Our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany celebrations went wonderfully well, thanks to the very many people who contributed their talents in one way or another. We reprised the successful Mince Pie Tea, following which the Christmas tree was decorated by several of the guests, and had splendid services for Christingle, the Carol Service, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Epiphany.
The Church’s year continues. Churches Together in Faringdon will be running a Lent course on the subject of Pilgrimage. Please see the Upcoming Events page for details of where and when the various ecumenical groups will meet, and contact the hosts as soon as possible to book your place (some venues may have limited space). All Saints’ house groups will not meet during this period so do please join one of the Lent groups.
The search for a new vicar is continuing. The Open Meeting on 5th December, attended by members of both congregations and others from the town and village, was very helpful in focusing our minds on what should be included in the Parish Profile, and we were grateful to David Williams, our Area Dean, and Charles Chadwick for chairing and facilitating it. The PCC Working Group used the findings from that and other meetings and worked very hard on preparing the Profile which has now “gone to print”, following the Section 12 Meeting with Bishop Colin and both PCCs on 20th January. Advertisements for the post of Vicar of All Saints’, Faringdon and St Mary’s, Little Coxwell will be in The Church Times and Church of England Newspaper twice during February and also on the diocesan website, with a closing date for applications of 24th February.
We hope then to be able to shortlist and arrange interviews for mid-March. The Parish Representatives are David Wilson and Avril Coleman for All Saints’ and Gill Hudson and Douglas Lines for St Mary’s. Please do not pester them for information about candidates, however, as it all has to be kept confidential! Just keep praying for them during their deliberations and for the person we believe God has already chosen to come here. There are a number of opportunities to pray together about the appointment.
The Barber Rooms talks continued with a very interesting presentation by John de Wit on Iconography on 15th January, including a description of his recent work, St Andrew, which was commissioned by and presented to St Andrew’s Church, Shrivenham, at their Patronal Festival on 29th November. Peter Foot will give the next talk on Pilgrimage on Friday 26th February (which fits well with the Lent group studies).
With all best wishes,
Katie Foot & Andrew Sargent