From the Churchwardens
Colin Tremellen & Pam Pike
The church continues to be central to the village and much used. 2018 has been a bumper year for weddings. Not surprisingly as our church is so beautiful we have had 8 weddings and car parking in the field has been well used.
We have enjoyed the Year’s sermon series of “You are my witnesses” and learned much from the many different preachers we were privileged to hear. We have again been blessed by having Tom to support Matthew with our services and in our Readers, Dick and Jo. This year’s theme of Pilgrimage is proving interesting.
Our main hope was to have made strides towards achieving the new loo and kitchenette we so badly need, but the external frustrations continue and progress is slow. Every difficulty seems to be put in our way. For instance we are being asked to prove the date the tower was built, but records do not exist. However, Jane Rees is doing a splendid job trying to keep up forward momentum. Investigations into its construction should happen soon.
The church has been used for a number of events which worked well. In June it was turned into an art gallery to celebrate Wellow art with a fine display of work by members of the village. We again hosted the Autumn Fayre and were the base for the Horticultural Society’s Apple Day. We had a wonderful display of Christmas trees over Advent provided by no less than 17 groups or societies of the village.
We have enjoyed the group services and are currently experimenting with combining services with Foxcote one week a month over the first three months of the year. The aim is to find if their church is any warmer than ours!
Sadly, Tim Wheeler, a long standing member of our congregation, died over Christmas following a most brave struggle with motor neurone disease. He is much missed and his memorial service was a testament to the respect and love he enjoyed in the village and amongst his professional colleagues. Over 200 people attended.
The need for the food bank is as urgent as ever and we are grateful to Dick Caudle who manages the Wellow collections on behalf of our church.
St Julian’s is blessed with many willing volunteers who between them keep the church looking loved and vibrant. It is cleaned regularly, the flowers are invariably beautiful, all receive a warm welcome as they arrive for services, the bells are rung and the choir is on hand for major events. A special thanks to all those involved.
There are shoots of new growth in the church and we have high hopes for our future.