Wednesday, 5 July 2017

August 2017 News & Notes

A fantastic welcome to holidaymakers. It's great to see those who stay every year, and those for whom this is their first visit. Do join in Church worship, not just on Sunday but during the week. Details at www.ridgeway.org.uk/worship

Archdeacon Paul Taylor was at chapter, the last run by Canon Tim West who has stepped down from being Rural Dean of Weymouth & Portland. His successor has yet to be appointed, so there's a holding role meanwhile. 

Sarah Patterson was commissioned as Headteacher of St Andrew's School, which has been recognised by Ofsted as gaining a momentum for improvement. It has joined the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust, along with St John's, and Beechcroft.

Clergy visit all schools in the team area, and take part in worship at All Saints Secondary School. Each has its own character, and are seen to be of equal value as vital parts of our community. Lets hope teaching and support staff, governors and volunteers have a really good rest this month.

There's a huge range of worship, so choose something that suits you. Café Church is informal and interactive, with people sitting around tables. It includes well known hymns alongside a growing repertoire of contemporary material. Family Friendly 'does what it says on the tin' and is accessible for all ages, a particularly good for children. At St Francis there is a play area in the Church.

Monday, 26 June 2017

July 2017 News & Notes

Every marriage is different because couples vary in their choices. Although the media tell us vast sums are required, that need not necessarily be the case. Doing what is appropriate for the families involved is what counts. Simple arrangements work well. For example, Sarah Ryan was given away by son Matthew. Then Peter Timms led his new bride from the Church round the corner to The Spice Ship for a great reception.

Four halls in Preston held a traditional Rectory Garden Party which included Ed Hintze and his merry troupe of singers. Congratulations to Carole Anders who masterminded arrangements. Some £800 was raised.

Laura Lombard is cycling End to End to support those with dementia. She is co-founder of rememberingnottoforget.org.uk which gives details of the Land's End to John O'Groats challenge, and Deputy Head at St Andrew's School. The site also shows how you can give to the project. She's the one holding her bike in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

Dean of Salisbury is leaving to become Bishop of Llandaff, Cardiff. Canon Tim will be at her final service of Evensong on Sunday 9 July, and sitting in the Preston stall.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

June 2017 New & Notes

The Good Friday pilgrimage
A cross was carried through Sutton Poyntz and Preston by those who took turns to bear its weight. In Mission Hall Lane rustic nails were hammered into the wood, as an echo of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The picture shows the Jordan River being crossed behind Bridge Inn. Appropriately three Churchwardens are nearest to the cross.

Osmington Café Church started well
Last month the evolution of this new time of worship began well. There is good company, live music, and of course elevenses. Do come and take part at 11.00am on first Sundays in the month in the Village Hall. David Parson from St Nicholas, Broadwey is assisting Canon Tim in leading the sessions.

Canon Tim West installed in the Preston seat
Salisbury Cathedral does dignity without pomp, so the installation took part in choral Evensong. Tim was placed into the Preston seat by Canon Antony MacRow-Wood, onetime team vicar at Littlemoor, and Canon Richard Harper from Westham.

Preston represented at Emmanuel Confirmation

Bishop Karen Gorham lead a homely and moving service in Southill. Team vicar Pip Salmon made everything run smoothly, and good support for a Preston family taking part.

13 June Sarah Patterson is to be commissioned

St Andrew's School has a fantastic new Headteacher, ready to build on all that is good from previous years. She will be commissioned by candlelight in St Andrew's Church, Preston following a 6.00pm walk from the school through the community. At the head of the procession the new logo will mark this new chapter 'embracing life through inspiring learning'.





Sunday, 2 April 2017

May 2017 News & Notes

2 May, 7.30pm Open Deanery Synod at All Saints SchoolHere’s an opportunity for anyone interested to get up to date with what is happening in our area. It will also be Tim West’s last synod before handing over to a successor.Sun 7 May, Osmington Café Church starts
At 11.00 for 11.15am Osmington Village Hall will host its first Café Church, with everyone informally sitting around tables. Traditional and modern hymns nestle alongside drama, craft, and activities. The theme is growth, and the content has something for everybody. A 'pass the parcel' exercise was part of last month's thinking on sharing faith.

Tue 9 May, Tim West will be made a canon
During 5.30pm Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral our rector will be made a non-residentiary canon of Salisbury Cathedral, and lent the Preston stall. Twice a year canons meet in college to assist in the governance of our Mother Church, and act as ambassadors for the cathedral.

Sun 21 May, Rogation at Holy Trinity
At 10.30am Ada Whittock will be leading a Rogation Service asking for God's blessing on the land and sea. This is a shared time for West Ridgeway Churches, so there will be no services in Broadwey, Upwey, or Buckland Ripers.

The Ridgeway Team is growing together
The seven Churches running along Weymouth Ridgeway were formally made a team on 1 November 2015, and we are gently enjoying the companionship and variety offered by this arrangement. For the first two years Tim has attended all the annual meetings. Upwey's included handbells.
Now that things have settled he will no longer do so. The constitution that sets out how we work is nearing completion. We have tremendous scope for fun alongside faith, and opportunity to share that with all in the communities we serve.

Thanks to all who maintain our Church grounds
Philip basks in the evening sun outside St Nicholas, Buckland Ripers. The wild flowers looked fantastic due to wise management of the churchyard. It's a huge task, and is very much appreciated. If you are looking for exercise and company, why not volunteer to help out.


Friday, 10 March 2017

April 2017 News & Notes

Thanks Sarah Sprague
St Andrew's School has turned around, and is making steady progress in the right direction. We are grateful to Sarah Sprague who has stepped in as short-term headteacher, and is seen here helping to paint the entrance to a new teaching area.

Bowley Brothers baptised at St Andrew's
After a celebration of baptism and communion the clan gathered on the Church Rooms' steps for this group photo. Mum and Dad hold Morgan and Elis.

Sweets from Mike the Lollipop
Congratulations to Mike, full of fun on his 80th birthday. He celebrated by sharing sweets with those crossing the road he patrols.

3 April, Canon Andrew Gough licensed at 7.00pm in Holy Trinity, Weymouth

23 April, Tim visiting Portland

Rural deans have responsibility for overseeing the normal life of their deanery, so taking part in worship is important. Checking fabric and records is included in these visits.

30 April, St Osmund's APM

This is the last of our team's Annual Parish Meetings, and marks an encouraging year which includes progress on upgrading church facilities, and paying share in full. Congratulations to Brian, PCC members, and fantastic community supporters.

30 April, 6.30pm Confirmation with Bishop Karen
Anyone interested should get in touch with their minister. Those who have completed a year at All Stage, Tuesday Candlelights, or Café Church are already trained.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

March 2017 News & Notes

Tom Coopey was licensed at St John, Greenhill by Bishop Karen on 17 January. He knows the area well, having worked as a Youth Worker in the Radipole Team. He is warmly welcomed back, but in a very different role as Team Vicar.

1 March is the start of Lent and our bishops are encouraging us to make it a meaningful season by praying regularly. Booklets are available in our Churches, so please get involved. Each week there are plenty of opportunities to join with others, and enjoy a wide variety of styles. Our own private prayer is important too.

5 March the rector is covering the vacancy at Holy Trinity, Weymouth. Canon Andrew Gough will be licensed by Bishop Nicholas on 3 April. We warmly welcome his appointment.

Fairtrade fortnight runs until 13 March
We have an excellent team running Fairtrade stalls in the team. Our thanks to them. Here's an opportunity to encourage the movement, which makes a real practical difference to millions of producers.

12 March, first Annual Parish Meetings (APMs) within Café Church for St Andrew's. The Team Rector attempts to attend all these meetings, and this year we will sign the new constitution which sets out how we work together.

19 March, St Nicholas for Bincombe and Broadwey APMs to celebrate the last year, which included a huge tidy up and new services.

26 March, APMs at St Francis, and St Laurence with plenty for which to thank God, and hopes for the future.

21 March, Clergy Chapter ministry development day in London, reflecting on Tate Modern and other developments.

3 April, Canon Andrew Gough licensed at 7.00pm in Holy Trinity, Weymouth

30 April, 6.30pm Confirmation with Bishop Karen
Anyone interested should get in touch with their minister. Those who have completed a year at All Stage, Tuesday Candlelights, or Café Church are already trained.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

February 2017 News & Notes

It's not too late to join Café Church Alpha
10.00am in Church Rooms, Preston on third Sundays. This is part of Learning Church, and the course works as well for for those who know little about Christianity, as for regular Church members wishing to refresh their understanding.

Weekday prayers
There is truth in the saying 'seven days without prayer makes one weak', so to encourage our collective strength we have many opportunities on weekdays. This year we added three new ones:
 • Morning Prayer, normally led by Brian Ellis, 9.30am on second Mondays in Osmington Church.

 • Evening Prayer, normally led by Philip Elliott, 7.30pm on second Wednesdays in Bincombe Church.
 • Evening Prayer, normally led by Philip Elliott, 7.30pm on fourth Wednesdays in Buckland Ripers
Church.

Record tree for St Osmund
Dr Warwick has kindly donated a Christmas tree to the Church each year. This one beat the record for height, and only just fitted in the north aisle. Congratulations to those who decorated it ~ no mean feat. The Christmas congregation certainly appreciated their efforts.

Thanks for the extras
A huge amount goes on behind the scenes at Christmas. Many thanks to highly skilled decorators, musicians, and busy ministers supported by admin wizards. 

Fairtrade fortnight starts 27 Feb
We have an excellent team running Fairtrade stalls in the team. Our thanks to them. Here's an opportunity to encourage the movement, which makes a real practical difference to millions of producers.

Our first Annual Parish Meeting
St Andrew's APM will be within Café Church on Sunday 12 March. The Team Rector attends all these meetings, and this year we will sign the new constitution which sets out how we work together.

Canon Andrew Gough at Holy Trinity
I'm delighted to report that Andrew will be licensed by Bishop Nicholas on 3 April. We warmly welcome his appointment, and I'm grateful to colleagues for picking up extra services so we could help cover the vacancy.

30 Apr, 6.30pm Confirmation with Bishop Karen

Anyone interested should get in touch with their minister. Those who have completed a year at All Stage, Tuesday Candlelights, or Café Church are already trained.