Happy New Year – and what an exciting year it’s going to be!
We are on the last leg of the rebuilding and as you will have seen, the clear glass windows have been completed, and the new extensions are looking fantastic!
We are beginning to make decisions about finishes now and the last elements of permissions are with the DAC (the Diocesan body that approves any changes to churches) and we are awaiting the go ahead before ordering the furniture that people have been so generous in providing donations for.
The lights are in, and the first “picture” window – the new glass gable with its etched cross and symbols (see above) – is in place. And the cross is back on top of the tower – what a good day that was!
So it’s moving steadily forward towards an opening in April. We may miss Easter, but I’d rather it was not rushed at this stage … as I’m sure you would.
The only things that might be left to do after Croft complete their work are the installation of the bells and the final stained glass window, but that all depends on other factors we have no control over … we’ll keep you informed.
However, there is even more exciting news! With the re-opening of the church, with all its new facilities, I have been pressing the Diocese to take the opportunity to appoint someone to move into the Vicarage and start a new ministry among us – and although it’s taken 18 months of waiting and asking, they have agreed. So, the Bishop has asked me to oversee the training of a curate, which is like a vicar-apprentice, who will move into the vicarage in readiness for her ordination in June, and work among us for the next 3 years.
Her name is Vikki Bisiker, and she and her husband (Mick) will be moving here from Napton. They have 2 children (Tom and Emma)and a VW Beetle called Gigi. Vikki has worked as a trainee legal executive for several years before running her own entertainment company providing mediaeval banquets and murder mystery evenings, worked for CPAS developing their Falcon Camps, and some of you may well know her from the monthly informal service she and Mick run at Napton.
I shall still be around, but maybe more in the background as Vikki’s ministry grows. She is extremely capable and delightful, and I am sure it won’t be long before she is very much at home in our village community.
In the meantime, keep praying, keep encouraging the team, and keep looking forward to the day the church is handed back to us for us to use and enjoy for many years to come.