Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends

Welcome to the new look Parish Magazine! I say ‘new look’ but it’s what’s going on behind the scenes that has changed. Towards the end of 2017 the PCC reviewed the place, purpose and publication of the In Touch magazine.

The PCC agreed that the magazine should continue as a significant part of the church’s outreach. It is an effective means of communicating something of God, what’s going on in the life of the church and essential news. It has an informative and edifying role to play for members of the church family, and a reaching-out and bringing-in role for those on the fringe and outside the church. We are very grateful to John Martindale for putting it together and to all who contribute and make the magazine possible.

In light of the current financial pressure the church is under, the PCC decided to reduce the frequency of publication. From this point onwards, the magazine will be published bimonthly, instead of 10 times a year. Perhaps the biggest difference will be how we distribute it. Instead of handing copies to everybody who comes to church we will instead make it easier to access a digital version. It will be shared on the churches Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stpaulschurchcanfordheath), the church website and by email. If you would like to receive a copy by email please let the Church Office know.

There will still be paper copies available because we appreciate not everyone has access to, or can easily read an electronic version. But if you if you do have a smart phone/tablet/PC and can use the electronic version please can we encourage you to do so as there are significant savings to be made here. However, this isn’t just about saving money. We hope that by emphasising the magazine’s digital version we may actually extend its reach to more people and further afield. You can help us do that by ‘liking’ our Facebook page and sharing it with your friends.

The magazine depends on people writing articles for it so if you have something you’d like to share in print, and it reflects the Christian ethos of the Church, please get in touch with John Martindale.

 

Revd. Matt Williams
Vicar, St. Paul’s Church