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Vacancy filled!

By the end of June, the Empty Chair, will be but a memory when our Benefice welcomes Hilary, and her family, as our new Mission Community Priest, thus making history in the process.  It seems almost unbelievable that the gap has lasted for almost a year and a half, but our welcome is warm and sincere.

There have been some perhaps unexpected highlights during the vacancy – new contacts with pre-school groups, the training and commissioning of bereavement visitors, refresher training for those who read and lead intercessions.  As well as   the normal pattern of worship,   and  a fair sprinkling of occasional offices to celebrate special events for the families in the parishes. For the normal and the occasional we owe very  great  thanks to the  priests and readers  who are resident among us, as well as those who have travelled from further afield, especially for festivals.  And added thanks must go to all the unseen help of Churchwardens, Sidespersons, servers,  vergers, flower arrangers, coffee makers and so on – all of whom are vital  to our parishes. Thank you all.   Sadly our churches still have some needs to fill key tasks and hopefully there will new volunteers to fill the gaps.

It is especially good to know that soon there will be a new family in our Vicarage – where necessary repairs and renovations have recently been completed – and a warm Devon welcome awaits them. Hilary and family have a short pre-arranged summer holiday after they arrive but by August  normality should return.    We warmly welcome them all.

Nigel Speller

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