St Hubert and St Nicholas Church Family News - September 2019
The start of a new academic year seems like a good time to update the church family on what has been going on over the recent months.
An exciting piece of news is that we have been allocated a training curate, Matt Smith. He will be placed with us in the parish for three to four years, following his ordination as a Deacon at the end of June. Matt is married to Lisa and they have two grown-up sons. Matt and Lisa will move to the parish from Kinson at the time of his ordination. Having studied at college Matt will be with us to learn all the practical aspects of ministry and will become part of our church leadership team. I’m sure some of you will want to go to his ordination service at Salisbury Cathedral which will be Sunday 28th June. There will of course be more details nearer the time.
During the Summer we had 2 rounds of advertising for our Children and Families worker post. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in appointing anybody. This has been very disappointing although we are not alone; several other churches in the area have also found it difficult to recruit children and youth workers. Our advert remains live on our website but we are not currently advertising beyond this at the moment. The PCC will continue to prayerfully consider how to make the best of the resources from the Wilmore fund to develop work with children. Your prayers for direction and particularly what God may be saying to us as a next step would be appreciated.
After many of our church family enjoyed and appreciated the Alpha course we are really pleased that we have four Life groups starting this autumn and another Alpha course. Being part of a small group is a great way to get to know others better and to grow in faith. There are still a few places left in the daytime group if you would like to join. This term all the groups are doing a course called Discipleship Explored as we seek to grow deeper in our faith.
We have a number of activities coming up which are suitable to invite family, friends and neighbours to. The craft fair in November will be a good place to purchase Christmas gifts and the coffee shop will be serving light lunches until 2 PM as well as the usual coffee and cake. Please do get the word out about this and let any ‘crafters’ know that they can sell their goods at the event for £10 per table.
The Advent/Christmas season begins on December 1 with another performance from the Saltmine theatre company called ‘Hark’. Last year’s performance from them was not only fun and entertaining but there was also a great Christian message incorporated into the story. This year we can expect ‘a charming, funny and enchanting re-telling of the Nativity story, jam- packed with beautiful music, audience participation, and bags full of family fun’. Do be thinking and praying about who you might be able to invite or encourage along. Tickets are now on sale from the office. Our aim is for as many families as possible in Corfe Mullen to come and enjoy this production. Above all pray that this event and indeed all the events we put on will help us to show something of God’s love to our community.
Thank you to all of you who give so generously week by week. Mid year figures are showing we are about on target with what we expected. There is much work we would like to do if we had the funding. Our next priority is the replacement of the entrance hall and Narthex flooring and an extension to the St Nicholas car park. We have submitted a funding application for this work but will have to wait until the Spring to discover the results. The very generous gift from Mrs Shiner meant we could replace the St Hubert’s flagpole and it is nice to see the flag flying there regularly now, a sign to all that the church is alive and in use.
Increasingly churches rely on gifts and grant funding to fund their buildings and indeed ministry. We are always hugely grateful when we receive a legacy because someone has generously remembered our churches in their will. Those who give regularly to the ministry of this parish may want to consider leaving a gift or legacy to the parish. If so you may be interested to know that at this time of year ‘Willaid’, coordinates the services of local solicitors who donate their services in return for drawing up a basic will for an individual for a suggested donation of £100. They then donate to some of the UK’s leading charities –more information can be found on the charities website at willaid.org.uk. Whatever our age it is always wise to have a will in place and for it to be regularly updated and this scheme makes it a good time to do that. It’s one way we can make life easier for our families when the inevitable happens.
Finally we look forward to welcoming Robin Sadler who will talk to us about the diocese medical link in the Sudan at the end month. This will be the 3rd presentation in the year from the missions we are supporting-the Bible society, Routes to roots and the Sudan medical link. We continue to look for individuals or couples who would be our link with each of these organisations to help us keep connected by being the contact person to receive information from the organisations and to pass it on to the church. We do not anticipate this role being onerous but it is much needed if our connection with these groups is to have real life. Please chat to Jane if you would like to discuss this opportunity further.
Thank you all for all you do and for simply being part of the Church Family here. ‘We are the body of Christ’ and as we all play our part, the part that God calls us to, we know that He will work His purposes out amongst us in the vision that he has given to us here at this time -to ‘Grow closer to God, to each other and to our community’.
With love and prayers