The Wardens - November 2019


From the Wardens Window


As far as my church duties are concerned, it’s been a quiet month; the renovations on the spire are complete, and there’s nothing in the pipeline in terms of minor or major repairs, just more tidying in the church hall and the grounds at St. Marks.

Unfortunately I missed the Harvest Lunch, but from the reports I have received it went swimmingly as usual.  Chris and Sarah did an amazing job of feeding everyone, and, after all expenses were paid,  £283.50 was raised for Mary’s Meals.

On the 10th October, Derek and I attended a training session for Churchwardens at St. Aldhelms in Weymouth.  It was a long way to go for a meeting that only lasted 2 hours, but it was a nice day for a drive.  The meeting was taken by The Ven Penny Sayer, Archdeacon of Sherborne, followed by a talk by Derek Stancombe from Ecclesiastical Insurance, who told some horror stories of why claims had to be made.   We are very lucky that neither St. Marks nor All Saints have any lead to steal.  One story he told was how prayer certainly helped in thwarting the thieves.  A church was holding a 24-hour prayer session and during the early hours of the morning the people who were praying inside heard a noise on the roof and called the police, who promptly arrived and arrested them all.  The thieves had never heard of a church that had a 24-hour security stakeout!

The Craft Fair was/will be (depending on when you’re reading this) held on the 2nd November, and the All Soul’s service on the 3rd.  This is a very moving event; the difficulty is who do you include on your list and who do you leave out; if we all mentioned everyone we wanted to Charles would be reading out names for hours.

In my last article for the magazine, I wrote about Change - change in the weather, changes in technology, but I'm really not sure what to expect of the big change that's coming -BREXIT. What will happen, how will things alter for us on a day to day basis. I have to admit that I don't actually know what all the furore is about - I voted and then left it up to the government and polititions to iron out all the problems - to dot the i's and cross the t's. All that's done is left me (and I suspect a lot of people) cross-eyed and just cross. By the time you read this, it will have happened, and we will have to face the future- but with God's help, and together, we will face it with our usual determination, hope, love and faith.  

Jenny Lewis












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