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News from the Vicarage - September 2015

Dear Friends,

I hope that you have had a good summer, though the weather has not been that brilliant. And I also hope that those who have had their GCSE & A Level exam results have got what they hoped for.

I am now preparing to go off to the Ecumenical Community of Taize in France, which I am very much looking forward to. Ann Harris and Rebecca Gilman are accompanying me and I hope it will be an amazing experience for all us all. Expect more Taize style prayer and music when I get back!

During August we had the Teddy Bear Zip Wire challenge when Teddies were sent hurtling down from the tower on a zip wire while we had a picnic in the churchyard. Jeremy Stretton and William Parker had their own Zip Wire challenge in North Wales raising money for church funds which they successfully completed.

We now have permission to improve the path to the War Memorial which the Town Council and British Legion are executing to give better disabled access.

Our Patronal Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary (our church's birthday) will be on Tuesday 8th Sept 7.30pm Sung Eucharist followed by refreshments afterwards. Please do come!

During the Ellesmere Festival the church will be open all weekend and on Saturday 12th Sept the tower will be open for tours from 2pm with refreshments being served in church.

I am off on a short pilgrimage to S. David's South Wales with William Parker (sacristan) and Anthony Dowlen (organist) 23-25 September. I have been persuaded to go since I first came to Ellesmere!

Starting on 23rd Sept for 10 weeks we are having the Living Faith Course (Bishop's Certificate) 7.30pm in S. John's Room for the Deanery led by myself and Simon Airey. Anyone wishing to be confirmed can join this course (Deanery Confirmation 11am 6th December), as well as those wishing to brush up or explore their faith more. Please let me know!

Looking more into the future, the Harvest Supper is on Friday 2nd October in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets will soon be available from Ann Harris and will be £10 for a very fine three course meal.

On October 4th 10.15am is our Harvest Festival, 11th Oct will be a Civic Service for our new Mayor during our Parish Eucharist, and on 18th Oct will be a Pet Service.

My prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar