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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) at any time. 

With the school holidays in progress, the need is even greater. Some magnificent monetary donations have been received, and a delivery from a supermarket has been organised, but items are going out as quickly as they come in. 

Current (20 August) items on which the Community Larder is running very low are: Tinned tomatoes, Rice, Fish, Hot dogs, Tinned meat, Instant noodles, Pasta 'n' sauce, Rice pudding, Custard, Cook in sauce jars, Jam, UHT milk, Squash, Tea, Coffee, Toilet rolls.

Ministerial Vacancy

We were very sorry to lose Rev David Hughes, who is now in NHS chaplaincy work, in September 2017. (Photographs of David's farewell service are now installed in the "Photos" section of this web site.) We are very fortunate that the South West Baptist Association Regional Minister, Rev. Carl Smethurst, has taken on the post of Moderator and is chairing Deacons' Meetings and Church Members' Meetings when possible, and is 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 has been and 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 meetings for April, May and June have now taken place and have resulted in a number of profiles being considered by the Search Team. After due consideration, the Team has invited Rev. Stephen Coles to come on the last weekend in September to have a weekend with a view to the ministry of the church. All members and friends are invited and requested to keep the Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, free in their diaries to be able to meet and get to know Stephen, and hear him lead the service. All members and friends are invited to comment. There will then be a special Church Members' Meeting on the following Tuesday, October 2, to consider whether to invite Stephen to be our Minister. Only those who are formally members may attend and vote.