Outlook 16
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Parish Pump Michael Booth retires Michael Booth, our much-loved and hugely respected lay reader, has recently retired after 13 years’ loyal service to St Mary’s Church. Michael and his wife Susan first came to St Mary’s in 1986, and through a bleak period of serious illness he was encouraged and inspired by two previous Rectors, Canon Brian Thompson and Canon David Pitcher. After three years’ training, Michael was licensed as a Lay Reader on 7 October 2000. Over the years, Michael has been responsible for the Seckford Chapel, organised and run Quiet Days, produced dramas involving children and adults, organised a programme of visiting speakers for the Monday Talks, offered pastoral care with Peter Prior to the residents of Deben View, and preached in his own unique style – wise, eloquent and with a sense of humour and a story to tell. At this year’s Harvest Festival, the Rector paid warm tribute to Michael and presented him with a gift on behalf of the church, and a bouquet for his wife. But it is not entirely Goodbye: we were delighted to hear that Michael would still be helping out at church from time to time. Mary Parker Time to reflect How do we build a better world? What is fairness in society? These are just two of the topics included in the new discussion groups at St Mary’s. As well as debating current issues, it is an opportunity for newcomers and others to get to know each other. Three groups are now underway, and proving highly popular: Can we build a better world? 5 & 19 Nov, 3 Dec at 7.15 pm Where is God? 6 & 20 Nov, 4 Dec at 10.15 am New world, old faith 13 & 27 Nov, 11 Dec at 7.15 pm Interested? It’s not too late to join in, and there will be further dates in the New Year. Contact Caroline Hawksley (Tel: 387848) or Sandra Schur (Tel: 380544)