16 April 2020
All Saints & All Hallows
Thank you very much to all who have responded to our request for their contact details for Revd Paula to use. Many of you have sent photos as well, and some even a brief introduction of themselves, which I am sure Revd Paula will find useful. I am going to forward all your messages to her.
To those of you who haven't responded yet: it is still not too late to go back to last week's newsletter, find the form and send back your details, so that Revd Paula can give you a friendly call. Who knows how long you will have to wait otherwise to get to meet our new vicar?
| A message from Revd
This is the last time I will be writing a message in this slot as, by Sunday afternoon (19th), Revd Paula will have been licensed as our new vicar. We’ve had to wait eleven months for this moment, but it has been well worth the wait, for in Revd Paula we have an inspirational, hardworking and enthusiastic priest with a profound love for the Lord. A number of people have been under the impression that with Revd Paula’s arrival I will be leaving All Hallows and All Saints, but I can assure you that this is not the case. In fact, I’m very much looking forward to working with Revd Paula and supporting her in any way I can.
My association with All Hallows goes back to 1968 when I first came to Wellingborough to teach at Victoria Infants School. Phyllis Neville was the caretaker and when she learned that I had been a Sunday School teacher she soon invited me to help at All Hallows Sunday School, of which she was the superintendent. Eventually, I took over that role. I continued to be involved with All Hallows in one way or another until 1994 when Stephen and I moved to teach at a boarding school on the Isle of Wight and later in Kent.
We had kept our house in Wellingborough and occasionally came back for the weekend or in the school holidays and we started attending All Saints as our house is in the parish. In 2007 Stephen and I moved back to Wellingborough and, with All Saints as my sponsoring parish, I began training for the ministry and was ordained in January 2009.
Because of all this, both All Hallows and All Saints are very dear to my heart. I’ve been friends with some parishioners for nearly fifty-two years. On retiring from running a parish I was thrilled to be licensed as an Associate Priest to both churches. It has been a huge joy to walk with you during this time of waiting for our new vicar and I am very much looking forward to discovering Revd Paula’s vision and plans for the future. With the Lay Licensed Ministers, Church Wardens, PCCs and in fact all members of the Benefice working together to support Revd Paula, I am confident we can grow and flourish, and witness to the town of Wellingborough the Good News of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord is risen: he is risen indeed!
Thank you so much for the love, friendship and support you have given me. Please feel free to phone me for a chat at any time on 01933 226730.
| Wendy's magical coach
|A mysterious challenge
If you take any of your exercise in Castle Fields, try looking for a sign about an event 36 years ago. Take a good look at it and tell us what you have found.
If you have an article for the magazine, or a photo for the back cover, or would like to send a short message to other parishioners, please email your item to John by Sunday 19 April (email@example.com).
|Rest in peace
Sylvia Patrick passed away last week. She was a long standing member of All Saints' congregation, receiving communion at home in her later years.
We don't know yet when and where Sylvia's funeral will take place, but under current restrictions only the immediate family will be permitted to attend.
|Coronavirus support line
A new support line has been launched in Northamptonshire to allow those who cannot leave their homes and those who have nobody to call upon for help to request assistance in getting food, prescriptions and other vital services. Included are those displaying symptoms of coronavirus, those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant, and those aged 70 and above.
The Customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council manages the helpline, and the Community Resilience Service co-ordinates requests for help in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support.
If you require help, call 0300 126 1000, then choose option 5.
|List of online services
and other church resources
So many churches have started creating and publishing content online, we can't introduce all of them in our newsletter. That is why you will find a separate document titled Diocesan update live streamed and online services.pdf attached to this email, listing these online resources. Check it out, you may find a few familiar names.
Just a note about the Daylight Centre who are doing a wonderful thing. They are adapted to the lockdown by delivering Foodbank parcels to those in need, and this week have started to get hot meals out to their clients. At a time when demand is rocketing Foodbank donations have dwindled significantly. Demand will soon exceed the supply. The funds raised in the shop are more vital now than ever. So until they can get the shop open again, spread the word and encourage everyone to bung a tin in the Foodbank collection bins at Tesco and Sainsbury's.
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