Keith then made his first celebration of Holy Communion on Sunday 30 June in St Nicholas, Winsley; this was a united benefice service, so that the Winsley congregation were joined by people from the other three churches. It was lovely to see the church so full and we really sang out the hymns.
|The Churchwardens pray for Keith's ministry|
|Paul Batson, keith Charnley and Rob Armstrong|
|Keith distributing the Bread at Communion for the first time|
At the end of the service, the Youth Emmaus group told us what they had been doing in the service.
|Youth Emmaus tell us about their session|
There was then a presentation to Bridget and Philip Poulsom, who have run the Youth Emmaus group for a number of years. Bridget and Paul now feel it is time to hand on the baton and to try something different themselves.
|Youth Emmaus thank Bridget & Philip Poulsom|
Then it was over to the church hall, for coffee and a piece of the celebration cake.
|Keith about to cut the cake|
The cake was a splendid affair, the sides being adorned by a bicycle and a pair of ballroom dancers, for Keith's other interests and a small model of a altar with bread and wine on the top. Looked good and tasted good too.
|The delicious celebration cake|
It was also lovely that our Rector to be, Ann Keating, was at both the ordination service in Salisbury and the Sunday Communion service and was able to meet people over coffee and cake.