It was Rev. Louise’s last Sunday Service this month – Grace Charlton’s poem reflects what so many of us feel:
You fill me up with love, you’re my dove.
I will miss you because I love you.
You’ve been the leader of the crew,
You are the cross of my heart and I’m sad we’ll have to part.
Funny as you are, I hope you won’t go far.
I want to share my kindness with the world, to show how much I care.
I want to give you all my hugs and kisses and fill you up with wishes.
I just want to say thank you for all the things you do.
The PCC met to appoint the two Parish Representatives who will form part of the interview panel for the new vicar:
Sarah Bissell and Mike Brooks.
The Parish Profile has been completed, and is available to view on the website. The Bishop has written a forward:
Thank you for your interest in this opportunity at All Saints Dedworth. All Saints is a vibrant, outward-looking Christian community, on the edge of Windsor. Over the last few years, with their previous incumbent, Louise Brown, the Church here has encouraged, equipped and released many people into ministry, both within and beyond the walls of the building. One of the first things you will want to know is, what the churchmanship is. To be honest, that is a challenge, and that is one of the things that makes this parish different and so special. Importantly, they describe themselves as evangelical and inclusive. If you were to join them on a Sunday morning, you would find lots of lay participation, a good sermon, home-made music, and a blend of traditional, charismatic, all age, and ‘new monastic’ influences. They are clearly eucharistic, but they enjoy a variety of non-eucharistic worship, too, and they are completely and impressively committed to loving this part of greater Windsor. I think we are looking for someone with an attractive faith and high emotional intelligence; someone who is deeply centred in Christ, who will happily encourage others to participate and share ministry. Woman or man, whoever is appointed will not be precious about churchmanship or church politics, and will have passion and commitment for community outreach. They will need to be adaptive, and have a real heart for God’s mission to love this world He created and redeemed. They will be someone who not only sees possibilities, but is able to invite others to join in; someone who is creative and not afraid to innovate, but will not just go-it-alone. This is an exciting time to be in the Oxford Diocese. Our Diocesan Bishop, +Steven Croft, is leading us to explore together what it means to be a more Christ-like church; a Church of the Beatitudes. Our expectation is that the next Vicar of All Saints will share this journey with us, in the parish, Deanery and Diocese, wholeheartedly and joyfully. +Andrew Reading. 22nd May 2018.
The next stage of the appointment of the new vicar will be the meeting with the Bishop:
(Section 12 meeting) on 5th June.
Dates for your diary:
Wednesday 20th June 9.30-12.30 with snacks and pastries for all gardeners.
Saturday 23rd June 9.30-13.00 followed by a BBQ for all gardeners.
Fencing around the part of the church facing the road (by the café area) will be erected on 28th May to enclose the area, and make it safer for children to play.