Vicar’s Letter November 2021

A couple of weeks ago I went to a live event. A live event where there were other actual people present. The people weren’t sat at home in their pyjamas with mugs of tea in their hand. No, the people and I were in the same room. We’d all gathered in a historic old room to listen to someone talk about a particular thing. And the people in the room had all gathered in the same physical space to hear someone talk about something because of a shared interest in that thing.

Now, if I was writing this in 2019 the response might well be, “…and so…. your point is….” But as I sat in this historic and beautiful room while the person talked about a particular subject I was suddenly taken aback by how much I had missed being in the same space as other people with such a shared interest.

In my case, it was a poetry reading and it was fantastic! A week or so before the poetry reading the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die had been released and I thought of all the avid Bond fans who had waited for an extra long time to see this film and who would be frantically buying tickets to see the film.

Suddenly, a little bit of what would have been normal feels full of anticipation again.

I recently booked concert tickets for a gig in Manchester and one in Liverpool in 2022. It felt strange booking tickets, something that had used to feel so mundane. The tickets are booked, with the hope that in the build up to the gigs there will be no positive Covid result in the family.

These truly are extraordinary times, when the simplest of things can feel like an out and out adventure.

Blessings

Rev Tim.

Plans were announced on Sunday 26th drawn up by the PCC for the use of the Beryl Ikin Bequest in our Vision 20×22:

Tim announced our intention to appoint a part-time Children, Youth and Families Minister. Our hope is that whoever is appointed will spend time helping us to develop and support what already exists, such as Sunday Kids and assembly links with schools. But we also want whoever is appointed to explore new opportunities and avenues for mission and engagement with children, youth and families within our communities.

This is such an exciting opportunity – made even more exciting by our intention to create an ongoing role, not one limited to two or three years of funding but one that is given space and time to develop.

To make this happen we are very blessed to be able to use the incredibly generous Beryl Ikin bequest to part-fund the post. So that we can make this role the best that it can be, we are also seeking to part-fund the post from our congregations and beyond.

In a giant step of faith as a key part of our 20×22 vision we are looking for 22 people to support the project by £20 per month. We know this is a big ask, but rather than only funding the role through the bequest (which would limit the time of the role) we want to build up that sense of partnership that occurs when people are spiritually, emotionally and of course financially invested in a project.

This is such a wonderful opportunity and we’d be delighted to hear from individuals or organizations who would like to explore how to make this happen.

Blessings,
Rev Tim

The PCC plans to use all of this hugely generous bequest to help others, and not spend any on the church building or running costs – £50k to support this exciting new work in the community and £5k to meet our commitment to use 10% of our income for outside giving.

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor & Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team, now complete. Chairman of Sir John Offley's Almshouse Trust, Madeley.
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