Friends, elsewhere in this newsletter I reflect on twenty-five years as a priest in the Church of England. This article is to let you know what is happening to mark my silver jubilee and to invite you to come and join in celebrating with me.
I will be presiding at the Eucharist at 11am on Sunday 1st July to mark this anniversary of ordination. I’m delighted to say, of course, that there is more than one thing to celebrate on this day because it will also be the day that Bishop Richard will License Revd Aaron Kennedy as Associate Vicar of the Parish, with responsibility for Community Development and Mission. Bishop Richard is the preacher as well. Aaron will be inviting some of his friends along to join us too. For myself, I’ve invited members of my two previous congregations, Immanuel & St Andrew, Streatham Common and All Saints’, Sanderstead, to join us. A good number will be attending.
The choir are working on a choral setting of the Eucharist, Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannes de Deo with string accompaniment. After the service there will be bubbly in the churchyard and a bring-and-share parish picnic lunch to follow (do bring garden furniture and blankets). Details of the parish lunch will be available at the back of church very soon. Contact the office for more details.
Everyone will be very welcome to join us.