New Year, New Beginnings

An update on one or two bits of family news. The Advent and Christmas season was great fun. St John’s and St Mary’s welcomed many visitors who may not normally attend through the year. A huge thank you again to many people who contributed to our many services over this period. Special collections were taken at four services for good causes, with about £200 raised in each for charities including for Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre and Revive (working with street girls in Brazil).

A sadness for particularly those at St Mary’s has been the death of Maureen Pike after a severe stroke. Her funeral will be held on Monday 5th February at 1pm. St Mary’s will likely be packed to overflowing as many of Maureen’s friends from different church communities and many walks of life join together to give thanks to God for her life and entrust her into God’s care.

At St John’s we are welcoming new life – with the birth of a baby girl (as yet unnamed) for Mark and Sharleen Tsuchihashi (born on 17th January) and a baby boy (named Calno) for Charles and Adelika Kanyoni (born on 5th January). Mums, Dads, siblings and babies seem to be doing well. Please remember all of these people and occasions in your thoughts and prayers.

Several people have asked about baptisms (infant and adult) and confirmation classes etc. I am beginning to draw these together – if you are looking at these options for yourself or for your children – please could you let me know. Also, several of you have asked about Tom and Jo Gillum’s address. Please drop me an email and I can supply this, assuming this is OK with them! The date of Tom’s installation as vicar of has been confirmed as 18th March at 4pm in Nottingham. It would be great if a contingent of us from here can go up to be with Tom and Jo to support them in this important next step.

Dave Maclure