Celebration weekend 18th/19th July

Over the weekend 18th/19th July there was an air of celebration around St Laurence Church in Measham as we celebrated and gave thanks for the many years of ministry given by all who answer the call to follow Jesus Christ, those ordained and those who are not.

On the Saturday the Woodfield Team celebrated the many years of ministry of some of our own ministry team. Our Team Rector Vivien Elphick was celebrating 25 years since ordination, Brenda Campbell 21 years and Stella Polashek  20 years. During the afternoon there was time to chat, look at old photographs and enjoy numerous cups of tea and large quantities of scrumptious cake. Much laughter could be heard s people enjoyed the chance to get together.

We were invited to write down questions to ask of our three clergy who were celebrating. Here is a selection of the questions: ‘Did you co-ordinate your outfits?’ (They were all dressed in various shades of green.)

What’s your favourite non-biblical book?

What funny stories can you remember relating to baptisms, weddings or funerals?

What’s your saddest experience in ministry?

What has brought you most joy in your ministry?

Did you ever have doubts about ordination and would you do it again?

The answers brought amusement and laughter, but they were answered with honesty, integrity and from the heart.


The celebration continued on Sunday in St Laurence Church with a special service of Holy Communion at 6pm, with David Newman, our Archdeacon preaching. This service was open to the whole Deanery as we celebrated everyone’s ministry. It was a joyous service of celebration, thanks and praise to God who continues to call, equip and use each of us in proclaiming the Good News to those around us.

The service concluded with refreshments, where once again large quantities of tea were drank and cake eaten!

An excellent weekend of celebrating!






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