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The Second Fromeside Parish Partnership Service

By Andrew Brander

On the lovely evening of Tuesday 14th October a vast crowd gathered at St Saviour's Church to witness the formation of the Fromeside Parish Partnership. It was lovely to see so many people there, including the Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, parish councilors, several head teachers, many priests from the local deanery and from other churches in the area, other local dignitaries and of course parishoners from all 4 churches. The choir was made up from members of all four churches and were so many in number that they could only just fit in the Chancel. In total we must have had about 150 people. The four churches in this exciting partnership are:

Entrance Procession - copyright Derek Simmons
Entrance Procession
Entrance Procession - copyright Derek Simmons
Entrance Procession

The service was led by The Rt Rev. Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, with The Ven. Alan Hawker, Archdeacon of Malmesbury preaching.

On arrival at the church everyone was handed a piece of paper on which to wrote their hopes and fears for the partnership. These were later collected and taken to the Bishop for blessing.

Licensing - copyright Derek Simmons
Licensing - copyright Derek Simmons
Sermon - copyright Andrew Brander

The licences of the four priests were extended to cover the four participating parishes and the licences of two Lay Ministers were extended allowing them similarly to serve at any of the four churches within the Partnership. An object symbolic of each church was taken up and presented at the altar - a cross for St Saviour's, a key for another and a photo.

  • Rev. Martin Clacker (Associate Vicars)
  • Rev. Colin Lunt (Associate Vicars)
  • Rev. Malcom Strange (Associate Priests)
  • Rev. Jane Tailby (Associate Priests)
  • Mr Howard Smith (Licensed Lay Minister)
  • Mr Mike Swain (Licensed Lay Minister)
  • Ms Jackie Sherlock (licensed to St Michael's)
  • Mr Frank Smith (licensed to St Michael's)

The service was followed by a social gathering with tea or coffee and a lovely chance to chat to other parishoners from the new Partnership Churches. It was great to see so many people there.

Our new administrator, Debbie Woolley, has now been appointed and is working 3 mornings a week 9:30-12:30 (phone coverage provided for the other 2 mornings by St Michael's Parish admistrator). Debbie should be our first point of contact for bookings of Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. It is now down to all of us to make sure that the partnership works smoothly. [Note: Debbie has now left; see the contacts page for more information]

Departure - copyright Derek Simmons
Departure - copyright Derek Simmons

All photos copyright ©2008 Derek Simmons & Andrew Brander
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