Welcome back to Revd Ann Lynes – 15th November
Great News! Ann Lynes will be presiding at the Eucharist at St Mary’s on Saturday 15th November at 10am. This is for Southwark Cursillo’s next ‘Ultreya’ (see below) and everyone is welcome. For those who don’t know Ann, she was a very active member of St Mary’s, Battersea for several years prior to going to Cuddesdon to train for ordination. She started the Tuesday House group in her flat which later moved to Alison Watson’s house and is still flourishing, now in its new home, led by Ellie Cooke.
During her training Ann spent a placement in Montreal with our former vicar, Very Rev’d Paul Kennington. She was ordained deacon at Southwark Cathedral in 2013 and is serving her curacy at St Mary’s Church, Barnes. Ann was ordained priest on 5th July this year and presided at her first Eucharist the following day. Caroline Prescott’s article in the September magazine describes how some of our bell-ringers from St Mary’s, together with our former vicar Paul, joined St Mary’s Barnes’ bell-ringers that evening for a joint quarter peal to congratulate Ann.
What is Cursillo? The word (pronounced ‘cur-see-yo’) is Spanish and means ‘short course’. Cursillo is a worldwide movement of the Church offering a way by which Christians are enabled to grow in faith through prayer, study and action and empowered to share God’s love. Archbishop John Sentamu has said “Cursillo is about making disciples; it transforms people’s lives and empowers them for service”.
The word ‘Ultreya’ is derived from the Latin meaning ‘Onward!’ It is the shout of the pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela to ‘keep going’ and this is exactly what the morning will be – a time of sharing and encouragement. We start with a welcoming tea or coffee at 10am followed by the Eucharist. During this there will be a time of sharing in small groups and a lay talk with clergy response. We follow this with a bring-and-share lunch.
All are welcome and there will be people from a number of other churches across the diocese for you to meet and make welcome. As St Mary’s was Ann’s ‘sending’ church it will be very special to have her presiding here for us on that day.