As our Priest-in-Charge Revd. Mark Wilson movingly wrote in the
last Bulletin he is for reasons of ill health and matters quite
beyond his control taking early retirement and leaving us this
month. His last service in Inkpen will be Parish Communion at
10.30am on Sunday 13th September and his last service in the
Benefice will be at the same time but in St. Mary's Church,
Kintbury on Sunday 20th. He and his wife Deborah who has been the
Benefice Administrator have given much to the Benefice and we wish
them every blessing in this new chapter of their life.
It so happens that also this month my co-Churchwarden Peter Bell leaves us to begin a new life with his daughter Jessica and her family in Devon. Peter came to Inkpen some 20 years ago and since 2008 has been a Churchwarden of St. Michael's. During his time here he has become the true and much respected friend of many. In his church life he has been particularly concerned, as have many of us, about how to make Christian belief and worship relevant to modern day thinking. To this end in 2005 he, with others, started to develop what came to be known as the 'Service With A Difference' which has and will continue to offer a fresh perspective. And at a different level altogether he has lobbied the Archdeacon of Berkshire, the Bishop of Oxford and the Archbishop of Canterbury (to name but a few) about the need for radical change. We will miss him enormously.
As you might expect there is the opportunity to give to the leaving presents of both Mark and Peter. If you would like to do so please send cash or a cheque made payable to 'Inkpen PCC' to me at Laburnum Cottage, Heads Lane, Inkpen Common, Hungerford, RG17 9QS. Sadly, St. Michael's remains closed except for Wednesdays and Sundays when it will be open from 9am-4pm. There are two exceptions to this during September. The first is on Sunday 6th which is Peter's last service with us and is Compline at 6.30pm. The Church will therefore be locked until 6pm. The other is on Sunday 13th as given above when the church will open at 10am but be closed for the rest of the day after the service.
Blessings and thanks all round. Gerald Atkinson.
The 20th September will be Mark’s last Sunday as Priest in Charge
of WBB. There will only be one service in the Benefice on that
day. It will be at Kintbury at 1030hrs. As spaces are limited due
to Covid 19 we are asking parishioners to let us know if they
intend to be there.
Please let Jenny Veasey know by the 10th September in order to maximise the places available. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
In line with Government instructions, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Hungerford will be closed until further notice. For further information, contact Paul Burrough 01488 668882, mobile 07836 292976 or email email@example.com.
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All Inkpen church services are suspended for the time being, in
accordance with Government instructions. But for us in the
Benefice, weekly services are continuing on-line and if you would
like to follow them live go to http://www.walburybeaconbenefice.org.uk/services/morning-prayer.php
which then gives you a Zoom link.
Harvest Festival at Combe
Combe is the first village in the Benefice to have its Harvest Festival. Observing social distancing etc. This will be in St. Swithun's Church at 10.30 on Sunday 27th September. The Church has been in total lock-down since March, but it's opening for harvest which is cause for a double celebration.
Benefice Administrator required
Walbury Beacon Benefice is looking for someone with good communication and IT skills, to co-ordinate the work of the ministry team and manage the Benefice finances; also, to support our internet communication with the Benefice and wider community.16 hours per week @ £9 per hour with some flexibility on hours.
Might this be you? If so, please contact: Rev'd Tim Wood Tel:01488 669 261, or Jenny Veasey Tel: 01488 657 911 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org