LEST WE FORGET
Exactly 100 years after the Armistice
Sunday 11th November 2018
St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington at 10.40am
St Mary’s Church, Weekley at 10.40am
St Mary Magdalene Church – Geddington
“A commemoration of All Souls’ Day”
Sunday 4th November 2018
The church will be open from 5.30pm-8.30pm
This is an opportunity for us to give thanks and remember the people with whom we have shared our lives and are no longer with us.
This is an informal, contemplative setting for anyone who wishes to come along as we take time to remember and honour those with whom we have shared life’s journey. It’s a time to give thanks and celebrate our memories.
If you wish, you can send us a photograph (with name) of the person you would like to remember. These will be shown on a slide screen in the church.
Photographs can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 2nd November
“Always keep me in your heart … The passion of love bursting into flame more powerful than death, stronger than the grave.” (Song of Solomon 8.6)
We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the agreement of the representatives of the patron and of the parishes, the Reverend Gillian Gamble has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to become Priest in Charge of the Parishes of Geddington and Weekley. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, Gillian will be licensed by Bishop Donald in Geddington Parish Church on Sunday 3 February at 3.00 pm.
Gillian is currently serving her title as curate in the Parish of St Peter and St Paul, Oadby, in the Diocese of Leicester. She will be joining us with her partner Sarah Treanor in February. Prior to ordination, Gillian worked as a youth worker for 13 years. Gillian writes: Sarah and I, along with our dog Harley, are very much looking forward to joining you in Geddington and Weekley and to becoming part of the community.
Bishop Donald and Archdeacon Gordon are very grateful to all who helped with the preparation of the benefice profile, all the arrangements for the interview day and for the continuing and encouraging ministry of the parishes in the service of Christ during the vacancy. We ask for your prayers for Gillian and Sarah as they prepare for their move.
The Venerable Gordon Steele
Archdeacon of Oakham
The Friends of Geddington Church invite you to join this event – a fun afternoon for all the family! Gather in Geddington Church at 1.30pm, buy your clue sheet (£2) and order your tea (£5 adults, £2.50 kids), then jump in your car and begin your hunt around the locality! Return to church by 3.30pm with your answers, have tea and hear who’s won the prize! Please pre-book your places by phoning Sylvia Pitts on 01536 745350 or email David Lomansey at email@example.com By joining in, you’ll be helping raise funds towards maintaining our beautiful church building.
Click here for Fr Rob’s departing sermon: 2nd Sunday before Lent 18 – leaving
Here is a PDF of Fr Rob’s goodbye letter to the church: Leaving Letter
It has been difficult trying to think of what to write in this goodbye letter. The last four years have passed so quickly and we have done so much together. It is no secret that being a vicar can be a stressful job, but it is also most privileged. Together, overtime, we have grown and shown what a community can truly be. We have laughed and cried together, we have bickered and had amazing fun.
In many ways, we have helped each other model what a Christian community can be; we have engaged in both corporal and spiritual acts of mercy: sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, anointing and praying for the sick, releasing people from oppression (especially of isolation and loneliness). We have led people by teaching and example towards Christ, forgiven each other, prayed for our communities and the living and the dead.
Our church has become a place of sanctuary to so many, as we have opened its doors to different demographics and generations. We have become an outward community as we have been happy to be seen and known as Christ’s church in the community. We have lived the life of faith in the most amazing ways. We have found joy in walking the path of faith together, going on pilgrimage, praying, and, most of all, uniting in one common purpose around God’s holy Altar.
The memories and moments we have shared are far too many to number, but I for one will take them with me as I journey on under God’s direction. I will never forget you, nor what we have achieved here. As you gaze into the future, remain brave and courageous, and watch for the mysterious opportunities God places before you. Keep the Faith! You are all very special and you must never forget that you are always loved by the one who calls us to unbelievable things in his name, Jesus Christ our loving and merciful Lord.
I depart wishing you love and peace. Thank you for all you are.
Click here for a copy of Fr Rob’s final letter to the Village – January Newsletter
Midnight Mass Sermon – http://geddingtonchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Midnight-Mass-2017.pdf
Midnight Mass is one of the richest and most meaningful services of the year. As Christmas Eve turns into Christmas day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and join around the Holy Altar.
Midnight Mass is the richest and most symbolic service of the season. It is devotional, mystical and communal. Everyone is welcome to God’s Holy Altar where we share and receive God’s mysterious and precious gifts of bread and wine, becoming for us Christ’s body and blood – uniting us and binding us together in the Christian narrative of love and service.
Bring the whole family. It is an experience that children and adults will cherish and will remain with them throughout the year. It will give Christmas day depth and meaning beyond anything you’ve experienced since a child.
Sunday 24th December at 11pm, Geddington Church