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Priest in Charge Revd. Julie Coleman

 

 The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308

email Julie: jvcoleman@btinternet.com

 

Please telephone Julie for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns or

for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss.

 

 

Letter from the Vicarage October 2014

Dear Friends,

It is a great joy to be writing my first letter from the Vicarage for The Romney Benefice. We are now settling into our new home: rather than boxes everywhere, there are various piles of books, toys, plates etc. waiting to be found a home. The computer is up and running and, having wrestled the controls for Flight Simulator from the grandchildren, I have been able to put my fingers on the keys, type this letter and email it to parish magazines just before the ‘Editor’s Deadline’ for copy!

As we prepare to begin our journey together, as priest and people, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard during the Vacancy – our clergy, Churchwardens and all the others who have led services; but the whole host of people who have not only "kept things going" but have continued to bring vision and action to the Church’s ministry in the benefice.

I am really grateful that I have been made to feel so welcome since I arrived in my new post as Priest in Charge of the Romney Benefice. My licensing service in September at St Nicholas Church in New Romney was a very special occasion and one that I will remember very fondly. It was especially touching, as part of the service, was to be formally welcomed by individuals on behalf of groups and organisations from the local communities.

Now a new chapter in the life of the benefice is about to begin and we wonder where God will take us. I pray that as we get to know each other we will find ourselves listening not only to each other but also to God. I have valued your prayers for my family and me since the news of my appointment and I am confident that the prayer support will go on. I too have been praying for the benefice, for all who live and work here and these prayers will continue.

I believe it will be as we pray together, as God’s people in this place, that we will grow together as a benefice and so discover God’s will for us for the coming months and years.

There is so much I could say, but there is time enough in the future. For now, let me reiterate my joy at being here as part of this community. I conclude with words from the closing hymn at my licensing service on Thursday 18th September.

In Christ alone my hope is found,

he is my light, my strength, my song;

this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My Comforter, my All in All,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

Grace, mercy and peace be with you all.

Julie