Vicar's update 7th JanuarySteve Newbold  2017 web2

Happy New Year!  Thanks again to all who helped over the Christmas period in so many different ways – you are much appreciated.  If you couldn’t be with us, we had a wonderful time celebrating with the church full on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
 
As we begin a New Year so our groups and mid-week events start up again.  If you are not yet a member of a mid-week Connect Group this might be a good time to join. Details of different groups are in our monthly bulletin but if you want to know more or to be introduced to one of the leaders do have a word with me, Sam or Caroline.  Similarly, if you feel called to be more involved in church life in some way do let me know.
 
We have our monthly Prayer Meeting tomorrow (8th) at 8pm and Open to God returns this Sunday (13th) at 6.30pm.
 
As you know, dementia is a growing issue in our society and most of us know family or friends who are affected.  On Saturday 19th January 10am – 1pm we are holding a Dementia Workshop to help us all learn more about and  understand dementia and how we as a church can support both those with dementia and those who care for them.  The morning will be led by Liveability (the UK’s largest Christian Disability charity). It is free for church members but you need to reserve a place by contacting Rosemary Beardow.
 
Later in the month we are delighted that the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin (Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons) is coming to speak at a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday 26th January, 9.30am – 11am.  Donation of £4 on the day.  This is a great opportunity to bring family and friends but we need an idea of numbers so do let Caroline Jamieson  know if you are planning to attend or sign up at church this Sunday.
 
I hope you have a good week and look forward to seeing you soon.

Steve