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View from the Vicarage

Rev. Paul Southern writes
March 2015

As our church moves into a new period in its life, I’m glad and privileged to share ministry with Canon Mervyn McKinney, Merv, newly retired and living in Dedham.

Working together, we shall cover most of the services. We’ve already been dubbed the ‘Ant and Dec’ of Dedham church!

We are looking forward to seeing what The Lord will do as we all pull together and offer our gifts and talents in His service.

Until the appointment of a new vicar and lecturer, which could take some time, Merv and I will be working under the authority and guidance of the churchwardens who have the responsibility for the running of the church. Please be patient with them over the next few months as they seek the way forward in their discussions with Diocesan authorities.

The wardens see little need for changing the way we do things. We would like to try to develop the Family Service and to encourage families to come (or come back?) by having a shorter service with

teaching, learning and worship available to the whole family— children with their parents and perhaps grandparents? Occasionally, Baptisms will take place in the family service.

With this in mind, our Mothering Sunday Service at 10.30am on 15 March will be a family service, with contributions from the children of Dedham Primary School., which the head teacher is keen to promote. We shall also invite recent baptism families to come along too. Our Christmas services reminded us that there are many young families in the areas, so please encourage families you are part of, or know of, to come along.

In all we do, Dedham Church exists, as always, to share the Good News of knowing God through His Son Jesus Christ, and what it is to become, or be a Christian, in the context of our daily lives. Our understanding of The Bible is key in this. And in our fellowship together, to share each others’ joys and sorrows, and to love our neighbours as ourselves.

The Vicar
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