Message from Archdeacon Peter

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Hello again from rural Leicestershire,

I hope that you have been experiencing some of the same beautiful weather that we have received here in the UK over the last few weeks, all good news for the local farming community after a ‘wash out May’.

On the subject of good news, this week has seen our four Chaplaincy Workstreams meet independently for their next round of reflections, in some cases for the third time. There is a great deal to give thanks for in this work and as happens in many such cases, out of adversity something new and good has started to emerge. We are greatly indebted for all those who are involved with this initiative and as we mark the approximate half-way stage in this phase of reflection, there is a sense of hope for the future that is starting to appear.

As part of the good news, I am very happy to announce that two familiar figures in the life of the Chaplaincy have just received new ‘permissions to officiate’ (pto) from Bishop Robert. Revd Jacqueline Rodwell has already physically arrived back in the Chaplaincy after her time in Malaysia, and Revd Tony Jewiss whilst having joined us spiritually for some time from his current base in the US, will be relocating to France in early July. It is so encouraging to welcome two more ordained members to our Ministry Team, and just at a time as we discern the next steps for the provision of ministry across our worship centres. What a wonderful way to be reminded of God’s provision for us.

Next Sunday, 20th June, we are hoping to run a live Zoom service in-place of the posted recorded service. I look forward to ‘seeing’ many of you then.

Best wishes,

Archdeacon Peter

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