This morning I managed to phone someone I hadn’t intended to ring. Having whizzed through the addresses in my phone, I dialled a different person to the one I expected. You can imagine the surprise when I heard a very different voice answer my call. I bluffed my way through the early part of the call giving the impression I had phoned to see how they were when the truth was anything but. They thanked me for remembering them. I hadn’t, but I was so glad to have made that mistaken call. Being remembered is very important isn’t it?
Churches are very special places for many reasons and remembering and being remembered is certainly one of them. I know many of you inside and outside the church care and support one another by visiting and keeping in touch. This is an often unrecognised ministry, but I want to encourage you to keep on remembering and caring. However, it is possible for some people to be missed when the remembering is most needed. With this in mind, St. Mary’s are setting up a ‘Visiting Team’. This small team will be tasked with the ‘remembering’ of our church family and wider community, that no one need feel uncared for or forgotten. The team will be co-led by trusted people in the church; Gwen Duckitt a Reader in the Benefice, and Jacqui Plummer the wife of one of our Churchwardens. The one distinctive of these visits will be a short prayer at the end to invite God to be with those being visited. I do hope you will be encouraged as you read this, and if you know of anyone who would benefit from a visit, or you yourself would value someone coming to see you, please contact email@example.com or 01920 318864. This small team will be commissioned at St. Mary’s on Sunday 25th October at our 10.45am Service.
Perhaps I can continue with the theme of remembering for a moment longer. Losing a loved one is a devastating life event that changes us forever. We as a church realise we have an important part to play in helping those who grieve and one of the ways we do this is by holding an annual Service of Memories taking place this year at St. Mary’s on Sunday 1st November at 3pm. May I invite anyone who has lost a loved one to come, and confirm we will remember your loved one by name during this special service. Beyond this service, we have also invited Stephne Whittles on behalf of the church, to offer bereavement support to those who have recently lost loved ones. Stephne has had many years experience in this work with Isabel Hospice and will also be commissioned for this role on 25th October.
Alan Comfort, Rector