Team Rector - Letter June 2018

Tel: (01925) 485288E-Mail: jeremy@westwarringtonchurch.ukDay Off: Friday

24 May 2018


Dear Friends

It was great to join with people from churches all over West Warrington for the prayer walk on Ascension Day, 10th May. The weather, whilst chilly to begin with, stayed fine and it was good to pray, walk and talk with others for God’s Kingdom to come. My thanks to all the churches who hosted us and to those who led us in times of prayer including our evening service at St. Philip’s. If you have been praying for others (or started to pray for others) to come to know Jesus don’t stop now! Sometimes, it can take many years before people respond to him. If you have had any encouragements in answer to your prayers, do share them with others and with me.

As we thought on Ascension Day about Jesus leaving his disciples to return to His Father in heaven, so we have recently learnt of another departure. Pete Atkinson, our Team curate, will be leaving us to take up the post of Transform local lead for St. Helen’s. For those who don’t know, Transform is a Church Commissioners funded project within our archdeaconry that is seeking to plant three new churches aimed at youth and young adults in Widnes, Warrington and St. Helens. Pete will be working with Rev. Gaz Tracey, the lead for the whole of the Transform Project, and working out of St.Helen’s parish church. Please do pray for Pete, Lydia, Theo and Noah as they prepare to leave us this summer. We will have the opportunity to say our farewells as a team at a BBQ at St. Philip’s on Sunday 22 JulyDo come anytime from 12 noon and the BBQ will hopefully be ready by around 12.30 p.m. Contributions of puddings, salads or drinks would be most welcome. It will be sad to see Pete and the family leave, but we can be grateful to God for all that they have brought to our life as a team, particularly at St. Philip’s.

Pete’s departure will obviously have an impact upon the operation of St. Philip’s and indeed across the wider team, so we will be thinking about how to move forward in the light of that and share our thinking with you in due course. Times of change can also be times for growth, and my hope and prayer would be that we can build upon the legacy Pete will leave usin a sustainable way, given that we will only have three clergy(Martin, Sarah and myself) in the near future.

Finally, if you have not yet signed up for tickets for the Big Church day Out at Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield (on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) don’t delay. Please book online via the diocesan link for a specially discounted price of £28 per adult, and £22 per child closing date is Monday 28 may! I hope to see many of you there on the Saturday.

Yours in His Service

Jeremy Tear, Pioneer Team Rector