A New Priest
So now we have him! On Thursday 8th July Rev. Ed Backhouse was licensed and installed as the new Parish Priest of Tile Hill and Priest-in-Charge of St Oswald's.
The service was led by Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, and Ven. Sue Field, Archdeacon Pastor, conducyed the installation. Present were members of Fr Ed's family, friends and colleagues, and Ebbsleet clergy from around the diocese. We were particularly please to welcome our Member of Parliament, Taiwo Owatemi MP.
We now have high hopes for the future of St Oswald's as the Church of England's presence in Tile Hill and we look forward to seeing what the future will hold.
New Faces (or Old Faces)
During the 2020 lockdown Dawn opted to step down from her position as PCC Secretary and, shortly thereafter, Stuart and Christine resigned as Churchwardens. Duane was invited to fill in until an APCM could be held. In October Colin and Duane were elected as both Churchwardens as Deanery Synod Reps, Duane has also taken on the duties of PCC Secretary whilst Colin continues as Treasurer.
Dawn is still active at St Oswald's and is still heading our Eco-Church programme. Christine and Stuart are not able to join us a the moment for health reasons, but they remain in our prayers and we hope to see them back with us in the future.
We are very grateful to Stuart, Christine and Dawn for the work they have done in keeping the light of Christ shining in Tile Hill.
When Covid hit (and I suspect that there's a lot of stories that begin like that - it's the new "it was a dark and stormy night") we were forced to close the FoodBank. It was not something that we wanted to do, but it was necessary for the protection of our volunteers, many of whom were shielding.
The Mosiac Family Hub stepped in and took up the slack and keep a FoodBank service running in Tile Hill for around six months (for which we and many others are grateful). However, in September the decision was made to return the service to St Oswald's with backing from the Tile Hill Community Partnership. We opted to continue the Tuesday/Thursday timings that had been in place during the summer and Trish Harper was appointed to run the operation.