Team Rector’s Report January 2014
The Christmas season was as busy as always. Numbers attending worship overall were a little down on last year. In part, this was due to the very poor pre Christmas weather and the fact that many of the regular congregations seemed to be away. There was the full range of services including special carol services, crib services and others such as the Blue Light carol service. St. Mary’s school held their Christmas service in St. Mary’s Bridport and the Sir John Colfox School their Carol Concert. There were children’s activities at St. Mary’s Bridport and St. Mary’s Walditch.
This is an opportunity for me to say a very big and genuine ‘thank-you’ to everyone who was involved in the myriad of tasks that underpinned this season. It was, as always, an astonishing testament to our shared mission and ministry.
Cupboard Love was busy in the run-up to Christmas. In addition to the usual weekly distributions, additional Christmas hampers were distributed which included a complete Christmas lunch. There were over fifty recipients of food parcels in December. Twelve children received stockings of gifts. Church members and members of the public were particularly generous with gifts of food and money.
At year’s end, the ministry team had conducted 107 funerals. So far this year there have been a further eight funerals.
The Bridport United Church are using St. Mary’s, Bridport for some functions during their period of refurbishment. St. Swithun’s have agreed to host the weekly RC Mass later in the year during a period of refurbishment at St. Catherine’s.
I am pleased to report the Rev’d Dan Shackell received the unanimous support of St. Swithun’s DCC to undertake the role of Mission Partner to the church and have pastoral oversight of the congregation there.
Rev’d Canon Andrew Evans – Team Rector