Latest Rector’s Letter

From the Churchwarden.

Dear Parish Residents,
On Sunday 21st July we said farewell to our beloved rector Jeff Cuttell, who has gone to be Chaplain at Werrington Young Offenders Unit. We will sorely miss him and his unique style of ministry but he will be a tremendous asset to Werrington and perhaps be able to bring some comfort and insight to the young residents.
We are seeking a new rector for ourselves and Smallwood and have decided to advertise nationally as there are already over a dozen vacancies in our diocese.
If you want Astbury church to be there still when you need it, for family baptisms, weddings and funerals, please show your support now.
We will endeavour to keep the services going at 8.00 am, 11.00 am and 6.30 pm as previously, and you will receive a warm welcome should you decide to visit us. Tea, coffee and cake are served after the 11.00 am service, providing an opportunity to get to know your neighbours.
Children are welcome at this service where we set aside a play area if they need it. Tell everyone you know that we are seeking a brilliant new rector, male
or female, you may just chance upon a vicar looking for pastures new. Our historic, beautiful, landmark church needs no flowery description
and we also have a brand new house, just purchased, for the new incumbent.
We are confident that there is someone special out there just waiting for the call, so please pray that our church and community continue to prosper.

St George Foundation. Whilst this country has been coping with heavy rainfall, flooding and the possible danger of dam collapse, Freetown in Sierra Leone is also in crisis due to floods and mudslides again. It is estimated that over 800 children are presently affected and in need of shelter, food and clothing.
The orphanage run by St George Foundation has been asked by the Sierra Leone government to help with the emergency by taking in 100 of these children for interim care, working with them to rebuild their lives and reunite them with their families and community. The estimated cost of £50 per child provides unbelievably more in goods and care than we could ever imagine but it does mean that SGF urgently have to find £5,000.
At the mid-morning service on the 11th, we decided to support this humanitarian disaster and £210.95 was donated as we drank our coffee and ate our cake. A further £106.50 was donated on the 18th towards the appeal, which was then increased by a very generous, anonymous cheque for £350.This brings the total (already forwarded to SGF to £668.45 which will support at least thirteen of these children.
Philip Dean passes on his grateful thanks from everyone at SGF and assures us it will be allocated towards the emergency fund. If there should be anyone else moved by the plight of these children, we can continue to send further funds in the coming weeks. Please contact Brenda or Rachel or Sally if you would like to help.

Thank you.
Brenda Cook.