Chaplain’s (B)Log Star-date Feb 20th 2022 – NEWS

Cdr Bill Watson R.I.P.


This week we have lost another long-time Reader in Bill Watson who died after some years of illness. We pray for the repose of his soul and for Eileen and the family in this sad time.


William NormanWATSON(Bill) Cdr RN. (of Callington) Passed away peacefully at home on 5th February 2022 after a long illness aged 82 years. Funeral Service at St Dominick Parish Church on Tuesday 8th March at 11am. No Flowers by request. Donations in Lieu are for St Dominick Parish Church and Marie Curie, C/O PCC Treasurer, Radland Ford, St Dominick, Saltash, PL12 6TR. All other enquiries to C P Coombe Funeral Directors. Tel: 01579 383349

Multi-faith Discussions- Post Licensing training year.

On Thursday evening this week 7pm on ZOOM, the Post Licensing Group is in conversation with Rabbi Naomi Goldman of the Kol Chai Reformed Community in Hatch End.  As we are a small group there are some places for other Readers to join us. The session might be of particular interest to those interested in the parallel issues of women’s ministry in out =r respective faiths.

“We call ourselves a Community, not a Synagogue, to emphasise the importance of the individuals who make up Kol Chai and the communal support that we give to one another.  Kol Chai means “a living voice”.  We aim to be a living voice of active progressive Judaism, alive to the needs of today, but rooted in tradition.”

The aim of the evening  is to share things that we have in common rather than challenging the things we do not. 

If you would like to take part please drop me a line and I will send you a ZOOM link.

“God Goes Viral” – a thought-provoking documentary in the BBC Storyville Series.

This had me posing questions about the pursuit of “the spiritual high” and “happiness” and wondering whether “contentment” is a better aspiration. 

Study day with the Archdeacon of Exeter- Thursday 17th February


It was good to be joined by some other Readers at this day on ‘leading well through and beyond the pandemic.’  There was some thought-provoking discussion and a largely positive mood looking to the future. Part of the day was spent in how we look after ourselves as leaders and the support that might be given or needed. 


At the recent Reader meeting we decided that our Deanery Reader Stewards would change to becoming Deanery Chaplains to Readers with the first item on the job description being praying for the Lay Ministers in their patch.  The DRS already in post who attended the meeting have shown much enthusiasm for this and I await replies from those who did not attend to see whether we need to appoint chaplains for a particular area.

I do hope that Readers feel well supported and that they always have an avenue for communication, advice and prayer. 

The day’s discussions and the input from the speakers covered much much more and underlined why it is  important that we Licensed Lay Ministers make the most of our opportunities to take part. 

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