It is au revoir to Janet. She played more roles than most people realised. She was responsible for two parishes, a part of the Wallingford Team Ministry, and with many other irons in the fire, was for much of her time here an almost full time mother. All were amazed at the way she juggled and coped and found the energy and still have a smile, be a bundle of fun, and with a vivid imagination and much flair her ministry was always fresh.
By example she demonstrated by both action and being ready to listen to all, that faith was something that can be enjoyable. We will all miss the big smile under an enormous helmet cycling round the village.
Now, while we are going through the process of appointing a new Team Vicar, we are assured that, despite declining clergy numbers, the post will be filled again this time. The process for appointment is a rather lengthy one. It is because we will do our utmost to find the right person for the position. Our hope is that someone will be in post by Christmas.
Services will continue to be held as usual with either David Rice, the Team Rector, or a galaxy of visiting ministers officiating. Our own ministry team will continue with the Worship For All Ages service every second Sunday of the month. This is a shorter service without Communion for all members of the family. For children too young to pay attention there are toys in the tower room, so nobody need worry about them making a noise.
The Churchwardens are responsible for taking enquiries or requests concerning Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings, Funerals, home visits, either clergy or lay, whether just sick visits or home Communions etc. Contact may, of course, be made direct with the Team Rector.
By reputation we are a friendly congregation and look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday mornings.