An update (09/03/2018)
Our small team of leaders have kept services and other church activities running smoothly. We have even managed to be pro-active in undertaking new ventures and ensuring that the mission and the proclamation of Christ to our community is continuing.
We have met with the heads of the schools and are working with them on various initiatives to incorporate the schools into the life of the church and vice versa. A faculty has been sought to install a projector and remotely controlled drop down screen so that our worship can be invigorated without the need for precariously balanced equipment in the front pew and pulpit.
It was sad to have to cancel services because of the bad weather, but it was quite moving when over 20 people turned up to the All Age Worship at the beginning of March, despite a failed boiler and late email cancelling the service. So a specially adapted time of worship was implemented and the reception was anything but ‘frosty’. Unfortunately a burst pipe led to the soaking of the carpet in the meeting room, but it seems that a week of fan heaters and de-humidifiers may have resolved this.
We continue to work closely with South Wingfield in producing the parish profile and in seeking a new minister. The deanery re-organisation and funding issues, changes in personnel and clergy shortages are all delaying decision taking, but with the support of the Area Dean we are actively examining ways forward – and there are some encouraging options.