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Introduction from Revd Alison
Welcome to what I hope will become a monthly newsletter, to sit alongside our weekly Pew Sheet, providing an additional source of news and information. I hope that you will find this helpful, and I would welcome any thoughts or comments. Please do let me know if there is anything you would like to see included either as a one off or a regular item.
|Over 3 Sundays in June we will be following the Generous June teaching series in our 9.30am services at All Saints. This teaching series is to deepen our understanding of God’s generosity, and how it can influence all aspects of our day to day lives and will draw on passages from Mark’s Gospel.|
New role of EcoChurch Lead
Huge congratulations go to David Chappell who has recently completed a Bishop’s Commission for Mission in Creation Care. Many of you will already be aware of the amazing work that David does in the Churchyard and the Conservation area, managing and developing it as a home for wildflowers and various wildlife. Following the completion of his course, David will now be taking a lead in helping Fawley Parish to become an EcoChurch, in support of the Diocese of Winchester Net Zero Strategy. Keep an eye out for further information as David encourages us to embrace the concept of EcoChurch and sustainable living.
Ever since New Testament times small groups of Christians have met to learn, to worship and to grow together. They continue to be an important setting for Growing in faith and in discipleship in many churches, as they have been in this church in the past. Home/Study groups are the place where we can go deeper, where we can ask questions, and where we can grow in fellowship and love with one another. I would encourage as many of you as possible to think about joining a Home Group, and it would be great if we could start both a daytime and an evening group. Please contact me (Alison) if you are interested in joining a group.
Extended Ministerial Development Leave (Sabbatical)
Extended Ministerial Development Leave is a recognized part of the church’s provision for ongoing learning and theological development for those in ordained ministry. Due several unforeseen circumstances I have had to put my development leave plans on hold since 2018. The PCC have now given their full support to enabling me to take this time next year, so I plan to be on 3 months Extended Ministerial Development Leave from May-July 2023. I intend to use this time to explore the ‘Spirituality of Ageing’, something that I have been interested in for several years. I will be working with the Churchwardens and PCC to arrange necessary cover. Alison