The Wardens - December 2017 & January 2018


From the Wardens Window

                                 TIME FOR REFLECTION

On 8th December it will be two years since Corinne and I moved permanently to Dorset.

It has been quite a hectic time, but some things stand out; especially the warmth, friendship and love from St Mark’s and All Saints’, including your confidence in me to be your church warden.

As your wardens, Garnet and I have certainly been having a hectic time with our Archdeacon’s Visitation, the Quinquennial at All Saints’ and wading through the Health and Safety Policy for the parish. You will hear a lot more about this over the coming months.

October and November have seen us celebrating the Harvest Thanksgiving, All Souls’, Remembrance and Christ the King with a lot of emphasis on the Commandments,  ‘To Love your God with your whole heart’ and ‘To love your neighbour as yourself.’

During the Harvest weekend many of you met the Salmon family, our friends from St Paul’s, Tottenham. They said how friendly everybody at St Mark’s are, how they were greeted and how everybody spent time and talked to them.

When we went to Tottenham for a friend’s confirmation on 15th October everybody there know of the Harvest lunch and the weekend that the Salmons spent in Dorset. A credit to the congregation of St Mark’s and All Saints. I suspect we are likely to have more visits from various members of St Paul’s.

As we approach the joyous season of our Lord’s birth let us continue the emphasis of loving our neighbour (look out for people around you who are in need) during Christmas and the New  Year.

We have a good friend in Barbados, Rev Peter Haynes who is Rector of St Peter’s Parish church, Speightown. He wrote a prayer that I would like us to adopt for the coming season.

May you all receive God’s Blessing and I wish you all a peaceful, joyous Christmas and New Year with our love and prayers.

Derek Lewis







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