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Retiring as Curate

4, East Grove, Barton.

Dear Friends,
First I want to thank you all for your prayers and good wishes and the many notes and cards I received whilst in hospital. It is always very supportive to know that one isnrt alone and that people are caring.
Secondly I much regret to announce that I shall be retiring from the Assistant Curacy of St. Mary's as from the end of September. I shall then have been your curate for five years.
That doesn't mean that I intend to disappear. I am hoping and expecting the Bishop to grant me "Permission to Officiate" which means that I shall still take services from time to time.
I am regretfully forced into this position because of my health. I can no longer commit myself at any length in advance to taking services. It seems I am suffering from two completely different diseases, both of which can be painful at times, for which there is no care and little palliative.
Please feel, however, although I shall not be any longer "on the staff', to call upon me if I can be of help.
Yours in the Love of Christ

Douglas Ross

It was with sadness that the P.C.C. heard that Doug felt it necessary for him to retire from the position as our Curate here at St. Mary's from the end of September owing to ill health.
However we are very pleased that Doug will still be able to help out and we hope that he will be celebrating at the 8 am Eucharist on Sunday morning fairly regularly. He will also be available to help in the Deanery but not on such a regular basis, with its definite and ongoing commitment, however he was feeling, healthwise.
So that we can mark our appreciation for all Doug has done in the five years that he has been Assistant Curate at St. Mary's following his career as teacher and headmaster, often working a full time week although non stipendiary, there will be a Sung Eucharist on St. Michael and All Angels Day at 7.30 pm which we hope Doug will be well enough to celebrate. Following the service there will be a presentation to Doug and the Churchwardens will be pleased to receive your gifts.
E. H.

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Three Distinguished Visitors to St. Mary's

This month sees the visit of our Bishop, Simon, to St. Mary's, when he preaches and presides at the Sung Eucharist to celebrate St. Mary's Day, on Tuesday, September 8 at 7.20 pm. After the service there will be refreshments in the Hall and this will give everyone a good opportunity to meet the Bishop. This service is a must and every member of St. Mary's who can possibly come should be there.
An equally distinguished visitor to St. Mary's, although he is not a Bishop, will be the Rev. Rodney Owen, our own Minister of Trinity Methodist Church here in Barton, and Superintendent Minister for the Circuit. Rodney is an old friend and we welcome him as the preacher at the Harvest Festival Family Communion Service on Sunday September 27 at 9.20 am. The third visitor to St. Mary's came the other month, informally and unannounced. He was a Bishop from Kenya, and came in the company of some nuns to look round the church. Fortunately, some of our members who happened to be in church were able to welcome him.


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