A message from the worship team

Looking forward

It has been said that one of the most important things in life, is to have something to look forward to, be it hours, weeks, months or even years ahead. In the current circumstances we are all looking forward to the end of the restrictions caused by Covid-19, so that we can get back to normal, whatever that may be!

In our Three Parishes we have much to look forward to: firstly, we are delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Lee Mullen to the post of Rector of the Benefice of Creech St. Michael and Ruishton with Thornfalcon. This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance. Lee is currently Vicar of the Parish of St. Saviour’s, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex. It has been arranged for Bishop Ruth to license Lee on Wednesday June 9th @ 7.00 pm.

We hold Lee and his wife, Donna-Marie, and our parishes in our prayers at this time of transition. Lee says: “I very much look forward to joining you in June this year as your new Rector. My wife and I are looking forward to getting to know you all, as we journey together in this next exciting chapter in the life and worship of the Benefice of Creech St. Michael and Ruishton with Thornfalcon”

When the announcement was made before the Zoom Service on Sunday 10th January, we were able to thank all who had been involved in this appointment. We would also wish to thank Archdeacon Simon for his guidance, and his assistant, Julie, for her detailed work. The appointment was unanimous!

The temptation is now to breathe a huge sigh of collective relief and hand everything over to Lee, however we can resist this temptation. Personally, I believe we have come closer together during Covid, and we look forward to building on our unity as we welcome Lee, who will bring his gifts, his experience and his personality. Building on the achievements of Rebecca, we look forward to working with Lee in a new, exciting partnership. We must be patient; June 9th will be here before we know it!

The second thing we have to look forward to is working in partnership with Donna (two Donna Maries for the price of one!) following her licensing as Reader. Although it was a pity that we couldn’t join in the Cathedral Service, Zoom did mean that Rebecca and Julia were able to join us, and it was lovely to see them! Congratulations Donna, you are in our prayers as you begin your new ministry.

Thirdly we look forward to meeting in person when we can resume worship in our Three Parishes.

Psalm 31. v15 says “My times are in your hands, O Lord”. Let us take these words with us and look forward to an exciting future guided by God’s grace so generously given in Christ.

Paul Harper