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Paignton Community Larder

We were all sad to learn of the closure of Anode, which has been of great assistance to needy people in Paignton for the last ten years. The Central Paignton churches (Parish Church, Methodist Church, Palace Avenue, Salvation Army and Paignton Baptist Church) have felt that there should be some sort of continuation of the work, and after seeking advice from the Torquay Community Larder, it has been agreed to try to set up something similar for Paignton. This has now "gone live", so there is a great need for items such as tinned and dried goods to stock it. Donations can be placed in the large plastic box(es) in the vestibule at any time. This week, (May 23) particular requirements are:

Rice: Pudding, Savoury and Ready Cooked, Custard, Shampoo, Tinned fish, Tinned tomatoes, Tinned meat, Squash, Jam.

Ministerial Vacancy

We were very sorry to lose Rev David Hughes, who is now in NHS chaplaincy work, in September 2017. We are very fortunate that the South West Baptist Association Regional Minister, Rev. Carl Smethurst, has taken on the post of Moderator and will be chairing Deacons' Meetings and Church Members' Meetings when possible, and will be conducting occasional Sunday services.

Carl has been very encouraged by the number who contributed to both the Prayer and Vision sessions. He has produced an excellent summary of the latter for the "Search Team" which has been appointed by the deacons on Carl's advice. This consists of the deacons plus Mr. Ben Ricketts snr., and this team has completed the assembly of a Church Profile which will be sent to interested ministers.

A short church profile has been written for one of our SWBA regional ministers to take to a monthly national settlement meeting of regional ministers from all the Associations affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB). Each regional minister presents a list of profiles of ministers looking for churches, and collects profiles for each church looking for a minister which in their view are reasonable matches.

The national settlement meeting for April has now taken place and has resulted in a number of profiles being considered by the Search Team. Members and friends will be informed as soon as possible, bearing in mind the need for confidentiality, about the outcome. Please bear with the Team. They cannot divulge information about, for example, ministers in churches at present, as this can destabilise the position of such ministers. As each monthly list is sent to the Team, they will decide which, if any, of the candidates should be considered further, and send our full Profile to anyone they wish to have a conversation with. The person(s) concerned can then contact the Team if they wish to take things further. Please pray earnestly that the Lord will make His will known to the Team and to the candidate He wants to serve at Paignton. Please also bear in mind that there are, at present, more churches looking for pastors than there are pastors looking for churches. Eventually, the Team will decide on one prospective pastor and will invite the members to meet and consider him or her over a weekend. There will then be a church members' meeting when all members can have their say.