Church News

WWI Commemorations 

Our thanks and congratulations go to the Local History Society for tak-ing the lead in organising the weekend of events to mark the beginning of The Great War. We were pleased that the church building was used for this occasion and that we were able to contribute to its considerable success. The weekend included an exhibition, talks, readings, and a ser-vice of remembrance. On August 4th a vigil was held at the war memorial to coincide with the “Lights going out all over Europe” speech - a fitting end to a memorable weekend .(See report on page?) 

Church Roof 

Now that permission has been obtained for work to begin on the church roof, the church architect has met with the contractor to discuss prac-ticalities. We hope that Academe Roofing will be able to complete the necessary work before winter. 

Appointments 

The Revd Canon Sarah Clark, currently Team Rector of Clifton, has been appointed Archdeacon of Nottingham. Sarah is the first woman to take up such a senior position in the diocese. She replaces Peter Hill who left to become Bishop of Barking. Meanwhile our group of parishes is working towards the appointment of a new priest in charge, Southwell Minster is working towards the appointment of a new dean and the diocese is work-ing towards the appointment of a new bishop. A job description for bishop (Vacancy in See Statement of Needs) has been drawn up after consultation across the diocese which highlights the qualities required in the person appointed- 

“committed to prayerful discipleship; a risk-taker; a compassionate pas-tor; approachable; committed to education and church schools”. The full document can be seen on the diocesan website <southwell.anglican.org> 

Future of the West Trent Group 

A meeting of the churchwardens, readers and members of all the PCCs was held on Monday September 1st, attended by the Archdeacon of New-ark, David Picken, and Area Dean David Milner. A timetable for the ap-pointment of a new priest in charge was drawn up and representatives from each PCC invited to take part in the selection process and interview. 

It is hoped that an appointment will be made by March 2015. This will be a full time appointment for a fixed term of five years, terminating in 2020 when changes come into effect for the whole of the Newark Dean-ery. 

Harvest Celebrations 

We are holding a Bring-and-Share Lunch following the harvest thanksgiv-ing service on Sunday October 5th. This was a very successful event last year, 

James.bright@btinternet.com