Vicar's Bit August 2018

We do things differently in August…


Revd John Longuet-Higgins writes:

We do things differently in August. To give church leaders a summer rest and to bring us in worship together, every service becomes a “Benefice Service”. This year we are holding two evening Communion Services, and three other services particularly for families. The family services give Steve Godsell more scope for exercising his Sunday ministry as worship leader and Deacon. So please look each week at the rota to see which service, morning or evening, suits you best.


At the end of August, we are involved in “Get Sported” Multi Sports Camp, a non-residential Holiday Camp with a difference. “Get Sported” involves about 20 churches, with holidaying children invited from ten of our primary schools surrounding Newent. Christians across our area are being called to be involved as leaders. You don’t need to be too sporty. We need six volunteers from our Benefice. Having Sam Johnson on placement with us and also having me being involved, we just need four more volunteers to help. “Get Sported” 10-4pm each day at Newent Community School, held on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st August, and rounding it off we have a Family Day on Saturday 1st September. If you can be involved, please contact me on 01452 700965.


And great news. We have now considerable backing for our “Family Development Minister” project. We hope to interview in August and appoint in September. There are plenty of administrative challenges to put in place, so please continue to pray for the project.


Revd Steve Godsell writes:

The time of year is fast approaching when suitcases are retrieved from the attic, are dusted off, and the ritual of packing begins. Whether it is a week on the beach or a fortnight in a favourite foreign village, we all need to get away from time to time. We look forward to a change of scenery. For some, the change at this time of year can be more dramatic, maybe a new job, new home of leaving a place of education.

For me, the biggest change this year involved a service at the Cathedral, after three years of study, where I was ordained a Deacon. This has meant a big change for not only me, but my family. Moving to a new area, a new church, a new home and a new way of life; as well as the chance to wear a rather fetching clerical shirt and collar. 

However, the most exciting change has been the opportunity to meet, talk with and listen to so many people in the benefice. I look forward to having more conversations and finding out where God is working in each person’s life. In the meantime, may I wish everyone a good and a restful summer whether you are going on vacation or enjoying a 'staycation' this year.

Sam Johnson writes:

Hello! I am on placement in the second half of August in the West-of-the Seven Benefice, living with relatives in Upton on Severn. You’ll see me around getting involved in lots of the activities happening in and around the churches.  I’ll also be doing various roles in services.  I am currently living in Durham where I am training for Ordination at Cramner Hall, Durham (that is, training to be a vicar). I’m part-time at the theological college and part-time at Durham University. I live in Durham with my wife and three children (five, three and nine months). I’d love to talk to you and get to know you over the next few weeks if you see me come and say hi!

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