Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - February 2021

Pandemic Parish

Parish life continues to function during the pandemic whilst trying to conform to the increasing number of Lockdown restrictions. Since the beginning of the year, a further ‘stay at home’ Lockdown has been imposed upon us to reinforce the social distancing rules, which many people had ignored.

Before Christmas, we thought that the pandemic was approaching its end; however, new strains of the virus have come along, which more easily transmit between persons. On the brighter side, we now have several vaccines, which are approved for use, and since last December, people have started to be inoculated in order of priority of need and vulnerability, starting with the over eighties.

Places of worship have been one of the few public venues allowed to remain open. This came after government ministers recognised the importance that many people placed upon religious worship. The Prime Minister said that at a time like this, the Church is here to offer comfort and spiritual support to everyone and that we have a duty to care for each other, and particularly those who are vulnerable or who may be most at risk. It is understandable that some churchgoers, particularly the elderly and those in the other vulnerable groups, do not wish to take the risk of attending church services in person.
Those who have the necessary technology in place are able to watch Holy Trinity church services on line.

New Bishop of Dorchester

New Bishop of Dorchester

The Venerable Gavin Collins, who was the Archdeacon of the Meon Archdeaconry, in the Diocese of Portsmouth, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Dorchester.

Gavin, who is 54, was educated in Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before working as a solicitor in the City of London. He subsequently trained for the ministry at Trinity College Bristol.
His previous appointments include Curate at Saint Barnabas, Cambridge in 1997, being ordained priest in 1998; Vicar of Christ Church Chorleywood in 2002, and Rural Dean of Rickmansworth in 2006. He became Archdeacon of the Meon in 2011.

Gavin is married to Christina, who is a Health Visitor, and they have three adult children.

Gavin will be consecrated on 28th January as the eighth Bishop of Dorchester and will begin his public ministry in March.

The Band Stand by the river in Mill Meadows, in Holy Trinity parish
The Band Stand by the river in Mill Meadows, in Holy Trinity parish

Contacts

Vicar:
Reverend Duncan Carter
Vicarage, 16 Church Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1SE (574822)

Trinity at Four Minister:
Reverend Sam Brewster
29 Gainsborough Hill,
Henley-on-Thames,
Oxfordshire, RG9 1ST
(07899 843461)

Licensed Lay Minister:
Michael Forsdike (612161)

Churchwardens:
Peter Jones
Michael Forsdike

WELCOME

Welcome to Holy Trinity C of E Church.

Whether you have come to a service of worship, for private prayer, or just to enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquillity, we offer you our friendship and hospitality. This website gives some general information about the church and our fellowship.

Duncan Carter, Vicar.