Bill has announced this week that he will be retiring from the URC pastoral ministry with effect from the end of this calendar year.
After a short break in early 2021, he will continue to be active in leading worship as a retired minister within our Area. The URC requests its retired ministers to withdraw from activity in the churches where they have served and Bill has consulted on what this means for someone who has held both local church and Area-wide roles during the last 24 years since ordination; it will be appropriate for he and Erica to move their membership away from Holyhead Road URC after over 30 years.
Bill wanted to give everyone six months’ notice of this change – due to the current pandemic he is saddened to be doing this as he describes it “rather impersonally, and at a time when many aspects of church life already seem to be in the melting pot”. Bill commented, “Who knows what the next six months will hold? We will pray and hope for a continuation of the imaginative prayer and faith-filled response that has characterised church life since the beginning of the crisis.”
Holyhead Road will be very sad indeed to see Bill’s (and Erica’s) departure but we are immensely grateful for the many years of faithful and faith-filled service we have received. This is a well-earned retirement – and we are SURE that it will not be a lazy one!
Karen Adams will lead a time of worship on Sunday evening, June 28th via Zoom at 6:15pm. All are welcome to join in!
Time: 6:15 PM
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Meeting ID: 875 1802 0711
The following statement and prayer comes from Karen Campbell, the United Reformed Church’s Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, and the Moderators of the URC General Assembly, the Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill:
“I have come that you might have life in all its fullness.” Jesus Christ said this more than 2,000 years ago. But when will that fullness of life be afforded to all people – irrespective of the colour of their skin?
The United Reformed Church has no hesitation in adding its voice to the outrage and dismay expressed following the brutal killing of George Floyd. Floyd is the latest in a long line of black people killed in the USA by police officers – those whose sole authority comes from the motto “to protect and to serve”.
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Sharing information from other Coventry churches – St Marks Swanswell will be starting an online Alpha Course on Monday, 18th May. If you would like to know more, click the link below. https://www.stmarkscoventry.org/alpha