From the Churchwardens

  1. Farewell to Heinz and Margery The last 10am service that Heinz will conduct as Vicar at St Paul’s will be on January 28th 2018, our Patronal Festival (the Sunday when we celebrate the Feast of St Paul). Afterwards there will be a party to say farewell to Heinz and Margery and to thank them for 19 years of service to St Paul’s. Details later but please keep the date.
  2. Arrangements for the Interregnum It is likely to be at least 9 months before we have a new vicar in place. During the interregnum period we are committed to continuing the pattern of 10am services as at present so are getting in place a programme of visiting preachers. Nicky will be away until after Easter but will then as now be available on two Sundays each month. Other colleagues from the deanery have agreed to support us. We are unlikely to be able to continue weekday services or the 8am Sunday service, but are hoping to have the occasional evensong. We have also decided to appoint a part-time Parish Administrator especially to help co-ordinate activity during the interregnum (see advert).
  3. Parish Profile As part of the process of recruiting a new vicar, we have to produce a Parish Profile describing distinctive features of St Paul’s and explaining how we see the church developing in the future. To enable everyone to contribute to this we will be circulating a questionnaire during September and October, and are organising an open consultation meeting with small discussion groups on Sunday October 8th at 11.30. Please note the date as we would like to have a healthy attendance.
  4. Vicarage The Archdeacon of Wandsworth, John Kiddle, together with the Diocesan secretary, Ruth Martin, have been to look round the Vicarage. They recognised its impracticability as a family residence, at least in its current condition, and seemed sympathetic to our desires not to lose use of the garden and to use the building for some worthwhile purpose. The PCC will be meeting with the Archdeacon about the appointment process and interregnum support on September 20th, and will ask about further progress then. We will try to keep everyone informed about what is happening. Please ask us if you have any concerns or suggestions.

Bob Essert and Margaret Brown (Church Wardens)