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CHURCH MATTERS – The Vicar has left

There cannot be many people who do not know that our Vicar – Revd. John Chandler has retired following over 5 years in our Parish and the Benefice of Wormingford with Mount Bures and Little Horkesley. And what an impression he made in his short time with us! He maintained a full pattern of services in all three Churches; baptised, married and buried lots of people(not at the same time!); managed and oversaw the projects at Wormingford and Mount Bures to fund raise and install toilets and
kitchen facilities; got involved in all three communities in many different areas and supported Wormingfords football team (well somebody has to!).

So we are now in what is known as Interregnum which means we have to fend for ourselves, arrange our services and cater for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals as they arise. We do this by relying on Clergy
and Readers from the Myland Mission and Ministry Unit (which we are members of) together with other retired Vicars and Readers who may be living in the area. 

Vicar John’s last occasion with us was a lovely Farewell service at Little Horkesley on 20th October, where the depth of affection and respect felt for John was clearly evident by the number of people who packed the Church and marquee to hear Bishop Roger’s stirring sermon and the thanks of the communities which John has served so well. We wish John and June a long and happy retirement and they will always be welcome here.

As we look forward to the traditionally busy Christmas period we have maintained our normal pattern of services with various visiting Clergy and Readers, each one of whom will bring their own individuality and perhaps a slightly different twist to our normal service format, so why not come along and see what is on offer?

November services will include All Saints/All Souls day on 3rd November when you can remember old friends and family members who are no longer with us, and our Remembrance Sunday on 10th November which starts at 10:50 a.m. so that we can observe the one minute silence at 11.00 a.m.

Looking further ahead to December, we have our Service of Lessons and Carols on 15th December which follows the traditional Kings College format and gets us all in the mood for Christmas, followed by the popular Candlelit Crib Service which really is for the whole family.

Even if you have not been a regular Churchgoer in the past you would be very welcome at any of our services at Wormingford or elsewhere in the Benefice. Why not try a Family Service which is on the first Sunday in the month, arranged to have something for everyone?

In the future, with your support, we hope to continue in the same way to provide a full programme of services so that we are in a position to attract a new incumbent as soon as possible to a thriving and fully functioning Parish.

If you have any enquiries or questions about the Church, Churchyard or Church matters please give me - Mike Crisp or my fellow Churchwarden Richard Batterham a call.


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Contact the Church Office at 01206 855040

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