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St Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone

St Luke's Chiddingstone Causeway

Interregnum at St.Mary's and St.Luke's

The way forward

The advertisement has now been included for two separate weeks in the Church Times and a copy is displayed at the back of both churches. Short-listing of applicants will take place as planned between 7th – 22nd May and interviews on 13th June.

The churchwardens are currently in dialogue with the Diocese regarding the meeting sought with the Bishop. Meanwhile, Paul has attended two ‘away-day’ discussion groups with the other rural parishes (Tonbridge Deanery) concerning future re-organisation, which we will also raise during our meeting with the Bishop.

Services

We have welcomed more visiting clergy recently and will continue to do so through May and June. Their differing and lively personalities and thoughtful words are greatly appreciated, as is the time-consuming work by Chris Bell to provide their presence.

PCC AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the combined St Mary's and St Luke's PCC has been held (Sunday 22nd April). Key points will be included in the June edition of the village magazine.

Rectory – Garden working-party

A big thank-you to those who worked so hard on Saturday 15 April to tidy the front garden and driveway, and to Simon for mowing the rear garden the following day. A number of ladies have kindly offered to drop in from time to time to weed, prune and generally maintain the beds in the rear garden – previously cared for so expertly by Ruth. Thank you for doing so. Arrangements will be made for fortnightly mowing.

Reminders

Any wedding matters should continue to be addressed to our hard-working wedding co-ordinator, Sue Coleman (01892 870435).

Any pastoral matters should be addressed to the Pastoral Assistant, Carol Benton (01892 870483).

Any Christenings or other matters relating to St Mary's or St Luke's should go to the relevant churchwardens please (contact numbers in our local directory).