A Reflection as We Enter This Vacancy

During this period of change when we are all looking forward to the process of discernment for choosing our new vicar I have also been looking back to see where we were 19 years ago and what changes have been made.

When David had his first meeting with the then Archdeacon two things were mentioned.  The first was likelihood that St John’s would be closed and the second was the possibility that the Sunnyside Vicarage would be sold off!  The Archdeacon retired shortly after that meeting.

Flower Festival, Art Exhibition and Jazz Concert - 7th & 8th June 2014

 

- PRESS RELEASE –

St John’s Church in Bourne End puts on a Flower Festival, Art Exhibition and Jazz Concert on June 7th and 8th 2014

 

To raise funds for the upkeep of the beautiful St John’s Church, the parishioners  look forward to welcoming visitors for this gala weekend.

 

 

May 23rd  2014

 

Ascension Day Balloon is Found!

We celebrated Ascension Day on Sunday May 16th this year.   The Caravanners launched a beautiful red balloon as a reminder of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven.

Last week someone walking their dog about 56 miles away near Chelmsford in Kent, found our balloon in a pea field! 

Brass Band Concert by Hemel Hempstead Band

 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD BAND

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St John’s  Bourne End

 

Coffee and Cakes at St John's, Bourne End

Started in January 2009 there is a coffee morning at the church on the Final Friday of every month between 10 am and noon.  Tea and coffee and delicious homemade cakes will be served.  The St John's pastoral care Team decided to establish this event after the success of our pre-Christmas Coffee morning in November...

 

 

Second Sunday@Six

Following the positive response from villagers to an evening service at the church on Remembrance Day in November, the PCC have enthusiastically embraced plans for beginning a new series of services at 6.00pm in the New Year. They will happen, as the name suggests, on the second Sunday of the month starting in February (see dates below). The 10.30am services will continue every week as usual but it is clear that many people would value the opportunity that a regular evening service would bring. It has many advantages:-

NEW VICAR

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Rev. Rebecca Fardell has been appointed as the new Vicar for Sunnyside and Bourne End Churches. We all felt at interview that Rebecca is exactly the right person to fulfil the role set out in our parish profiles and that God has sent her to us to lead us forward both as a church and as individuals in our Christian journeys. We believe she will nurture, encourage, challenge and inspire us all. When offered the post, she was delighted and accepted immediately.  We look forward to welcoming her into our two church families.

 A message from our new Vicar – Rev Rebecca Fardell

  'I am currently the assistant curate of the Itchen Valley Parish, four villages east of Winchester. Before ordination, I was a teacher and museum curator; history and museums remain passions of mine. I am the devoted aunt of two beautiful nieces and three gorgeous godchildren (aged 16 years - 4 months) who all bring me much joy.

 I am excited about what God will do in us, through us and for us at Sunnyside and Bourne End and am thanking Him for the privilege and joy of coming to serve as your new vicar.'

 Please continue to pray for Rebecca as she prepares to join us in May and for the churches she will be leaving. Her service of Institution will be on Wednesday May 17th at Sunnyside.

 

We are here every Sunday at 10:30* - Why not join us!

* And every Second Sunday at 6:00pm! And every 2nd Wednesday for our Pot Luck Lunch!

And the last Friday of each month for Coffee & Cakes!