Our 2020 Vision project is moving ahead. Please hold this project in your prayers--it is vital that we offer this vision for our church to God and pray for it's success. Most importantly, please give thanks for and support Tony in prayer. He is giving a huge amount of time to the project. Right now, please pray for the smooth passage of our plans through the DAC Committee. This encompasses the floor renovation; chancel and north aisle; lighting system; audio visual; redecoration; storage; all associated electrical work and the Past Rector's Board.
Those of us who have seen the recent documentary on how the Church of England failed the victims of Bishop Peter Ball's abuse will be struggling to reconcile our faith in the institution with the faith it proclaims. As part of its ongoing response to previous failures, and alongside all other dioceses in the Church of England, the Diocese of Oxford is undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review of past cases. Clergy are required to check back through their parish records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations involving clergy or church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. As part of this we ask anyone who has any concerns or memories about a past event involving clergy or church officers that may not have been recorded or dealt with properly at the time to speak in confidence to the Rector or our Safeguarding Officer: Lesley Wickham in Prestwood or Val Gristwood in Great Hampden. You can find out more about this process on the front page of the Oxford Diocesan Website (www.oxford.anglican.org). We understand this process may bring back painful memories for some. If it does and you're able, please talk to us. If you aren't comfortable with that there is an independent helpline 0800 80 20 20 – this is a number set up by the NSPCC, and it is operated independently by them.
On Wednesday, March 18 from 1000-1300 we will be giving the church a Spring Clean! Please come and help, bringing, if you can, cleaning materials and hoovers. Please see Val for more information. Many hands make light work!
We have launched the fundraising appeal for our 2020 Vision project as we approach our 800th Anniversary next year. This is an exciting opportunity to preserve our church's heritage whilst making it feel much warmer, lighter and more comfortable for us all. Our plans are still developing. We need you to get involved by praying for our vision, supporting us in fundraising, and working alongside the dedicated team who are delivering the vision for our church as a place of meeting between God and his people. To find out more pick up a leaflet or look online at www.greathampden.org.uk/2020. To get involved please speak to one of the clergy, Tony, Val or Roger.