The Deanery met together this morning to worship in the beautiful grounds of Kyre Park.
The weather was sunny and warm and the swallows and house martins were flying overhead, singing their hearts out and feeding their young.
Bishop Michael Hooper was with us to preside over the Eucharist, and we joined in meditation, poetry, songs and an inspiring sermon from Rev’d Sheila Rosenthal, which involved umbrellas and Roman soldiers!
We gave thanks for the work of the Rev’d Louise Grace as Rural Dean and to Pauline Briggs for her work in Teme Valley North Parish and the Deanery. We also welcomed the new Rural Dean, Mark Turner, who will be taking over from Louise in July. During the service the Eucharist Ministers and Authorised Lay Ministers active in the Deanery reaffirmed their commitment to their ministries.
Walking across the grass to leave, someone pointed out that the grass was covered with tiny frogs or toads that were making their way to the lake.
A lovely service on a beautiful day, finishing with a picnic and time spent investigating the lovely grounds of Kyre Park.