Dear parishioners and friends,
Saying goodbye to people and places you appreciate, as well as work you have enjoyed, is never easy, but our last working weekend in Frittenden and Sissinghurst was both hectic and happy. The sun shone. A good time was had by all. A record number of adults and children came to Saturday afternoon’s joint “Messy Church” for all the family, in Frittenden this time. The children made lovely artwork and enjoyed the story and songs, as well as the indoor and outdoor games, before sharing a delicious tea together. Messy Church will be continuing on its alternating monthly pattern. A combined Frittenden and Sissinghurst team will continue to lead inspiring Open the Book dramatised assemblies in both schools on Thursdays.
On Saturday evening in Trinity Church Sissinghurst, the Wealden Consort Chamber Choir’s delightful concert included folk, classical pieces and popular songs. Rachel Olney (our eldest daughter, who works in Vienna with Operation Mobilisation) performed several moving and exhilarating solos on her violin. She linked the rich themes from Les Misérablesto the Bible and our lives today. The retiring collection raised a generous sum for Operation Mobilisation.
Sunday’s main event was a united Communion service in Frittenden, celebrating God’s love and goodness in both communities over the past 6 years. As well as a wide range of well-loved hymns for all, there was special music by the augmented choir with violin obbligato, a rousing organ duet and a small instrumental ensemble.
A splendid feast followed in the Memorial Hall, attended by over 100 people. In church, Angela and I were presented with some amazing, thoughtful gifts and also an extremely large cheque from the two churches. Thank you, everyone, for your hospitality, your partnership and your generosity during the happy years we have lived and worked with you and amongst you. We will continue to remember you and my successor in prayer in the future.
With our love and prayers,
Fred & Angela Olney