Letter from Sandy Emery, Associate Priest

Sandy EmeryBy the time you read this letter I do hope that we will be having sunny days to enable us to enjoy our gardens and walking on the common. We have had a long cold snowy winter so it is wonderful to have better weather to look forward to so we can enjoy the surrounding countryside we are fortunate to have. 

When May arrives, I think of Minchinhamp-ton getting back to normal with the cows on the Common holding up the traffic as usual and amusing us as the Highlanders wander through the High Street displaying their fine horns! 

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, once again the village of Amberley and the surrounding common will see the first stampede of cows as the Amberley Parochial School Cow Hunt returns. Heaven knows what the real cows would think if they returned earlier than this. Please do come along and support this event and see how many cows you can count. 

At the Parish Church, Minchinhampton, we have had a really busy disruptive time and I am really grateful that the 1st Phase of the work is over and we too can get back to normal. Firstly, I wish to thank all who came to our Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to mark the reordering of the Parish Church. We are grateful to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, our Patron; she has been supportive and interested throughout. 

Secondly, we are very grateful to Bishop Rachel who led the service and to the Minchinhampton community, friends and neighbours who have supported the works to the Church, by making donations, fundraising and providing practical advice and help and who came to the service to join in the wonderful celebration. 

Minchinhampton Parish Church is having an Open Day on Saturday 12th May 10am – 4pm. Please come along and help us celebrate our newly re-ordered church and see what it is like, especially if you were unable to attend the dedication service. There will be refreshments available all day as well as many events taking place – see the back page of the magazine. We want everyone to see what the life of our church entails and to join in the celebration of God’s love. 

News relating to our Vacancy. I am pleased to say that the PCC (Parochial Church Council) Minchinhampton and ACC (Amberley Church Council) met with The Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester to discuss the way forward and the producing of a Benefice Parish Profile to enable the process to commence in seeking a new Rector. This process usually takes time but it is hoped that we may have a new Rector either before or after Christmas. We will endeavour to keep the Church congregations and Communities informed. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we journey together through this period of discernment and pray that God will send us the right person to become our new Rector. 

With love and best wishes