As time presses on towards June we are beginning to see some signs that we
might get a summer this year – not before time you might be thinking! May has
been a cold month generally and not too sunny either. We hope for better
weather ahead to help us cope with the on-going Covid situation.
On 26th May we held our Annual Meetings at church in the evening and were
pleased to welcome Rita O’Loughlin as a continuing Churchwarden and Andrea
Hendrick as a new Churchwarden – taking on the role from John Barrett who
sadly died on 17th May. So whilst we acknowledge the sadness that John’s
death brings to us; we are grateful and thankful that Andrea has bravely
stepped into the breach.
John Barrett was churchwarden for some three or four years and was also PCC
Treasurer for at least 12 years – I don’t think he quite remembered when he
started. Our gratitude to him was acknowledged last year at the annual
meeting when he stepped down from that role. We will miss John, not because
of the roles he undertook but simply for the person that he was. He was known
for his wit, his quirky sense of humour and his friendliness. I had a fair few
photographs sent to me that had me laughing! John didn’t like having his
photo taken, so most were casual and often made me smile. At time of writing
John’s funeral will be later this week on Thursday 3rd June at 2.30pm in church
and 3.30pm at Landican Crematorium for Committal. He is much on my mind
and on the minds of many I am sure. We lift him to the Lord and give thanks
for him and all that he has done to serve here at Christ Church.
On another matter entirely, you may have seen on the news that the way in
which marriages are registered is changing. From now on instead of registering
the marriage in our church wedding registers and receiving a certificate on the
day, the couple sign a wedding document that the priest then sends to the
Registrar who then issues the couple their certificate.
This means that our marriage registers have now been closed and one copy has
been sent to the Registry Office. We will still keep a copy of the old register in
church and will now have a new book to record each marriage that takes place.
The new marriage document allows for four parents to be entered giving the
couple the opportunity for their mothers’ details to be entered as well as their
fathers’. This also means that any copies of certificates will now only be issued
by the Registry Office. Times are a-changing! However, as a church we still
undertake the same marriage preliminaries and publish the banns of marriage
We had hoped that as June progresses we might see a further lifting of
restrictions but that is now less certain due to the new variant that seems to be
spreading. Fortunately, many of us have received both vaccines and hope to be
protected well; but of course, we do need to continue to be safe and take care.
Romans 8.38: ‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love
of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff