Rector’s Letter

I always heave a sigh of relief when February is over, for by March I know we’ve kicked winter into touch…. Even if we do get the Beast from the East bringing snow and chaos, I know it won’t last long, spring is definitely marching on (forgive the pun). And this March brings someone and an event that we’ve all been patiently waiting for and eagerly anticipating, the arrival and licensing of the Reverend John Barron. I’m sure we shall all give John and his family the warmest of welcomes and we hope you will join us at his licensing on March 17th at 3pm, also to the reception afterwards in the Kepier Hall.

As I reflect on the vacancy, I sometimes think it has been an eternity since Rector Sue departed for higher office in June, but it had also flashed past. To some extent we have been on automatic pilot following all the events that would normally have happened had Sue been with us: Harvest, the Patronal, Houghton Feast market and Civic Service, Remembrance Sunday, Advent Carol service, all the school, nursery & Toddler carol services, the Christmas Fair, Christmas Carol service and Christmas services, we have also maintained our links with the primary schools who came for their Transition services, visits and have received our Open the Book teams.

To have achieved all this is thanks to the support of Rev Judith Howes, our Readers Anne, Ros and Sue, George Peebles, our wardens John and Simon and deputy wardens Alastair, Rita and Thelma, the Next 900 Team and the many other teams who make up the life of St Michael’s. Also of course, thanks to all of you who have continued with your support of St Michael & All Angels.

I look forward to working with Rev;d John, but I will soon be meeting another deadline; my retirement. I hope to be retiring as Associate Minister on April 28th after which Maurice and I shall be nomadic, spending much of the summer in Scotland and Yorkshire in our campervan, hoping to enjoy as much cycling as the weather will permit. This date has yet to be confirmed by Bishop Paul, so more about this in April!

Rev Margaret Lee