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RE-OPENING ST MARY’S

We re-opened fully for services from Sunday 25 April.

Service times are 8 and 10.30am on Sundays, 11am on Thursdays.

 

Junior Church and Youth Group

We will not restart Junior Church and Youth Group until September.  The 10.30am service will be kept short and sweet and suitable for all ages, as best we can.

 

All Saints 

We are not as yet re-opening All Saints.  We encourage those of you who normally attend there to join with the services at St Mary's for the time being.

 

Online

10 Minute Prayers can usually be found on Facebook  at 12 noon Monday to Wednesday.

www.facebook.com/stmaryacton

 

Rector's Retirement

Dear friends,

As summer moves towards Autumn, I hope you have managed some rest and refreshment and are as ready as you can be for the new season ahead.

For me, this season will bring significant change as I have decided to retire from stipendiary ministry in the Church of England and will therefore be leaving my post as Rector of Acton on 6 December this year.

Obviously, this has not been an easy decision to make. My intention had been to retire at 65 so this is a couple of years early. Having led the parish through much of the pandemic period, I had hoped to be with you for the recovery. However, as you know, I have already been on sick leave for some time now. Though I very much hope to return to be with you before I go, sadly, as with very many others, the pandemic has exacerbated my existing health conditions. I have been diagnosed with 'burn out' and need to give my attention to recovering fully whilst making way for a new Rector, in good health and with enough energy, to lead the parish through the next season which will be both challenging and rich with opportunity.

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers, and to those who have sent messages of love and support together with cards and small gifts.  This means a huge amount at a time like this.  I am sorry that I have not always been in a position to express my gratitude at the time.

It has been a joy and privilege to live and serve in this parish for the last six years. Janice and I have been delighted with our move to London. On retirement, we will be moving to Pinner and she will be continuing her important work as Senior Lecturer at London Southbank University. I have many interests I want to pursue and will retain Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of London. At some point, I plan to carry on in the workplace in a part-time capacity.

There will be time in the days ahead for giving thanks and saying goodbye. As soon as there is more clarity about this, I will be in touch again. In the meantime, I assure you of my continuing prayers and invite you to please pray for me too.

With love in Christ,

Nick

The Rev'd Nick Jones ObSB, MA, PGCE, PG Cert Restorative Practice

Rector of Acton

 

The Revd. Dean Ayres (Associate Rector) 07498 206315 / 020 8992 9384
dean.m.ayres@outlook.com


The Revd. Mary Spredbury (Curate) 020 8995 8879
spredbury@btinternet.com


Parish office: 07485 933193 stmary.acton@outlook.com

www.stmaryacton.org.uk

www.facebook.com/stmaryacton

 


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