News from Cheap Street

 Arrival and Induction of Revd Duncan Goldie

Duncan moved into the manse in Sherborne soon after Easter with his two Shelties, Thane and Fergus.  This gave him time to find his bearings and unpack some boxes before his induction and welcome service on April 21st. 

This was a very joyful occasion with a large congregation, singing to raise the roof and an inspirational sermon delivered by the Revd Richard Church, URC Deputy General Secretary, who was Duncan's tutor at Westminster College, Cambridge and has preached at all his inauguration services.  He gave us one insight into Duncan's background; when Duncan worked as an electrical engineer prior to his ordination he was responsible for operating a switch and allowing electricity from France to flow into the British grid. Representatives from other  churches and civic authorities offered Duncan a hand of fellowship and he was presented with a copy of the Methodist Worship Book.  We were also going to offer a music copy of Singing the Faith, but Duncan had already bought one, being a keen musician.  (He plays the cornet and enjoys opera.) 

Naturally the service was followed by a tea party and the interlude of summer weather allowed guests to spread outside and enjoy the sunshine.  These included people from all four churches in the pastorate - Bell Street, Wincanton, Mere URC and Sherborne, as well as members of Duncan's family and a large number of visitors from Duncan's previous churches in the Royston area and the Forest of Dean.

We are delighted that Duncan has come to work with us and look forward to a new chapter in Cheap Street's history.                                        

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