Secretary's news

I am sad to record the death of Marie Isaacs on 9 August. She had been a member of Heath Street since 1973 and Associate Minister, then Minister, for many years. On her retirement there was no question of Marie leaving the  community she so often described as her family. Ewan, in his leading of her funeral, and Marie’s friend Joe Mulrooney, in his sermon, reminded us of her role in the wider church and in teaching and writing but we remember 'our' Marie for many different reasons, perhaps best summed up by former member Kelly Vivar (now a long-standing resident of Vancouver):

“Marie was a very important part of our life. I remember her hosting the carolling group, hosting Christmas dinners for the lonely, and giving us very good lessons through her sermons that we could ponder upon, and also for her warm and friendly smile and sense of humour. It was a privilege to have met and have been pastored by such a remarkable woman.”

Kelly has herself recently suffered the loss of her 60 year old brother and is very much in our prayers.


I promised to report on our giving for Christian Aid Week. Heath Street contributed £215, a great deal of it being the retiring collection from Heath Street Choir’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Some dates past and present to note:

  • 18 September: as part of the 11 am service, the baptism of Wilf Merttens.
  • 25 September: after the service: Church meeting.
  • 2 October: our Harvest Service where we again collected food and other goods for refugees stuck in camps around Calais. After the service we had lunch together, a 'pot luck' which was a lovely occasion with lots of nice things to eat.

The Contact Club, our Sunday evening gathering for lonely and vulnerable people in the community, has long been an alliance between ourselves and St Mary’s RC Church but we have been helped in recent years by the congregation of St John at Hampstead. They recently recruited a new volunteer for Sunday evenings and they also support the club by gathering, sorting and cleaning second hand clothes which can now be stored in our basement until needed. Such contributions are always welcome: if you have clothes or shoes in reasonable condition to dispose of (especially for men), please talk to Theresa Thom, tthom@hotmail.co.uk

After 15 years as Vicar of St John, Rev'd Stephen Tucker formally retired in May and moved to his new home in Salisbury some weeks ago. We wish him well in his new life and welcome Rev’d Diana Young as Interim Priest.

I have saved the best news until last. Firstly, at the last Church meeting Theresa Thom was appointed as a Deacon. Theresa was already doing a great deal of practical work to help keep the church well-run and well-organised and her skills are a hugely valuable addition to the diaconate. Also, for a trial period of a few months we have a new Children’s Worker, Wilf Merttens, who has started by taking on the Sunday School (ask a participant about what it is like to be a member of that Club!) and has many more ideas about how we can develop our outreach to local children. John Baker still helps run Old Time Nursery and organises the Tuesday recitals. We also welcomed Onome Okunlola into Church membership in early July.

With love and best wishes,

Gaynor


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