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We returned to our reordered Chapel on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and noticed at once the quality of the light and sound. We will take some time experiencing the new conditions, making adjustments to the furniture and to the ways in which we use the space. We were able to appreciate its flexibility when we held our Carol Service for local friends and neighbours at the beginning of January.
Sue, our Postulant, attended an Internovitiate Study Conference hosted by the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. The subject was ‘Office and Eucharist’, part of the two-year rolling programme shared by the Anglican communities
We were glad to welcome for a short visit three members of the Community of St Anselm founded by Archbishop Justin Welby and based at Lambeth Palace. Balqis, Cathrine and Skyler took part in every aspect of our life, and we especially valued their contributions to our shared lectio divina and their prayerfulness.
The knitting being done in this picture (with wool donated by a member of staff) contributed to a blanket of squares which we have given to a local Big Issue seller.
In January Sister Margaret Theresa was one of a group of religious attending a ‘Growing Vocations’ conference organised by Ministry Division of the Church of England for Diocesan Directors of Ordinands and vocations advisors. Often ‘vocation’ is seen as the calling to ordained ministry, but every Christian has gifts and callings which deserve to be recognised and fostered. As one of the speakers said “Ultimately vocation is not about doing jobs but giving yourself to God, so together, we can more fully become the body of Christ.”
We were sad to hear of the death of Father Richard Buck who was our Warden 1995-2000. He was a wise guide to several communities and to individuals as a spiritual director. He also worked with the Association for Promoting Retreats (now the Retreat Association), a movement through which he helped many people who never knew him personally. Sister Helen and Father David Barton (who succeeded him as our Warden) attended his funeral in Brighton.
In March we welcomed a group of students from the CMS (Church Mission Society) Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Course. Alison spent a week living alongside us as part of her training as a Licensed Lay Minister (Lay Reader), and our neighbour Father Hugh Wybrew came one afternoon to tell us about his recent visit to the Palestinian Territories. Later in the month we said a very grateful goodbye to Sally who has retired after seventeen years as a part-time carer in St Raphael’s: there can scarcely be a sister in the community who has not benefitted from her kindness and skill.
A year ago we reported on our tadpoles: for the first time we had no frogspawn and needed to ‘import’ some. The tadpoles spent a very long time in the safety of a bucket, and we weren’t sure whether they had survived the transition to the fish pond—so we were very pleased to see evidence that some of them had!