Why we thank our Retired Ministry Team

Our service of Holy Communion last Sunday was conducted by the Rev Gillian Orpin once again. The Rev Gillian, has conducted quite a few services for us during our vacancy and for that we have been very thankful. But how many of us really know the Rev Gillian? I think the answer to that is, very few. But over the last few weeks of her ministry for us, she has given us many interesting sermons involving her interests and how they fitted in with her church life. Her sermon on Sunday was exceptional, it was a cut down version of her life story and how God had helped her make decisions on where she should work and help others. The story is too long to write here but it involved meeting Dr Billy Graham early on and ending up as a missionary in Thailand. Although in the main this was one of the best times of her career but also there was tragedy as her husband of a few months, lost his life as a result of a robbery, at a time when she was 8 months pregnant with her only son. Eventually, she ended up in our area and we have enjoyed meeting her and enjoying her stories. Thank you Gillian, we will look forward to your next visit.

The service for St Mary’s next Sunday, November 1st, will be an online Zoom “Service of the Word” led by our Lay team and starting at 10.30am. Use the log in information from previous sessions if joining the service. There will also be an evening NightLight service at 7.30pm on Zoom using the previous link.

St Mary’s is open for private prayer on Monday, Thursday and Sunday of each week. Please follow the advice given in church for visitors regarding Covid-19 restrictions. Possible bookings for weddings, baptisms and funerals may be made by calling the church office on 01767 261202 or email to: benefice.com@gmail.com. The Church Hall is now available for bookings so if you have a future date in mind, please ring 01767 260430 to enquire availability.

Services for Sunday November 1st, Trinity 21, at St Mary’s Church unless shown otherwise: 9am Holy Communion, St John’s Church Cockayne Hatley 9am Holy Communion Patronal Festival, All Saints Sutton with Archdeacon Dave 10.30am Service of the Word, by Zoom for St Mary’s 7.30pm NightLight by Zoom

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