Rector's Letter - December 2003
The last Rector's letter of yet another year… and the year ahead looks like it will be a busy one, might I even suggest an exciting one! More than a quarter of a million pounds will be spent on the Church this year. Work will begin next month on the necessary maintenance to the Church roof, followed by the stonework and windows in the Spring. Later in the year the long awaited accessibility work should begin giving us proper disabled access and a whole new sound system and audio loop. A gift day towards the end of January will launch our money raising for these projects.
But it's not just the building: March will be marked by a number of mission events around the Mothering Sunday weekend. Then in the Summer we will welcome the first full-time stipendiary Curate to be trained in our Parish for decades, Ralph Kemp, who is currently at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and will be ordained at Chester Cathedral on July 4th. Looking further ahead, the Bishop of Chester will join us on November 7th for a major Confirmation service that will be preceded over the Summer and Autumn by a discipleship course open to all. It will be along the lines of the well-known Alpha courses that are run by so many growing churches these days.
Of course, as your priest and teacher I should perhaps remind us all of that fact that we are currently celebrating the season of Advent, one lesson of which is that we should take none of our plans for granted in this fragile and mortal life.
I hope that you too have exciting plans for the year ahead in your personal life, we must certainly not be afraid of making them. But the reality is that for some of us they will not be fulfilled; others will find even more exciting events than we had dreamt of come along; and yet others will encounter dramas of a more forbidding nature.
Let me leave you to meditate on the words of St James:
You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead what you ought to say is this, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this".
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