Connections & Communications – Dec 2012/Jan 2013

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Connections & Communications – Dec 2012/Jan 2013

  • Café Style Church:  The Church Council has decided to trial a new type of Service starting from March next year. This will take place at 9-30 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month and is an evolution of the current  Rise & Shine Services which have been held successfully over this year. It will replace both the current 8-30a.m. Rise and Shine Service and the Standard 10-00 a.m. Service. The intention is for all ages to meet at 9-30a.m. for a light breakfast and following Worship, seated round tables in a Café style setting. The “Rise & Shine” gathering will have morphed into an all ages group with a starting time hopefully more acceptable to all, ages. Let us give it a fair go in trial as part of our “smorgsboard” of regular Service types.


  • CWS Christmas Appeal: Once again the Church Council encourages you to support the Christian Word Service Christmas Appeal as part of our Mission. More information will be posted on the notice board, and details and envelopes will be made available to you during December.


  • Iona Property Trust. As those at the Annual General Meeting will know, The Trustees who administer the Iona Retirement Village on behalf of St Aidans Congregation, are elected each year for a three year term. New Trustees elected at the AGM in September were Mary Boyd and Annette Hay.   Sadly, for health reasons, Ralph Penning, who has served several terms as trustee, has tendered his resignation, which the Trust has accepted with much regret. The current Trustee contingent comprises, Colin Reid, Chairman, John Chambers, Deputy Chairman, Jocelyn Williams, Bruce Hay, Mary Boyd and Annette Hay.


  • Alf’s Study Leave: As earlier reported,- part of a Minister’s employment package includes an allowance for Study Leave at the rate of a little over a day a month of employment tenure.  Alf will take study leave from 13th January 2013 and will head for the U.K. for that purpose. He will combine the Study Leave entitlement with a short period of Annual Leave to enable him to also visit relations while in England, and he also hopes to pay a short visit to the Hansens at their “Chateau” in France.  Alf will return to our pulpit by the second Sunday in March when we expect him to be fully refreshed, enlightened, and bubbling with enthusiasm and ideas. Good wishes and God’s Speed Alf.  We all wish you well.