A Fitting Tribute
Late last year Richard Bates, a regular and long standing member of our congregation passed away. Before retirement Richard had a distinguished career with the RAF, and among his many senior posts he was Station Commander of RAF Brize Norton. This is the largest RAF station where Richard was responsible for almost 6000 service personnel as well as 1500 contractors and civilian staff.
As a mark of respect on a glorious sunny January day, as his ashes were being interred in the churchyard, an RAF Hercules from Brize Norton gave him an aerial salute with a low level fly past.
Good news from Ghana
Following our fundraising and with Blockley School's contribution we were able to send a sizeable sum to Tishigu school to be spent on the provision of new desks. They had so few desks that they had to be shared. However that has all changed and 65 two-seater desks have been made in a range of sizes to accommodate all of the school's students.
The school and Tamale Cathedral have sent their grateful thanks.
Dana & Adrian visited Tamale just before Christmas to participate in the wedding of Hilda, daughter of the late Bishop Jacob. Both Bishop Jacob and Hilda visited us in Blockley on numerous occasions in the past.
Dana's extra responsibility
As a Diocese we need to ensure the most effective use of our resources for ministry, mission and evangelism. To this end Dana has been seconded by Gloucester Diocese to support its deaneries in developing their strategic planning.
develop a strategic plan to support the Deanery in planning how it will use its resources and potential, intentionally and effectively for the further mission of Christ's church.
This half-time role commenced last September and will finish in June 2020.
During this time Dana will continue to take Sunday services and will be available through the week to make visits when requested, and to take funerals and weddings. To make room for this new role, Dana will be delegating those parts of her role as team missioner, together with those of her national work which can be transferred, and will continue to take time off as appropriate.
Lord's Prayer Challenge
We are praying the Lord's Prayer as a community either at 9am or 6pm each day (or as often as you can!). If you didn't collect a Lord's Prayer card, please collect one from the welcome table in church.
Eco Project Moves Forward
Over the past weeks our Eco project has moved forward in the churchyard. Click here to find out more.
Blockley Toddler Group
After quite a few years of running the Blockley Toddler Group Clare Sharp has handed over to Jodie KIng.
Jodie is keen to hear from anyone who would like to lend a hand on a Thursday morning serving coffee, playing with the children or talking to carers. Even a commitment on one Thursday morning a month would really help.
See or speak with Dana for more details.
A New Curate for the VaCE Team
Jay Nibblett will be moving to Chipping Campden next summer as our curate. He is currently training in Bristol, the city where he grew up, and is married to Laura. They have four children, two dogs and a fish!
Before this Jay worked as a church Youth Pastor and worship leader. His appointment is an affirmation of the work the VaCE Team is doing, and although based in Chipping Campden, he will make a contribution to the life of the wider team.
A one-bedroom flat is available to rent at Orchard Bank in Blockley.
Orchard Bank has eight appartments set amidst lovely gardens on the High Street. A daily main meal is freshly cooked on site for residents and anyone over 60 is eligible to apply. Application should be made to Sandra Gee on 01386 700410 and to find out more about Orchard Bank CLICK HERE
Refurbishing our church
Plans are slowly but surely moving forward. CLICK HERE to read the latest news from Project Co-Ordinator, Robert Burch.
Junior Church and more.....
Led by our Team Youth Worker, Amy Todd, Junior Church is moving to a later slot on Sunday afternoon.
As from Sunday, 24th November Junior Church will take place in the warmth of the Church Room (next to the Vicarage).
Second Sunday@Six , is a service for those looking for something different. Candles reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God. Do join us.
Meanwhile Open Door, our informal all age service on the first Sunday of the month continues to grow. Maybe it's the bacon sandwiches?
The Home Group
For more information please contact Ginny Williams-Ellis (01386 700883) or Marie Hildreth (01386 700472).
Father Brown gifts and collectables
To raise funds for the upkeep of the church some very attractive Father Brown collectables have been created using original artwork by our very own Barbara Dunn. A fine bone china mug, a greeting card, a jute shopping bag, and a linen tea towel are on sale at Blockley Shop.
All make excellent presents, or momentoes of a visit to Blockley church. To date sales have contributed over £3000 to church funds
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