Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Sunday 28th July 2019

Dear friends

A very warm welcome to this service from all of us in the Langtree Team. May the Lord bless you and keep you always in His Love.

Revd Claire to be the next Vicar of St John the Evangelist and St Stephen, Reading !
Revd Claire Alcock
Revd Claire Alcock

I am delighted to tell you all that Revd Claire Alcock has been appointed as the next Vicar of the Parish of St John and St Stephen, in Reading. Claire joined the Langtree Team as curate in 2010, and completed her training in 2013. Since then she has served in Whitchurch and around the whole Team as part time house for duty associate priest. She and Chris have contributed hugely to the development of the mission and ministry in Whitchurch and we will miss them both enormously. However it is the right time for Claire to move to a full time incumbency post, and the opportunity offered by the Reading appointment was too good to miss.

Claire and Chris will be moving out towards the end of the school holidays, and Claire will commute back into the Team for her final fortnight of ministry with us. Her last Sunday services will be on Sept 15th. Bishop-elect Olivia of Reading has yet to announce a date for Claire’s licensing, but we expect that to be around the end of September or beginning of October.

Of course this does mean that, with Alan’s retirement on 25th August, the autumn period in the Team ministry may well be a little interesting, as the rest of the staff team do what we can to cover services and other ministry needs in the vacancies. However I am confident that, with help and understanding from all quarters we will be able to rise to the challenge.

There will be further notices in due course about Claire’s leaving, and opportunities to say farewell.

Come and greet Bishop Colin next Sunday !

Finally, please do come along to greet Bishop Colin at St Mary’s Ipsden, next Sunday, 4th August, at 6.30pm, as he joins us to commission and bless the refurbished bells and organ. This is an open service, and all are very welcome.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.

Your Rector                                            Kevin Davies

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