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Dear Friends


I am writing this letter on 18 November the 16th anniversary of my licensing at All Saints, Viney Hill to the new United Benefice of Parkend and Viney Hill.  The following week, 25th November we had a joint  celebration of Holy Communion at St Paul’s, Parkend. Both services were very well attended and Jeremy and I had our first introduction to members of the local church members and community members. The following week we began our regular pattern of morning worship starting at 9.00 am at St Paul’s and then a quick drive to be ready for the 10.30 am at All Saints’


Sixteen years later, almost to the same dates Jeremy and I are saying ‘farewell’. Over that period we have become the Parish of Parkend and Viney Hill (2008) with one PCC and we have only one morning service
10.00 am, alternating between the two churches (2010). The one service that depends each year’s pattern is Easter which we make sure also alternate’s this year. That’s why occasionally we have to have
 a ‘Double Sunday’ as you have to have at the end of this year and the beginning of next at All Saints’.


Also over the last sixteen years we have shared so much together. There are far too many to mention,
for they include joys and sorrows, celebrations and challenges and many changes. Being part of the church communities and large number of local communities in the parish has been a great privilege for us both. I
t has been a particular joy to have been a regular visitor to our five local schools and to see Open the Book become a special part of our sharing. It has also been a great joy to work ecumenically under
‘Christians Together’ with
Parkend Baptist Church, Pillowell Methodist Church and Christians living in the parish but worshipping elsewhere. Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre has also been a huge part of my life and ministry here.


you in a special place of having a good and thriving Church worshipping in two well maintained and visited churches. We pray that you will continue to thrive and grow,  supporting each other and working together to continue to be Christ’s light, his body in this place.


In the familiar words of St Paul, ‘May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all’.


Philippa and Jeremy