All Saints' Ryde
The Tower and Spire are illuminated in February in memory of Peter Gillingham, a beloved Father. "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us" - Helen Keller
Dear Church Family,
Today, 28th February 2021, as Churchwarden, it is my duty to announce that The Bishop of Portsmouth, together with Team Rector Richard England have appointed Mother Samantha to one of two newly created roles of Team Vicar in Gosport North Team Ministry. This is a key part of our Diocesan vision and an exciting opportunity for her to help grow the church of God in this newly formed parish. Following interviews, and with the support of the lay parish representatives Samantha will serve together with The Revd Jude Greenfield for the benefice of Bridgemary, Elson and Rowner. We expect them to take up these substantive appointments as soon as possible after Easter.
I would like to extend on your behalf our congratulations to her on her appointment as we say goodbye from the parishes of Ryde, All Saints’ with Swanmore, St Michael and All Angels, and to express our thanks for all the positivity she has brought to us in the time that she has been here under difficult and trying circumstances.
Whilst it is inevitable that we shall experience sadness and some uncertainty at this news, it is wonderful to think that another parish may benefit from the opportunity to experience her enthusiasm, vision and unwavering faith, as we have done over the past year.
We shall remain truly grateful for her determination in achieving what was right for us, and the direction and vision that Mother Samantha has guided All Saints’ in, together with the relationships she has founded with so many people throughout our community both within and outside of the church. She leaves us with a dedicated and proactive leadership team who are committed to bringing God’s vision to life as we gradually return to a more normal day to day existence and enter a new period of exciting transformation and opportunity.
Mother Samantha’s final Sunday will be Easter Day and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her well in her new post and to leave her with an open invitation to visit us at any time, for which she will always receive the warmest of welcomes.
I can also announce that the Bishop of Portsmouth has appointed the Reverend James Percival as Interim Priest in Charge of Ryde, All Saints and Swanmore, St. Michael’s and All Angels.
Following the recent government changes to CoVid19 regulations, together with the prevalence now of the virus on the Island, we have made the difficult decision to close the church building and suspend public worship until further notice. This decision has not been taken lightly but after consideration of our congregation’s and church team’s best interests, wellbeing and safety.
Our online services will continue in perpetuity, so please do continue to join us for those when you can.
Though apart physically still in many places and at times, as the body of Christ we are united in Spirit, so please continue to pray for your sisters and brothers from the parishes of All Saints’, St Michael and All Angels, and St John the Baptist, Oakfield.
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