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A warm welcome from the Rector

Can you believe I have now been rector for Ash and Ridley for one year!

I celebrated the anniversary of my installation on 13th November in Ash church at the 10am service of Holy Communion. In the church calendar, on 13th November we remember Charles Simeon, a gifted preacher and evangelist who founded the Christian Mission Society and stayed for a very impressive 53years as vicar in his parish of Holy Trinity, Cambridge so I have a few to go!

But there at the altar, with a few friends old and new, remembering Christ’s amazing love was very special and of course there was coffee and chocolate cake after.

It has been a whirlwind of a year and one where I have been blessed by the generosity of welcome, hospitality and kindness both of the church and wider community – thank you. I am looking forward to next year and many more to come.

As you reach an anniversary you can’t help but look back over the year or years that have gone by and reflect on the ups and downs, the lessons learnt and the joys shared. We are in the season of remembrance and that is what we have been doing as church, community and nation in our services remembering our departed loved ones and those who fell and are still falling because of war. It is important to look back and learn before moving forward ……

…. forward we do go and we will soon be in Advent – where we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the Christmas season ….. more about that next time.

Before the rush that can often surround preparations for Christmas do spend a little time reflecting on what has been, give thanks to God and may God guide and bless you in whatever life has to offer next.

God Bless … Rev Helen.

Induction Service 13/11/18


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