Andrew talks about ‘bucking the trend’ on BBC Radio Wiltshire

This morning Andrew had a short interview on BBC Radio Wiltshire. It was about how St Katharine’s is going against the tide as the Church of England announces that national attendance has dropped below 1 million for the first time.

If you would like to have a listen, click on the following link and skip to 1:23:50 (this is the point in the show that you can hear the interview).

Andrew Desmond – Licensed Lay Minister

On 18th November Andrew suffered a major stroke, and sadly he never regained consciousness. He died on 25th November. He may not have been conscious for the last week of his life, but to the many people who ar-rived at his bedside, he was still ministering, bringing healing and reconciliation. He had been part of the St K congregation for a while and had been serving in the Benefice since his licensing last November. His amazing gift of photography is evident in this year’s Christmas leaflet and on our new website. We’ll miss his gracious manner, his passionate faith, his willingness to serve, and his ability to communicate the gospel.

His funeral is due to take place at St Katharine’s on Tuesday 8th December at 12.30

Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to His family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.He was a man who carried in very great blessing and will be sorely missed.

Ruth Mecredy, licence to…

On 17th November at Winsley Ruth Mecredy was miraculously transformed from a curate into an Associate Priest and licensed to serve in our Benefice. Well done, Ruth.

Bishop Edward took the service.

Ruth received her vocation in our Benefice and always thought this was where God had called her to serve. Will you be the one to follow her? We have two other people in Benefice exploring vocation at present, one for stipendiary priest and one as LLM.

Who wants to be confirmed?

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. If you were Christened as an infant your parents and godparents made promises for you; now you make the Baptismal commitment of faith for yourself.

We have a Confirmation Service in the Deanery on 17th April 2016. In the New Year we are offering Confirmation Classes leading up to that date. This is aimed at youngsters, but I am also interested in hearing from any adult who would like to be Con-firmed and I will arrange a separate programme for adults.