The year that is drawing to its close has been an important one in the life of the Church. The appointment of a new Minister always entails risk. I thank you for your confidence and your trust. I appreciate what a privilege it is to serve this community and I promise to always do so to the best of my ability. It is a joy to play a part in the life of the Congregation.
It has been a very busy year of Services in the Church. The Church continues to be popular for Weddings, we are doing an increasing number of Baptisms, Funerals and Memorial Services. We welcomed ten new members to the Church this year. Our Church is a place of welcome for people of all faiths and none.
The year has ended on a positive note particularly with the inauguration of the wheelchair lift. The lift is a confirmation of our stated aim to be open and to welcome everyone. The Vestry and stairwells have been painted and the Church building looks really well. The heating system has been restored to working order. The completion of these major works frees us to concentrate on the next work of Restoration – the Organ. It is evident that the work of restoring the organ is becoming a matter of urgency.
In 2013 we will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Church on St. Stephen’s Green. There will be quite a few events to mark the Anniversary. Details of these will be finalised and published early in the New Year.
All this positive news is the result of a lot of hard work by a great number of individuals. The Management Committee, various sub committees, a great number of individuals contribute quietly and efficiently to the smooth running of Church life. They work throughout the year without fail; but without them we would not continue to flourish. To each an every one I say THANK YOU for your contribution.
Christmas will be generous to you and I wish you a Happy New Year.