.
 
‘Summer Sundays’.   As last year, the service pattern over the school holidays changes as follows:
 
There is no 9.30am service.
The 11am meets at 10am (service format unchanged)
The 6pm meets at 5pm for a shorter service (1 hr) and ends with a BBQ.There will be provision for children but less comprehensive than at the 9.30am.
The above pattern is for 23rd July and all August Sundays.
 
New Church School.  We are exploring the possibility of starting our very own church school as and when the new housing estate is built up on the Tingewick Road.  If you’d like to be involved in this exciting project do let me know.  We need a small group of motivated individuals to help turn this vision into reality.

The 11am Service – First Sundays.  Many will remember that the 1st Sunday 11am was a ‘service of the word’ that is to say there was no Holy Communion.  I think about a year ago we changed it to incorporate Communion.  Following some suggestions that it would be good to have one service that could be led by the Lay Minister team your PCC has agreed that from September we’ll experiment with reverting to the ‘service of the word’ format and see what people think.  If you cannot miss out on Communion you can always attend Nash’s Communion Service at 10am – you would be a blessing to them.
 
Alpha.  Our next Alpha course starts on Wednesday 13th September in church. 7.30pm – 9.30pm over 10 weeks.  Evenings start with a meal which is followed by a video and a discussion. We really encourage you to come and do Alpha if you haven’t already. Full details at bpchurch.uk/alpha.  Start praying about whom to invite. 
 
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   If you are interested in joining a Benefice pilgrimage to the Holy Land in September 2018 do please see details at bpchurch.uk/pilgrimage
 
Some Dates for your diary …
 
Monday 3rd July 8-9pm Prayer & Praise in the Church.
Saturday 8th July – Men’s BBQ. 
Saturday 15th July - Women’s Breakfast
Saturday 2nd & 23rd September – Organ Recitals
Wednesday 26th September - Alpha starts.
 
Have a wonderful summer, with much love.

Will