Our vision here is to make God’s love known, to be kingdom-builders in this place.
We cannot separate worship, theology, pastoral and social concern and practical issues. They come as a package and each is vitally important. And our vision is incomplete until we turn our talking into action.
The new welcome area at the back of the church with restored font in its new position.
I would ask you to think and pray for the church in our villages. We have to balance the fact that we are the living Body of Christ, with the fact that we worship in three beautiful old buildings, which are also part of our heritage. This does not mean that we stand still! I believe God has exciting plans for His Church in this place.
The Christian life is a call to love, and to loving service. We cannot separate worship, theology, pastoral and social concern and practical issues. They come as a package and each is vitally important. And our vision is incomplete until we turn our talking into action.
Our PCCs in both Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge have talked and considered much. We know that we have to be consistent in order to grow, and out of this has come the current service pattern. At Sixpenny Handley we have all three styles of worship - traditional worship, with robes and choir; Informal, with a music group and children’s group; and a gentle evensong. At Pentridge and Gussage St Andrew we have traditional Book of Common Prayer. We worship in different ways, but we are one congregation. This is a big commitment for our small churches, and I believe it is showing growth.
Our presence would not be possible without the very hard work of our worship leaders, musicians, readers, sides-people, coffee-makers, cleaners and churchyard workers. Thank you!
We are constantly looking at how we can serve our community better. Our Teddy Bear Drop-in, for pre-school children and their carers during term time, has been a recent development in this area. We all enjoy the excitement and energy of Thursday mornings!
We are continuously looking at how we can improve the environment of our churches, but at no stage does any of this work affect our outward giving and concern for our neighbours and the world.
At St Mary’s, Sixpenny Handley, a lot of work has been done to make it a comfortable, adaptable holy space. In 2014 the new sound and vision system was installed, which means we can show films and project words to a very high quality, and we are enjoying the creative opportunities this gives us. At Gussage St Andrew the electrical system has been renewed, the lighting improved and conservation work on the medieval paintings carried out. We are looking at ways we can use this beautiful little chapel, with so much history and prayer soaked into its walls, as a resource for its community. And at St Rumbold’s, Pentridge we are quietly getting on with worshipping God – in a traditional way and traditional language, yes, but with real depth and insight.
Both our churchyards have won awards for their management to help the local environment, as well as providing peaceful havens for visitors. If you would like to find out about and contribute to any of our exciting projects, please talk to us!
We are constantly looking for ways we can help those around us, care for those who belong to us, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Mel Durrant, April 2015