From the Rector

Messages from the Rector will appear here from time-to-time

To all friends and members of St Faith’s, Havant – 13 May 2021

Click here for the Corona Chronicle.

Tom Kennar

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s, Havant – 6 May 2021

Dear Friends,

It’s my great pleasure, once again to let you know that this week’s Chronicle is available for you to read and download at your leisure, simply by CLICKING HERE or on the image of the front cover, below.

It’s a little shorter than in previous weeks – due to a slow down in contributions from our brilliant writers. So…come on folks. I know that the prospect of sunnier days and drinkies under the rule of six must be cramping your literary ardour….but we need you!

Wishing you all a very happy week, and many blessings.

Canon Tom Kennar

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s, Havant – 29 April 2021

I’m not entirely sure that Lot’s wife (of biblical fame) would agree with me, but sometimes, looking back can be a useful thing to do. That’s why this week’s Corona Chronicle (click here) contains a review of the last six months (since our previous Annual Meeting).

But there’s plenty of looking forward too: with news about the Pallant Centre opening up, and news about planned events in Langstone, as well as the forthcoming centenary celebrations for the Royal British Legion.

There’s comedy too, in the form of another great Margaret Tait poem (whose description of her kitchen cupboards has me worried!) and a splendid reminiscence from Alan Hakim of his musical career.

There’s no ‘musical matters’ this week (from Graham) because he’s been having a well-earned week off. But we look forward to hearing him play on Sunday once more!

Wishing you all a happy and blessed week.

From Canon Tom

 

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s, Havant – 22 April 2021

As Volume 53 of the Corona Chronicle hits the electronic streets, I find that I’m running out of ways to induce you to click on this link to read it for yourself. You see, I know only too well how we humans get bored with the same thing happening week after week.

I regularly receive an email from a local charity-support organisation which, in its subject heading always offers the tantalising promise of delivering ‘Stuff you need to know right now’ – and which rarely turns out to be that urgent. So, as another one drops into my inbox, I sigh, and move on.

My fervent hope is that this is not how YOU feel when the Chronicle arrives in YOUR inbox. I hope that it still inspires you, interests you, amuses you and equips you to worship with us at our two main services of the week (whether you do so from home, or at church). I hope it also gives you fodder for your prayer life – indeed this week includes some advice about ‘Divine Reading’ which I hope will be inspiring.

This week’s edition also contains a short tribute to Bishop Christopher who retires on Saturday. There’s also a fascinating (and amusing) article from Kevin West (his first for the Chronicle!) about numbers. There’s some more terrible jokes from Peter Allman, and you can encounter again the sermons from last week, including Bishop John’s challenging call for us to be something different as followers of Jesus Christ. As a introduction to this Sunday’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting, we’ve also included a bit of background to this annual bureaucratic event!

As always, this comes with my prayers and best wishes to you all.

Canon Tom Kennar
RECTOR

 

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s, Havant – 15 April 2021

Edition 52 is here!

It hardly seems possible, but this week marks the publication of our 52nd edition of the Chronicle. We started in the middle of March, last year, and (with a few breaks for illness and Christmas) we’ve soldiered-on together sharing humour, history and homilies for an entire year’s worth of publication.

Let me then take a few moments to thank ALL our contributors over the past year. You’re a great bunch, and its been a real pleasure to edit and arrange your contributions.

There’s some typically great stuff, again, this week – all waiting for you simply by clicking here

With best wishes to you all.

Canon Tom

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s, Havant – 8 April 2021

It’s here!

The sheer and unadulterated joy I know you all feel at the arrival of Volume 51 must be hard to contain!

All you have to do is click here to read this week’s Corona Chronicle!

A very happy Easter-season to you all

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar
Rector

P.S. If the ‘click here’ link above does not work on your computer, simply go to www.stfaith.com, then click on the ‘Welcome’ button, then select ‘Weekly News-sheet’. You’ll find all the Chronicles listed there.

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s – 31 March 2021

This week’s Chronicle is hitting the presses early this week – so as to catch the post for those who receive hard copies. (A special thank you to Pauline for turning around the first edit with such alacrity!).

Our aim has been to get service sheets in your hands in good time for this Thursday’s Maundy Thursday Communion, and Good Friday’s ‘Hour at the Cross’.

To download and read the Chronicle, simply click here

We are expecting as full a congregation as we can safely permit on Sunday, so we have not printed Sunday morning’s Easter Service in the Chronicle. However, if you will be watching from home, you can download a copy of the service sheet by clicking here.

It was lovely to see a healthy handful of you joining in this evening’s Taize service. Please let me encourage you, as enthusiastically as I can, to join us again tomorrow at 7.30pm (and on Wednesday and Thursday too!). It really does make Easter feel all that more special if one has also travelled the rest of Holy Week in the company of other pilgrims!

May I take this opportunity to wish a blessed and meaningful Holy Week, and a very happy Easter when the day comes!

Yours with very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar
Rector

 

Please click here to read the Chronicle

To all friends and members of St Faith’s… – 25 March 2021

Here we are again! Another week gone, and another Chronicle hits the presses. This week, we are joining forces with the St Faith’s Comms Team to bring you the ‘Monthly Information Sheet’ within the hallowed pages of the Chronicle itself. My thanks go to Colin Carter, Hilary Deadman and Marion & Geoff Porter.

There is also news about times of church opening, for the next few weeks. There are sermons to make you think, and silliness to make you smile. If you plan to join us for online worship on Sunday, you will especially want to have the Palm Sunday Service sheet in front of you (as it’s a bit different from normal).

As we begin to move towards something like normality, my diary is starting to fill up, and my head is starting to spin with all the exciting possibilities which may present themselves for when we come back together. So, whether we will have the capacity to continue a weekly Chronicle remains to be seen. But do let me know whether you would miss this weekly dose of St Faith’s community news and views – and, depending on your responses, I’ll consider how best we can keep it going!

Keep hoping, keep praying, keep going! As it says on the front page of this week’s edition, ‘we are Easter people, and alleluia is our cry!’.

Have a great week, everybody – and I hope to sense your presence tomorrow at the 1030 Mass, or on Sunday for Palm Sunday.

With very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar
Rector

 

 

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s, Havant – 11 March 2021

Crikey! There’s been a scandal at St Faith’s!

….read all about it by clicking here to download this week’s thrilling edition of the Corona Chronicle!

As well as the Great Scandal, the Chronicle contains more examples of ‘homilies, history and humour’ to tickle your funny bones, and (we hope) help you to ponder the deeper questions of life. There is also all the material you’ll need to participate online in our services.

Have a great week, everyone!

With warmest regards from

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar, Rector.

 

 

Dear Friends and Members of St Faith’s, Havant – 4 March 2021

Issue number 46 of our magazine of ‘homilies, history and humour’ is out today. At a bumber 46 pages, this one is really packed with goodies for you.

This being my first attempt to notify you all of such a momentous event via Mailchimp, I haven’t yet worked out how to attach it to this message! So, should you wish to read the Chronicle online, please kindly click on this link: 4 March 2021 – Corona Chronicle.

This should take you to where it is stored on our parish website

Thank you all for bearing with me during this week of electronic trials and tribulations!

With very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 25 February 2021

Dear Friends,

Here’s our latest edition of the Corona Chronicle – packed as always with homilies, humour and history – as well as (this week) a new poem from Margaret Tait, some interesting news about St Faith’s online presence, and the publication of our new book.  

I do hope this message finds you all well – and I can’t wait until we can be together again in person!

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s, Havant – 18 February 2021

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle, once again packed with homilies, humour and history.  My sense of gratitude is overwhelming towards all of our contributors – what a great bunch you are!

It’s been a somewhat trying week in the church building, with many of our hopes for the new ‘studio’ broadcasting equipment being scuppered by problems with our internet feed.  Thank you for your patience – all of you who have patiently waited for services to start, and sent encouraging messages (telling us, for example, that we were on air even when our equipment said we weren’t!).  We clearly have a few wrinkles to iron out of our system – though we remain convinced that in the long term, it will prove to be marvellous!

Our sense of frustration is as nothing to the frustration which I know many of you feel about the continued closure of the church building – perhaps especially those who have had their vaccine jabs!  I can only assure you that we are monitoring all the relevant data very carefully, and we will re-open just as soon as we judge that it will be safe to do so, without the risk of infection to non-vaccinated people (including me and most of our staff) and the wider community.  Please know that there is nothing I want more, at the moment, than a return to something like normal church activity!  

As a general guide, however, it is worth noting that during the last period of general opening, the infection rate in Havant was around 10-20 cases per 100,000.  The same rate currently stands at 100 – i.e. as much as 10 times more.  Another statistic which gives me pause is the news that something like 294 people have died in Havant from Covid – which doesn’t sound like a lot, until one realises that 294 people would fill our church building to the point of overflowing into the aisles.  Suddenly, that feels like a lot of people!

I pray that we will all have a happy and thoughtful Lent.  A year into this pandemic, I’ve yet to see many signs that the world has grasped the reality that our choices about the way we live actually caused this pandemic to race around the world.  But perhaps this time of Lent may give us time to pause to ponder.

By the way – don’t miss our ‘Plainsong Evensong’ – just published on our Facebook Page and also available on the front page of our website until Sunday morning.  Using plainsong, and the beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer, we hope that it will help you to settle into Lent.

With my very best wishes to you all,

Tom  

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To All members and friends of St Faith – 11 February 2021

Dear Friends,

Please find attached our 40 PAGE edition of the Corona Chronicle – made larger by the fact we’ve included some additional service material for our Ash Wednesday service (taking place next Weds at 5.30pm, and viewable thereafter at whatever time suits you).  

Please note that in the absence of being able to meet together this year, we invite you to prepare a little ash for yourself, at home (or a little garden soil), with a splash of olive oil.  (Some people like to burn a previous year’s palm cross to make the ash).   Then you will be able to make the sign of the cross at the appropriate moment in Wednesday’s service.  (Of course, a clean finger will do as well.  It is not the ‘ash’ itself which is holy; it is the intention behind the moment of embarking on our Lenten journeys, conscious of our mortality and God’s love.)

It’s an exciting day today – as I leave for church to live-trial most of our new ‘studio system’.  Unfortunately, delays at customs borders meant that we have not yet received all the equipment we need – but we expect it any day now!  Please follow along, if you are free, at 10.30am this morning.

With best wishes

Tom 

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant… – 4 February 2021

Dear friends,

Here’s a little ‘haiku’, by Ann Buckley, which appears in this week’s edition of the Chronicle:

The weekly highlight

The Corona Chronicle

Lands on my door mat

Well, I suppose that landing in your inbox might be the next best thing….so here it is.

And this week, we have BIG NEWS:  we’re publishing a book!  It’s a book of original writings, reflections, histories, poems, sermons, autobiographies and the like which were sent into the Chronicle during 2020.  Our hope is that this will be a lasting memento of the time we’ve been spending together within these pages, during the various ‘lockdowns’ we’ve endured.  It’s also a bit of a fundraiser (of course!) – and will be a lasting ‘mark on history’ by the Chronicle’s many contributors.  (A copy will be lodged with the British Library, and with the Spring Museum).

There are details of how to obtain your copy in this week’s edition – and a booking form to send back to me.  (PLEASE NOTE:  those of you with the technical ability to do so are very welcome to email your order to me, confirming that you have donated to the Big Build Campaign via our website – in accordance with the instructions on the booking form). Do shout if you need assistance…it is a bit complicated (with options for number of copies, and whether you want to pay for delivery, or collect when copies are ready).

I strongly suggest you don’t hang about.  With many of my co-authors probably interested in extra copies to send to their families and friends, I’m expecting to sell out!

With warmest best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 28 January 2021

Dear Friends,

Here’s the latest edition of our Corona Chronicle, which we hope you will continue to enjoy!  

There’s quite a focus on the past, this week (with a history of Havant Rectories, and some more information about Canon Brown of blessed memory).  But there’s also a Eulogy to one of our much-loved members, recently departed, along with some new wonderful Haikus, inspired by Ann Griffiths’ poem of last week.  Well done all!  

There are also some fantastic photos of the work we have completed to restore our West Window which, as you will see, is rather larger than one might think from the ground!

Also, of course, last week’s sermons are available for you to ponder (why not comment upon via a ‘letter to the Editor’?).  And this week’s readings and hymns are once again laid out for you to follow.  (Take a nice deep breath before joining in lustily from home!).  We do hope that you are still finding this humble offering a useful and entertaining supplement.  Do let us know!  

It is our fervent hope that we will be able to re-open the church building before too long (especially in the light of falling infection numbers in Havant).  But we are carefully monitoring the situation, so that any risk of St Faith’s becoming a ‘viral spreader’ is reduced as much as possible.  Stay strong, keep praying, and keep on loving!

With warmest regards to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant… – 21 January 2021

Dear Friends,

Today we reach a minor milestone, with the publication of the 40th edition of the Corona Chronicle – celebrating the great community of St Faith’s Havant!  

Did you know that an archive of all 39 previous editions is available on our website?  Just click here to scan through the events and outpourings of the last year.  You may also be interested to know that we are working on a book to bring all the original writing of 2020 under one cover, to raise funds for our Big Build Campaign (and especially the Accessible Toilet Fund).

This week’s edition includes, as usual, a range of wit and wisdom, as well as Graham Kidd’s first sermon at St Faith’s, a short biography of the late Canon Brown, some great news about our recent fundraising efforts, and prayers for the Week of Christian Unity.  There’s also a short reflection from me, in the light of yesterday’s presidential change-over in America, and lots more beside.  So, settle into an armchair, and take a look!

Please let me thank, once again, all those who continually contribute to the Chronicle.  Please keep on sending in your essays, snippets of history, poems, jokes and wisdom.  Let’s keep talking, sharing and loving!

With my very best wishes to you all,

Tom 

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 13 January 2021

Dear Friends,

Who would have thought that 10 months after the Pandemic first hit, we would still be sharing humour, history and homilies with each other?  Well, here’s the 39th edition of the Corona Chronicle, packed as always with such goodies, as well as some lovely new poems, some updates on our parish fundraising and PCC activities.   And of course, all you need to join in with Sunday’s Services from the comfort of your armchair!

With deaths and infection rates at an all-time high this evening, it’s hard to be positive.  But the front page of this week’s edition has a picture of one of our (cough cough) older members receiving her vaccine jab with much joy.  Keep loving, keep safe, stay home and protect your neighbours as well as our beloved NHS.  And don’t hesitate to reach out if I, or any of our fabulous team, can make the waiting just a little more tolerable for you.

With warmest best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant: 7 January 2021

Dear Friends,

With COVID-19 racing through the population, and chaos breaking out in Washington and Hong Kong, it seems that 2021 is already doing its best to ‘trump’ its predecessor (yes, I know; I just can’t help myself!).  Nevertheless, the Corona Chronicle stands firm in exuding hope, humour and homilies, and it comes to you with the very best wishes of all the team at St Faith’s!

Thank you to all of you who have submitted articles for publication.  Please keep on sending them in.  It seems that, even with vaccines on their way, we have yet a while to wait before something like normality is resumed.  So keep on amusing, educating and informing each other through the pages of this periodical.

May I make one other request?  It’s this…pass it on!  Once you have read your copy of the Chronicle, why not pass it on (whether via email or your paper copy) to a neighbour, friend or family member?  If it has touched or amused you in the teeth of the pandemic, perhaps it will also touch them?  

The same goes for our online services.  If you find them helpful, then perhaps others will too.  If you watch our services via Facebook, don’t forget to share the service with your own Facebook friends.  Let’s keep on spreading the love, and the positivity of the Kingdom, with everyone we can!

Please let me take the opportunity to wish you all the very happiest new year.  There is light at the end of our collective tunnel.  Arise, for your Light has come!

With best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all the Team Leaders, Staff and Office-holders of St Faith’s – 24 December 2020

Dear Friends,

This has been a year of huge words – what academics call ‘superlatives’.  Nothing about the year we have lived together can be written without using phrases like ‘most dangerous’, ‘most anxious’, ‘most contagious’.   But against those troublesome, awful phrases, there have been some positive superlatives too.  ‘Most generous’, ‘most committed’, ‘most charitable’, ‘most kind’ are just some of them.

As I look back over 2020, while mourning those (thankfully few) we have lost, I find myself grateful for so much.  I’m grateful for the care that you have all shown to one another, both in terms of protecting one another from the virus, but also in looking out for one another when times have been hard on an emotional level.  I’m grateful for the commitment that you have all shown to God (as each of us understands him), to the work of the parish, and to the community we serve together.  I’m grateful too, for the outpouring of generosity from our members and friends, which has meant that we have all kept our jobs and our incomes, when so many around us have had reduced wages or have even lost their jobs.  Thanks to such generosity, and to your hard work in saving funds or raising them, we have even been able to give money to other charitable organisations and parishioners in need.  Thankfully, we end the year in a good financial position, ready to meet at least the immediate challenges of the continuing pandemic.

It is tempting to single out examples of amazing service to the parish – whether it be the up-front publicly-noticed ministries, or the more quiet (but also absolutely vital) background service of maintaining the fabric of our buildings, or running the administrative functions of the parish.  St Paul taught that like any human body, we are made up of many parts.  Some face the public and are seen by all.  But sometimes the most vital parts of a body are the hidden ones.  The heart and lungs cannot be seen, but the whole body cannot function without them.  From the unique perspective I hold as your servant-Rector, I can truthfully and gratefully proclaim that God has been at work among us this year!

So thank you, all.  Thank you for all you’ve done, and for all you’ve been to our parish and to one another.  I hope you’ll forgive me for not being able to say this in person to each of you.  I do hope, however, that you will know that each of your contributions has been noticed, and appreciated much more than words (or a token gift) could possibly say.  

Please do take a moment to pass on these words of thanks to your respective teams, too.  That is, to our 

bellringers and flower artists, 

our choristers and our ‘sidesmen’ teams, 

Shop workers and maintenance staff, 

altar servers and painters, 

preachers and teachers, 

readers and interceders, 

pastoral visitors and magazine article-writers, 

money-counters and Christmas market sellers, 

angel-knitters and Bosmere penpals, 

sound engineers and fundraisers, 

cake bakers and poetry-writers, 

webmasters and floor cleaners, 

churchyard maintainers and social group co-ordinators, 

minute-takers and archivists,

and others who I’ve no doubt forgotten (in the Christmas rush) among this amazing community!

Each of their contributions has been precious as well (and if they should receive this message twice, they’ll know they are noticed and appreciated by you as well as me!).

Clare and I wish you all a very peaceful and blessed Christmas, and we pray for brighter skies and better times ahead.

With every good wish,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
To all friends and members of St Faith’s – 22 December 2020
It’s with a heavy heart that I must announce, on behalf of our PCC Standing Committee, that we’ve decided to close the church building for the next few weeks. As you will imagine, this has been a very hard decision to make. However, in view of the present unknowns about the new virus-strain, and with the protection of all our parishioners, members and friends in mind, we feel that this is a necessary step in the present moment for a town centre building like St Faith’s. Just as our brothers and sisters in other religions have done this year (such as for Ramadan, Eid, Diwali, Passover and Hanukkah) we too must shield ourselves, our loved ones and our community from the viral-threat. It’s ultimately the right thing to do.
Of course, all our services will continue as published – but online only. We will miss the beautiful singing of the St Faith’s choristers (whom we similarly want to protect against infection). I’ll do my best to sing a few of our favourite carols online, with help from Graham – socially distanced from me on the organ. (But don’t forget that your phones, tablets and computers all have a mute button!). I’m delighted, however, to be able to announce that our Archdeacon, the Venerable Jenny Rowley will be joining us for Midnight Mass on Christmas night.
Please join us, if you can, for all our published services via our Facebook page – where it is possible for you to interact with others, send messages to us (all of which we’ll read after every service!). However, if you are not a ‘Facebook’ enthusiast, don’t forget that you can simply go to www.stfaith.com to watch our feed live on the ‘homepage’ (or a recording of the most recent lie-streamed event).
To wax lyrical for a moment, Sandra Haggan (our Lay Pastor) reminded me this morning that the first Christmas was a very quiet affair. Just a mother, a father and a baby…and a few shepherds. There were no great services in churches, no ringing of bells, no candle-lit processions, no Christmas trees nor Christmas turkey. The friends of Mary and Joseph were miles away in Nazareth, separated from the Holy Family by a government decree. Once again, perhaps, we are reminded that Jesus enters into all our circumstances. He has lived our lives, and continues to offer his life to us.
May I therefore wish you all a very peaceful and holy Christmas, while we look forward to being together once more when the present dangers have subsided.
Yours with every good wish,
Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 17 December 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached our BUMPER edition of the Corona Chronicle.  Alongside some seasonal smiles, and the normal wit and wisdom, you’ll find 30-odd pages of the material we’ll use for most of our services over the coming three weeks.  For those of you worshipping from home, we hope you’ll find this useful.

Following today’s announcement about Havant’s move in Tier 3, it may be helpful for me to confirm that all our planned services and events are unaffected by the decision, except that next Wednesday’s Lunchtime concert of Christmas music by Deb Henning-Vears and Lyndon Ford will now be online only.  All  public worship will continue as published in the Corona Chronicle, with the slight adjustment that you should not attend, nor socialise with anyone outside of your household while at church.  Distant waves of the hand will have to suffice for the time being!

As an extra bonus, I also attach a quiz, kindly supplied by Naomi Sloane.  This is purely for fun, and the answers will be supplied in January. 

I’m asked to pass on a quick message from St Faith’s Shop – “Thank you for all your recent donations, which have entirely filled our stock-room!  Therefore, please kindly hold on to any further donations until after Christmas”

On a personal note, please let me thank you all for your good wishes and support over the last year, and for the many Christmas greetings we’ve already received at the Rectory.  I hope you will forgive me for not responding to each and every one (and indeed, for not reciprocating with cards and messages)…but I do want you all to know how grateful we are for your kindness.  Clare and I would like to wish to you a very happy Christmas indeed!

With best wishes

Tom 

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 10 December 2020

Dear Friends,

“The man from the Diocese…he say yes!” – is the headline for this week’s Chronicle.  Which is my way of letting you know that our plans to provide the church with flexible, comfortable and above all beautiful oak seating has been given the green light by the Diocese of Portsmouth (after nearly three years of planning and debating!).  We plan to meet the cost of this ‘once in a century’ project through the sale of 130 memorials (or dedications), carved into the front of the new seats and pews, at a cost of £650 each.  These memorials/dedications will meet the total cost of the new seating, plus choir desks, modesty screens and 120 additional (stackable) chairs for busy times.  

So this is YOUR chance to make a permanent mark on your parish church – and it’s a chance we are offering FIRST to our members and friends of St Faith’s.   (After Christmas, we will offer the chance to other local people, if there are any memorial/dedication spaces left).  So, do let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a booking form.  (You will be able to specify your own wording, over three lines of text subject to character limits of 12 (top line), 30 (middle line), 12 (bottom line) – INCLUDING SPACES.  By way of examples, you could perhaps write:

             IN MEMORY OF                      (12 characters)

WINSTON AND MARY CHURCHILL   (26 characters) 

               1965 & 1977                          (11 characters)

OR, perhaps:

                         GIVEN BY                             (8 characters)

HAVANT HEDGEHOG HOMES SOCIETY   (29 characters)

                            2020                                  (4 characters)

Aside from this exciting news, the Corona Chronicle is, as always, packed with humour, whimsy, service-material, sermons and news.  Please keep your contributions flowing in to Pauline (office@stfaith.com) – especially for next week’s edition, which will be a ‘Christmas and New Year Special’.

With warmest regards,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s Havant… – 3 December 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find this week’s Corona Chronicle attached.  For those who have been anxiously waiting for news of Christmas services, a complete listing is included.  Please note that this is a provisional listing – because, frankly, anything could change, depending on Government guidance.  As you’ll see, we have very reluctantly concluded that the only safe course of action for the ‘big’ Christmas services will be to offer them as online events only.  We are very sorry indeed – but we do encourage all our members and friends to register as early as possible for the Eucharistic Services that we will be offering to the public (with a maximum of 40 pre-booked seats).

There is light at the end of our COVID tunnel, it seems…but, out of love for our neighbours, and one another, we will need to carry on acting sacrificially for just a little longer.  It probably does us no harm to be reminded, from time to time, that the ‘perfect St Faith’s Christmas’ is, in fact, a luxury that the majority of the world never gets to enjoy.  Hopefully, those of us who can will be even more joyous next year!

Let me take this opportunity to pray for a peaceful and blessed Advent for you all.

With warmest best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s Havant – 25 November 2020

Dear Friends,

Once again it is my pleasure to attach our weekly Corona Chronicle.  And once again it’s packed with humour, whimsy, stuff to make you think…and a bit of parish news too!

Thank you to everyone who has been supplying material of all kinds.  What a great team you are!

With best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 19 November 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find this week’s Corona Chronicle attached, with my good wishes and prayers.  Keep on laughing, thinking and loving each other!

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 12 November 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle – packed, once again, with good stuff!  

With my very best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s Havant – 5 November 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find this week’s Corona Chronicle attached.  As you might expect, it has an emphasis on ‘Remembrance’, which we hope you will find interesting and stimulating. 

Be assured that whilst the church is closed, once more, for public worship, the church itself (and its people) are very much still at work – loving God and serving our neighbours!

With very best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant with St Nicholas’, Langstone – 29 October 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle with my very best wishes.  

On a personal note, to all those who are currently awaiting a reply from me to the many lovely emails I receive every day – I will get to yours eventually.  I promise!  (It’s been an even busier week than normal!).

With warmest regards to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 23 October 2020

Dear Friends,

From time to time, people tell me that they don’t DO Facebook – and so they struggle to watch our live-streamed services.  Frankly, I’m not surprised.  Facebook can be a challenging place, full of adverts and some very strange opinions on a wide range of topics!

So…I have good news!  Starting today, you can watch our Live-streamed services directly on our web-site (www.stfaith.com) – right on the front page!  If you go there now (and give the page a second or two to refresh) you’ll find a box with the most recent service or event displayed (and ready for you to watch).  But as soon as we ‘go Live’ from the church, the Live-stream should appear.

The downside of watching this way is that you won’t get to join in with all the lovely banter which goes on in the comments section of our Facebook page.  (It’s lovely to receive encouraging Amens!  And I really enjoy seeing people saying hello to each other via Facebook).  But for those for whom Facebook is an ‘undiscovered country’ (or an unwanted experiment!), we hope that the ability to simply watch the service, direct from the website, will be a blessing.

I look forward to being with many of you via the Livestream on Sunday morning, when our theme will be ‘The Bible…Word of God?’.  I wonder what you think.  Is the Bible the Word of God?  Do you think or believe that every word of it should be treated as if it came from the very lips of the Father?  Or, is it something else….something rather more subtle?  ‘Tune-in’ on Sunday from 9.25, to hear my take on the subject.  (And by the way – we promise that the sound problems of last week have been sorted!)

P.S. By the way – if you DO decide to watch via the website…please do let me know how it worked for you!

P.P.S. Yes…I do know that TWO sentences in this email started with the word ‘and’!  Call it my whimsical writing style! 

With best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 22 October 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle – packed as always with what we hope are interesting and diverting articles.  Please let me take this opportunity to highlight two important dates:

THIS SUNDAY – Don’t forget that clocks go back one hour on Saturday night of this week.  (Warning: the church clock has to be manually re-set by our wonderful bell-ringers – so will quite possibly be inaccurate when you arrive at church!)

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (8th Nov) – Please note that the morning communion service will start at 9am (to give us time to make the church COVID-safe for the invited-only congregation for the 10.50am Livestreamed Civic Service).

With my very best wishes to one and all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 15 October 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find this week’s Corona Chronicle attached.  

In this week’s edition you’ll find the normal roundup of sermons, jokes, stories, history, tributes, prayers and Sunday hymns.  

There is also detailed (and illustrated!) news about our programme to replace the seating in St Faith’s, and an invitation to a new ‘Zoom-Study’ on the basics of our faith which I’m thinking of running (if you sign up!).  

There are two job opportunities, and a memoire from one of our long-distance members.  There are reminders of our invitation to knit Christmas Angels, buy a St Faith’s mug, and fill a shoebox to bless poorer children, and attend a Lunchtime concert.  And there’s news about our planned Christmas Fayre.  And that’s all just for starters!

So…what are you waiting for?   We hope you’ll enjoy a stimulating and rollocking-good read!

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s – 8 October 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find this week’s Corona Chronicle attached.

With my very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 1 October 2020 

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s edition of the Corona Chronicle.

With my very best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To members and friends of St Faith’s, Havant – 24 September 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle, with my very best wishes.

Tom

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To friends and members of St Faith’s Havant – 17 September 2020

Dear Friends,

Here it is…the 23rd edition of the Corona Chronicle.  It hardly seems possible!

I do hope that you enjoy our weekly romp through matters theological, historical, humorous, poetic and news-worthy.

Thank you, to all our many contributors!

Once again, it is sent with my very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 10 September 2020

Dear Friends,

There’s even MORE news packed into this week’s edition of the Chronicle.  Even if you don’t have time to read the longer articles and sermons, please take a moment to leaf through for the ‘newsy’ items.

As always, please accept my warmest regards,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

 

 

To members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 3 September 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s edition of the Corona Chronicle

with my very best wishes.

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com

 

1 September 2020
A word to the wise….arrive early for church on Sunday, if you want to guarantee a seat., and avoid being confronted with this sign!
We reached our safe limit on worshippers last Sunday. We will review in the light of experience in the next couple of weeks, and are considering putting on a second, later service. (Though we might have to poke the Rector awake from his normal post-service nap to make him do it!)
Image may contain: text that says "Poster for use if needed.. faiths st havant Sorry...we're Sorry.. full! We have reached maximum safe-capacity, and can't let in any more folks at the moment. We're really sorry. You could watch the service live on our Facebook page. Tip: Come earlier, next time!"
To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 26 August 2020

Dear Friends,

With great pleasure, and my very best wishes, I attach the latest installment of the Corona Chronicle.  

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 20 August 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the twentieth edition of the Corona Chronicle – a minor milestone.  (Who could have imagined we’d still be doing this 20-odd weeks ago?).  Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to our weekly digest of poems, stories, jokes, autobiographies and thought-provoking articles.  I don’t know about you – but I have found that I know many people much better than I did before the ‘Lockdown’, just because of the lovely act of sharing our stories with each other.

And a special thank you goes to those who have been moved to support our work financially as a result of my fairly constant appeals!  As a result of your generosity, the parish is in a good position to face the challenges of the coming months – especially while the Government’s helpful furlough scheme tails off.

We are conscious of what a blessing this little publication has been to so many over the last months, and we therefore aim to continue producing it, whenever possible.  But this is dependent on everyone continuing to play their part, and continuing to send all those fascinating articles to Pauline (office@stfaith.com).   So, come on, everyone….get writing!

With sincere best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s – 14 August 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the latest Corona Chronicle – with apologies for it being a day later than usual.  We’ve had internet problems!

Talking of internet problems, the Diocese has alerted us to a credible warning of a so-called ‘phishing’ scam around, targeting church members (especially those who have their email addresses published widely).  These scams purport to be from a church leader (such as the Bishop or a Vicar), and if answered the scammer will try to get the receiver to buy Amazon vouchers as a charitable act.  Please be cautious, and don’t answer any such emails.  If you receive any, especially purporting to come from Bishop Christopher or from me, do send them on to me so that I can report them back to the Diocese.

On a happier note, tomorrow is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for all of you who venerate ‘Our Lady’ as a guide to faith and a signpost to Jesus, here is a pray from Fr Tony Kemp, which didn’t quite make it into the Corona Chronicle for technical reasons.  I hope you find it a blessing to use in your prayers, as so many of Tony’s prayers have been in recent weeks.  (Please see below my signature for the prayer.)

With best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

A prayer for the Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Father Tony Kemp

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Hail! Blessed Virgin, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate;

May we, inspired by her courage, purity and devotion,

Join her in praising the name of the Lord in her joyful song of salvation.

 

Praise God, whose Spirit, falling afresh on her, made a dwelling place for the holy child in her womb;

With love and deep devotion nurtured the Christ Child, the light of the world at her breast;

Caressing the defenceless naked babe close to her heart that in time would be pierced;

As she with tender love and compassion gently laid him to rest in the silent and lonely tomb;

 

Now, rejoicing with her in the good news that the Lord has risen indeed, and following her example;

May we walk in his steps and serve our risen and ascended Lord with love and devotion all our days;

Let us praise the blessed Virgin Mary who found a place in her womb for our Lord Jesus;

And may we, likewise, be inspired to make room in our hearts for God with us today and always.

Amen

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 30 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s BUMPER edition of the Corona Chronicle.  Thanks to so many of you who submitted articles after last week’s plea, we have lots to enjoy this week.  The ‘squirrel pile’ is, however, now almost empty, so get writing, thinking, provoking, laughing and sharing again!

IN this week’s edition, you’ll find…. 

part two of John Burch’s reminiscences on his early years, and Clive Barnett’s despair about his later ones!  

TWO letters to the editor from Barbara Stearne, and a new poem from Liz White,

and a hilarious, illustrated account of Sandra Haggan’s attempts to ride her old bicycle.  

Another beautiful poem-prayer from Tony Kemp, 

and an account of the Lockdown wedding of Pauline and Kevin West’s son.  

There are two sermons (well, some of you seem to like them written down), 

and an amusing account of the various mis-pronunciations of Alan Hakim’s name (I don’t know why he doesn’t just change it by deed poll!).   

Via letters to the editor, Sheilah Legg tells us the story of the Devil’s visit to Cornwall, 

and Win Clinnick invites us to think about how those with leftover lockdown cash could help other people. 

And there’s much else besides!  In particular, those of you who joined us for this morning’s service (either in person or online) will be aware of the challenges we face with regard to live-streaming technology.  (I have to tell you, it was a LOT easier doing it from my living room!).  There’s no doubt in my mind, however, that live-streaming is the future.  You’ll find an article about how we could do it MUCH better – with your help – on page 26.

I’m especially glad to be able to tell you (on the inside cover) that Pauline West is going to be taking some of the strain from The Editor’s shoulders for next week’s edition.  So, once you’ve been inspired to write your poem, or your rant, or your memoire, or your story, please send it (from now on) to ‘office@stfaith.com‘ – so that Pauline can put together the first draft of next week’s edition (before The Editor gets his paws on it).   If, however, you are unsure about whether what you’ve written is suitable, and you want to discuss it with me first, by all means send it to me to forward on to Pauline. 

Have a great week, everybody!

With warmest regards from Tom.

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all friends and members of St Faith’s – 23 July 2020

Please find attached this week’s edition of the Corona Chronicle, including news, hot off the press, of our plans for limited public worship on Sunday.  

I sincerely hope you’ll find it stimulating and interesting.  Do keep your own articles coming in.  Many people have told me how much they’ve enjoyed learning about other friends and members, through the pages of the Chronicle.  Despite being in Lockdown, some people feel that they now know many other parish people far better than they ever did before.  So if you have an interesting, or funny life-story to share – don’t be shy!  Or if you have longed to have your say on any (decent!) topic, get writing!  Jokes, cartoons, photos of your paintings or pottery…everything is welcome! 

The Corona Chronicle, with its ever-expanding readership, belongs to us all!

Best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 17 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the latest edition of the Corona Chronicle, with my compliments.  Those of you who might prefer a paper copy (and don’t already receive one by hand delivery or post) may like to know that printed copies are now available in church, and may be collected during our opening hours for private prayer (Tuesdays 12-2, and Fridays 10-12).

In view of the slightly disappointed report contained in the Chronicle about our first opening day, you may all like to know that today we welcomed a total of 16 people for private prayer.  We also had a lot of really pleasant conversations with passers-by outside the church.  There was, I have to say, a palpable feeling of a community coming back together.

With best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Havant – 7 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle (volume 14), which is ‘going to press’ a little earlier than normal.  (I’m slipping away for a few days to visit family).  

Services on Thursday and Sunday of this week are to be taken, kindly, by Bishop John.  Please ‘tune in’ as you normally would via our Facebook page.  Bishop John plans to use a couple of hymns on Thursday, just to shake things up a bit!  So as an addition to this week’s Chronicle, please find attached a sheet with the two hymns for Thursday’s service.

  With very best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 3 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s Corona Chronicle, with my compliments.  It includes yesterday’s PCC Statement (so I’m sorry for the repetition!).  But the Chronicle goes to a far wider audience than just the ’email list’, and we obviously want everyone to know our position on church opening.

May I please take a moment to thank the very many of you who took the trouble to respond to the PCC’s Statement yesterday.  I can truthfully say that EVERY response expressed understanding and sympathy for the PCC’s decision.  I feel embraced by a tide of good will and prayer – for which I feel exceeding blessed.  Thank you all for ministering to us, as a central parish team.  Please forgive me if I don’t find the time to respond to all your lovely messages.  (There’s a heck of a lot of work to get done to re-open the church and still be ready for Sunday’s livestream!).

With my continuing prayers and best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 2 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached a PCC statement regarding the opening of the church.  It’s a bit long!  But it tries to set out in sufficient detail the kind of issues we are wrestling with.  The short version is that we plan to open the church for private prayers only on Tuesday 14th July, and then on subsequent Tuesdays and Fridays.  We continue to work towards opening the church for safety-conscious worship (and other parish buildings too), but with staff only now easing back from furlough, there has been a limit to what we can do, and how fast we can do it.

Please continue to hold us in your prayers, as we hold you all in ours.  Online worship, of course, continues as now.

By the way – the Corona Chronicle is a day late, because of other work.  I will send it out tomorrow.

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

2 July Statement

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 25 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the twelfth volume of the Corona Chronicle, once again packed with stuff to make us think, as well as information and whimsy.

Many will be wondering about our plans for re-opening the church(es) – about which I would direct you to page 3.

I do hope you are all well, and enjoying these languid summer days (or, if you are working, looking after yourself in this awful heat!)

With love and best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 18 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the latest edition of the Corona Chronicle, which I send with my best wishes and continued prayers for you all.

With warmest regards,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 11 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s edition of the Corona Chronicle, which is once again packed with whimsey and inspiration.  It also includes a rather full exploration of our thinking about the prospect of opening the Church (and Shop) which I hope you will find interesting.

With best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s – 7 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Just to let you know that you can now listen to live-streamed recordings of the Sunday and Thursday services on your telephone, simply by dialing 023 9200 1217. They will be available to listen-to from around 1 hour after the end of each service. We hope this will be a blessing especially to those who don’t have access to our services via the internet.  (If you know someone who might appreciate this new facility, why not call them and let them know?)

Normal call charges apply (e.g. if you have unlimited local calls, you will pay nothing if you are in the 023 92 area code)

The same audio-only version of the service can also be found on our website at https://stfaith.com/livestreamed-services/ 

With best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To members and friends of St Faith’s, Havant – 3 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached this week’s edition of the Corona Chronicle ( a little earlier than usual) – packed full of contributions from so many creative people!  Thank you to everyone who continues to send in ideas, humour, and interesting or diverting articles.  You’re all fab!

Keep on loving.  Keep on praying – and join me tomorrow morning, if you can, live on Facebook from around 10.26am.  Tomorrow, I’ll be preaching on the ‘Golden Rule’ of philosophy and religion – and about a Rabbi who stood on one leg!

With best wishes.

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 28 May 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the latest edition of the Corona Chronicle, with my very best wishes.  Please keep your articles, jokes, poems and reflections coming in!

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s Havant – 22 May 2020

Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to announce that I am today launching the publication of a book of collected ‘Scribblings’, which I hope will be a blessing to all of you (or at least give you something with which to prop the occasional door open).  It’s a collection of my talks, stories, journals and pithy weekly columns from the last decade, illustrated with selected cartoons from the legendary Church Times cartoonist, Dave Walker.

To read all about it (including an extract), kindly go to:  https://stfaith.com/scribblings-of-tom-kennar/ 

There, you’ll find details of how you can get your hands on a limited print-run copy (in return for a minimum donation of £9.99, or £12.50 if you’d like it posted to you).  All profits (after production costs) will be donated to the Big Build Campaign, and to the work of the church in Ghana.

Act now, to get your hands on a copy (due from the printers next week).

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 21 May 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the latest edition of the Corona Chronicle – with huge thanks to all who have been contributing articles, jokes, poems and stories.  I really enjoy reading every one, and I hope they are welcomed by the whole parish.

This month, as a trial, I have included the readings and hymns for Sunday’s service.  Do let me know if you find that helpful.

With best wishes and prayers for you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

 

To All Friends and Members of St Faith’s – 15 May 2020

Dear Friends,

Here is some useful information to help us all keep in touch with each other (and worshipping together)  over the coming days.  PLEASE KEEP this email because the ‘Zoom’ links below will be the same every week.

Sunday Service – 9.30am

I attach a copy of the hymns and readings for Sunday’s service.  The sharper eyes among you may notice that the hymns are the same that I chose for two weeks ago, but that service didn’t happen thanks to my ‘ticker’.  They are jolly good hymns, though – so I thought we’d use them this week!  As always, this service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

Sunday Evening Service – 6pm

To join in with the service of Evensong, via Zoom (led by Sandra), here are is the link you will require:  

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73577393658?pwd=cW90TW9OREVSNVVMK3pqeW5OMitTQT09

Meeting ID: 735 7739 3658
Password: 018860

Readings for this weeks Evensong are:

Psalm 87

Zechariah 8:1-13

Revelation 21:22- 22:5

 (If you haven’t tried ‘Zoom’ before – don’t be shy!  It’s just a way of getting lots of people together in a virtual room.  First-timers will want to click the link a few minutes before 6pm, to give time for a small amount of new software to be downloaded to your device).

Monday – Tea and Chat

Again using Zoom, Sandra warmly invites you to join her on Monday afternoons at 3pm for ‘Tea and Chat’.  (You’ll have to provide your own tea!).  I might well pop along too, from time to time!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87388723961?pwd=K0JjamtYS0xJUGNQbUE1YXFRKzlkQT09

Meeting ID: 873 8872 3961
Password: 388033

Thursday Eucharist – Bishop John
I’m delighted to tell you that Bishop John will be live-streaming our Thursday Eucharist next week (at 10.30am) – a special treat for us all on Ascension Day.  (As with the services I live-stream, just be on St Faith’s Facebook page from around 10.25am).  This will be Bishop John’s first experience of using Facebook’s Live-stream – which just goes to show that we are ALL learning new stuff at the moment!

And finally…
Thank you all for your kind responses to yesterday’s mailing of the Corona Chronicle.  Please keep those thoughtful articles, interesting snippets, photos, funny stories and poems coming in!  The next edition will only come out when I have enough stuff to ‘go to press’!

With much love and many prayers for you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Hymns and Readings for Sunday 17th May

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 14 May 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your kind wishes, prayers and messages of support during the last fortnight of my convalescence.  I’m delighted to report that I’m feeling well, and I’m promising those closest to me that I will work a little less, and rest a little more, in the coming weeks and months.  It was a joy to once again celebrate the Eucharist this morning, via our live-stream – and it was lovely to be joined by so many of you too.

It is my pleasure to attach the latest volume of the Corona Chronicle, which I very much hope you will enjoy  It contains some penetrating perspectives on post-war history, a letter from our Churchwardens (who have been mothering me!), a moving reflection on the value of community buildings, and one or two pieces of utter silliness as well.  There is also some news to share (on the back page).

I also attach a gift from Bishop John, in the form of a series of reflections from members of the Society of Mary.  I hope that all those whose devotion to the Mother of our Lord enriches the practise of their faith will be blessed by reading and praying through this resource.

I send my love to you all, and the hope that we will soon be able to see each other again in the flesh!

With very best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s Havant – 5 May 2020

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Dear Friends,

Knowing what the parish grapevine is like, I imagine that only a very few of you will not have heard, by now, that I was taken to hospital on Saturday.  I was suffering with a flare-up of an pre-existing existing heart condition.  I’m so sorry that this meant some of you searching in vain for my Sunday live-stream!  

Thanks to the excellent care of the Cardio Unit at QA, I am now home again, and have begun recuperating.  This does mean, however, that I need to take a step back from parish duties for a week or so, in order to heal properly in body and mind.  

Consequently, there will be no live-stream services from me for the next week or so (including, sadly, the planned VE Day service from my living room).  I am hopeful that you will all find alternative ways to worship, from the wide variety of options currently available – including, on Friday, the BBC’s coverage.  Do also check out the live-streams of other parishes and churches in our vicinity – and join your worship with theirs.

Regretfully, I won’t be producing a ‘Corona Chronicle’ this week, either.  Nor will I be engaging with Facebook (or other social media), nor answering emails, Facebook messages, texts, and phone calls for at least the next week.  I’m confident you’ll all understand.  Please do contact our Lay Pastor, Sandra Haggan, if you have an urgent need in the meantime (sandrahaggan54@gmail.com).

I currently plan to re-start live-streamed services from Thursday-week (14th May) at 10.30am – and I very much look forward to joining you all ‘virtually’ again, God willing!

The one thing I plan to do a lot of in the next week is prayer – and please be assured that I hold you all in my prayers, as I’m certain you hold me in yours.

With best wishes,

Tom  

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

To read St Faith’s latest position regarding the Corona virus, please click here: stfaith.com/corona-virus-response/

 

 

 

To all Members and Friends of St Faith’s Havant – 25 April 2020

Dear Friends,

The Corona Crisis continues to keep us worshipping in our own homes.  So, I once again look forward to welcoming you to the Rectory, via the St Faith’s Facebook page (livestream), from around 9.25am in the morning.

Tomorrow’s Service – hymns and readings

Along with the standard service sheet (which you can find on our website at https://stfaith.com/livestreamed-services/ , please find attached the hymns and readings for tomorrow.  Once again, the hymns (and the mass setting) have been provided by Lyndon Ford, from his ‘marvellous mechanical mouse-organ’  (I wonder who will understand that reference!?).  

I do SO enjoy seeing the number of individual worshippers who have been joining me for these services.  Do type the occasional ‘Amen’ or ‘Hello everyone!’ during the service – so that I’ll be able to see, afterwards, who was with me.  It’s such an encouragement!

Hope for tomorrow, because of yesterday…

As a little encouragement in return, please find attached to this email a link to a 3 minute video of more social times at St Faith’s – intended to remind us of the kind of celebrating, joyful community that we are.  It’s just a small offering, which I hope will make you smile!  See if you can spot yourself in one or more of the pictures!

https://youtu.be/9fTKEnS-BkQ 

Thank you!

Thank you to you all for your continuing support – both emotionally, practically and financially (to the parish, and to each other).  It’s a times of crisis that we really see the vital importance of a strong community, able to support each other, and keep one another cheerful and strong.  I’ve been so touched by the number of messages, phone-calls and small acts of kindness that I’ve seen going on all around the parish.

On a financial level, our wonderful parish staff are particularly grateful that they have received their wages for this month, despite the parish not having yet received a ‘furlough’ payment from the Government (it’s expected by the 30th of April).  Even then, the Government will only be covering 80% of our staff costs – so your continued generosity makes all the difference to our staff’s ability to look after their families and homes.  We also have wider obligations to support the ministry of the church throughout the Diocese (through Parish Share), which is not eligible for Government support (because priests are not on furlough).

Please don’t forget that our newly re-designed ‘Donations’ page stands ready to receive any additional gift you can offer, great or small, to the ongoing task of keeping the parish functional throughout this crisis.  To make a donation by bank card or paypal, just go to https://stfaith.com/donations/ .  Donations can be made to any of three streams:  

1) our General Mission (parish running costs and our diocesan share), 

2) the Rector’s Discretionary Fund (support for the poor or homeless of the parish) and, 

3) the Big Build Campaign (currently focused on building an accessible toilet at the rear of the church).

Let me take this opportunity to remind you that we are still in the Easter season – a season of hope and expectation.  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

With sincerest best wishes,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Hymns for Sunday 26th April

 

To all members and friends of St Faith‘s Havant – 18 April 2020

Dear Friends,

I do hope you are all coping well with the ‘Lockdown’…and not going too stir-crazy!  From a distance, this morning (during my now customary exercise) I caught sight one of our members cleaning his dustbin lids, which I imagine was because he had run out of any other maintenance tasks to complete.  (He shall remain nameless!).

Here are a few bits and bobs which I hope will be a blessing…

Tomorrow’s Service

I do hope that you’ll be able to join me and Clare, tomorrow morning, when we will once again live-stream our 9.30am service from our living room (commencing with bells and organ music from around 9.25am).  We will again be ably supported by organ music kindly supplied by Lyndon Ford from his marvellous digital organ – which means that we’ll have the tones and sounds of a Cathedral organ, faithfully reproduced on a mighty speaker that Lyndon has kindly lent me!  So, my advice is this: log on early (to St Faith’s Facebook page), and get yourself plugged in to a decent set of speakers or headphones.  And be ready to sing up so that your neighbours can hear!

I attach a copy of the two hymns we shall sing, together with the set readings for tomorrow.  Both the readings are rather long!  But I’m hoping that by having them in front of you, you might be able to take at least some of their wisdom and insight on board!  

Tea with the Rector

A few folks have said that they would like to have a go at a ‘Zoom’ meeting.  (For the uninitiated, Zoom is a conference video-calling system, which enables multiple people to chat with each other via their computers.)  I realise, of course, that such a prospect will be mildly terrifying for some!  But for those who would like to have a go, I have scheduled a ‘Zoom’ meeting for tomorrow afternoon, at 5pm.  Called ‘Tea with the Rector’ it’s just a chance to meet up, virtually, in a group – to chat about the weather, or perhaps to reflect a little, together, on the current situation in which we all find ourselves.  

I’ll be online at 5pm tomorrow (Sunday), tea in hand, and I look forward catching up with whoever turns up too!  

You will find below the log in details for those who would like to take part (just click on the long link below from 5pm, and you should be able to join in straight away ater entering the password STFAITH.  If you have not used Zoom before, I suggest trying the link somewhat earlier, as I believe some software will need to be installed to your computer before you can enter the conversation):

Topic: Tea with the Rector
Time: Apr 19, 2020 05:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79670916099?pwd=T1B0RTU4NmdqWlJBNkU3Vmw0R1I5QT09

Meeting ID: 796 7091 6099
Password: STFAITH

At the moment, we are limited to a 40 minute meeting (although it may get extended automatically).  If this experiment works, we may even try ‘Zooming’ for some Bible Study or prayer opportunities in the coming days – and I may buy a subscription to Zoom for longer meetings!

Website Refresh

Just to let you know, our Parish Website has had a bit of refreshment over recent days.  We’ve moderately changed the look and feel of the site, and tried to make it easier to use, and easier on the eye.  Thanks to Colin Carter, our website happens to be one of the most comprehensive sites of any parish I know.  It is simply packed with both fascinating history and up-to-date information.  We have now grouped all that information under seven broad headings – which we hope users will find easier to negotiate.  

These headings include a heading called ‘Donate’ – which leads to a nice easy way of donating to the work of the church, or the Big Build Campaign, or the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  (Donations can be gift-aided, and made by bank card or PayPal).

Whether or not you are able to donate, please do have a look, and let me know what you think of the refreshed layout of the site.  Just go to www.stfaith.com 

Th..th..th..that’s all folks!

I look forward to the pleasure of your company online tomorrow – at the 9.30 service (which will kick off from around 9.25 with St Faith’s bells and some organ music).  And/or – do join me for Tea with the Rector on Zoom at 5pm tomorrow afternoon!

With sincere prayers and best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

To read St Faith’s latest position regarding the Corona virus (and copies of the Corona Chronicle)  please click here: stfaith.com/corona-virus-response/

Hymns and Readings for Sunday 19th April

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 6 April 2020

Dear Friends,

Through email, Facebook and by phone, a number of people have been asking my opinion about where God is in the present Corona Crisis.  I have therefore written a short article on the topic, in simple language (I hope).  I offer it to you today (via the attachment to this email) in the hope that it will provide at least some areas for further contemplation by us all during these testing times

With my sincerest best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

To read St Faith’s latest position regarding the Corona virus, please click here: stfaith.com/corona-virus-response/

 

 

Where is God in the Corona Virus Crisis

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 4 April 2020

Dear Friends,

Good morning!  And welcome to a beautiful sunny day!  Please forgive this rather long email – there is much to share!

Palm Sunday Service

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and I warmly invite you to join me, virtually, in my home for our special Palm Sunday Eucharist, from around 9.25am, with the service itself starting at 9.30am.  

Here are some tips about how to view: 

  • All you have to do is ‘follow’ St Faith’s Havant Facebook page – assuming you are a Facebook member.  Then, simply have Facebook open in front of you from 9.25, and you will receive a notification that ‘St Faith’s Havant is live’.  
  • If you are NOT a Facebook user (and prefer not to become one), a recorded version of the Service will be available to view soon after 10.30am at https://stfaith.com/livestreamed-services/ .  Clicking on the link to recorded services there will open a Facebook page – but you DO NOT have to be a Facebook user to view the video

Sadly, the Corona Virus restrictions mean that we have been advised not to post out Palm Crosses to all of you.  So, you might like to find last year’s cross and have it with you for the service – OR you could make your own ‘newspaper’ palm branch to wave, using this simple technique from Alan Hakim’s niece, Rachel, who is Team Rector of Dunstable Priory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDFTOZXVbQY&fbclid=IwAR06AHxlIV732e9Vm9GKuBhzZFz3tbtPQS9CWBuNBLNrGsw3bAva7Bijr60 

The Corona Chronicle Vol.2

I delighted to attach our second edition of the Corona Chronicle – hot off the press.  If you would like a hard copy of this newsletter, then please contact Sandra Haggan, who will be glad to send a copy by ‘snail mail’ (sandrahaggan54@gmail.com).

Pen Pals Project

A big THANK YOU to all those who have kindly responded to yesterday’s appeal for Pen Pals to strike up letter-writing relationships with children from Bosmere School.  (You can read more about it in the Corona Chronicle.  So far, more than half the letters have been allocated to Parish Pen Pals….but there are still 26 students who don’t have a pen pal.  So please think and pray about whether this is something really special that you could offer to a local child in these confusing times!  

(To those who are wondering what address to put at the top of your letters – please put YOUR address, if possible.  I’m not certain whether the school will post individual subsequent replies, but whether they do or not, if will help either the postman, or me, to get replies to you in due course!  If, however, you are uncomfortable about using your home address, then by all means use mine – c/o The Rectory, 5 Meadowlands, Havant, PO9 2RP).

Stations of the Cross
Don’t forget that my specially recorded ‘Stations of the Cross’ is available for you to use during Holy Week.  You can view it, via a ‘YouTube’ link, at https://youtu.be/H4tB3aa01SE  

At 53 minutes long, it can either form a single, long meditation.  Or you may like to dip in and out throughout Holy Week.

And finally…

I wish you all a pleasant weekend, and warm sunshine on your face.  Don’t forget to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives!

With very best wishes to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

To read St Faith’s latest position regarding the Corona virus, please click here: stfaith.com/corona-virus-response/

 

To All Members and Friends of St Faith’s – 2 April 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find below a link to a video I have cobbled together for the forthcoming Holy Week – a little gift in lieu of the regular pattern of Holy Week services we normally enjoy.  It is a meditation based around the Stations of the Cross from St Faith’s, including a short introduction about the background to them.  The whole video runs for just under 53 minutes, with around 3 or 4 mins spent at each of 15 stations.  You may like to pray through the whole video in one sitting, or return over a week and do, say, two stations per day.

I do hope this will be a blessing to you during these difficult days.  Here is the link (which will take you to a YouTube page):  https://youtu.be/H4tB3aa01SE 

If you do decide to make use of this resource, I would love to receive your feedback on it!

With much love to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

To read St Faith’s latest position regarding the Corona virus, please click here: stfaith.com/corona-virus-response/

 

To all members and friends of St Faith’s Church  – 23 March 2020

Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart, I need to let you know that I’ve made the decision to close the last of our parish buildings (namely the church) today, effective immediately.  From all we are learning about this nasty virus, I decided that we cannot risk letting our door handles, hard pews surfaces and such-like become agents of spreading the infection.  It is possibly the saddest thing I’ve had to do since becoming Rector here, for I know just how precious that space is to so many – especially as a place to offer prayer, and to remember loved ones-lost.

Please click here for the latest information about how we are responding to the Corona Virus.  (That link will take you to the parish website, Corona Virus page).

It’s not all doom and gloom though!  As I said in my notices on Sunday (available to view at this link), even the most beautiful building is only, essentially, a shelter from the rain for the people of God (who are the actual church).  Remarkably, we’re seeing amazing signs of God at work in this crisis.  Over 1200 people have viewed the internet-streamed Sunday Service.  I’ve been hearing lots of stories of couples watching it together – despite the fact that one partner in some couples doesn’t normally attend church.  My heart is warmed by the idea that, during this crisis, some non-church goers might begin to see us as people they want to get to know, with a vision they are willing to share.

I’ve been frankly overwhelmed by the kind offers of support which people have offered, through me and Sandra, to parishioners in need.  It’s been humbling to see people responding with love and concern for the neighbours…and just like Jesus would do.  Please be assured that as needs present themselves in the coming days, we will respond as quickly as possible.  However, please don’t be surprised if it takes me a while to respond to any of your messages, phone-calls, Facebook posts, or letters through my door.  I suddenly find that my level of daily activity has gone through the roof!

Keep on smiling.  Keep on loving.  We are certainly at War with this virus, but its a war we can win together, by God’s grace.

With much love to you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com 

 

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To Members and Friends of St Faith’s Havant – 20 March 2020

Dear Friends,

“Our churches remain open; our faith in God is undiminished; public worship may be suspended; but the life of God’s kingdom is inextinguishable”  So said the Bishops of London a few days ago, in words which I wholeheartedly endorse.  St Faith’s does indeed remain open, and we aim to do so for as long as Government guidance permits it.  I’m delighted to attach a copy of our updated ‘Fortnightly News’, which contains a view more articles than normal.  I hope you find them pleasantly diverting at this time.  Paper copies are available from today to collect from the church itself.  Please do pop into the church (being careful to stay two metres from anyone else) and pray for our parish and our community during this time of crisis.

Here are a few other tips to keep us all going:

Look after each other:  If you know the telephone number of another church member (or their email address), why not get in touch, just to check they are ok, and see if they need a chat?  Some of you (who we judge might be especially glad of it) will be hearing from Sandra, myself, or one of our pastoral team in the coming days (if you haven’t already!).  However, if you don’t receive a personal call or email from us, and would like one, please do get in touch.  We’d be delighted to offer you a listening ear, or just a chat about the weather!  And if you have a practical need we can fulfill (like getting you some shopping) we’ll gladly arrange for that too.  Just click reply to this email, if you’d like such contact or help.  Or phone the parish office on 023 9249 2129 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to midday).

Another important service you could do for your neighbours and friends, is to check whether they have received this email from me.  If they haven’t, perhaps you’d be able to print them a copy, and pop it through their door (if they don’t have email, for example).  Or if they do have email, why not encourage them to send me a quick message, asking to be put on the mailing list?

Join us, remotely, for worship

Although the church will be open during the days for private worship and prayer, we are not currently able to hold any public services.  We are, however, livestreaming our Sunday and Thursday Eucharists, live from St Faith’s.  If you would like to worship with us, via your computer, tablet or modern phone, then please check out our ‘Live-streaming’ page at: https://stfaith.com/livestreamed-services/   Copies of the service sheets we’ll use throughout the period are available on the web-page…and paper copies are available in church, from today, for you to collect.  It would be great to have many more people keeping up the discipline of regular communal worship, even if we’re only connected to each other by a spiritual (and fibre-optic!) connection!

Ask not what your church can do for you…

There are, of course, many ways in which St Faith’s will be continuing to provide glue to this community (spiritually and practically) over the coming weeks.  We’re very glad to be able to do so, including spiritual, practical and emotional support to so many.  But we also need your help.  The simple fact is that the closure of all public gatherings has, quite literally, decimated our normal income streams.  (All our Pallant Centre activities have ceased, and without public worship, there will be no donations to receive from worshippers.  Businesses to whom we hire space are also being drastically affected, and can’t afford to pay us any rent).  You might think that the Church of England is wealthy enough to ‘weather the storm’ – but nothing could be further form the truth.  Each church is an independent charity.  We, infact, are required to give money to the central church (which then pays the stipends and housing costs of our priests and Diocesan staff).

We’ve already had to cut the hours of some of our incredibly valued parish staff – and some of them have even offered voluntary cuts in their wages, just to help us get through the next months financially.  Tragically, one staff member’s post has been entirely redundant because of the crisis.  We are saving pennies wherever we can.  We’ve turned off the heating in the church and Pallant Centre, and we’re holding back on every non-essential expense.

Some recipients of this email will no doubt be similarly worried…especially if they receive wages from an employer who is struggling like us.  If that’s you – get in touch, and we’ll advise and help where we can through the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  

But some of you won’t be especially worried about finances.  If you are in that latter category, can I please encourage you to think about whether you could give a little extra to the church at this time?  I promise that every penny will be carefully used, to continue providing support to entire parish and community.  Here are some ways to donate:

  1. Cash or cheque donations (payable to ‘PCC of St Faiths’) can be made at the parish office (which remains open from Tuesday to Friday – 10am to midday).  Preferably, fill out a gift aid envelope (available in church) and enclose it with your donation.
  2. Cheques (payable to PCC of St Faith’s) can sent to me at 5 Meadowlands, Havant, PO9 2RP.  Preferably, fill out a gift aid envelope (available in church) and enclose it with your donation.
  3. Donations can also be made ‘direct to bank’ by paying into our Lloyds bank account number 50907160 (Sort Code 30-90-89).  Preferably, fill out a gift aid envelope (available in church) and enclose drop it into the Parish Office at your convenience.
  4. Gift aid your electronic donation by sending your gift through this PayPal Giving website:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/2765291.  
  5. Smaller contactless donations can be made at any time (between £3 and £30) by popping into the church and using the contactless donation point.  

I know that many who receive this email will want to help, but are unable to do so.  Please don’t feel bad about that – and please DON’T give if you can’t afford to.  Pray for us, as we will pray for you.  

But for those who have been blessed with abundant financial resources, there will not likely be another time when your generosity is so desperately needed.

With best wishes and prayers for you all,

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

22 Mar 2020 – Updated

 

To Members and Friends of St Faith’s Church – 17 March 2020

Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart, today’s guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York leaves me with no alternative but to announce that all social gatherings – including for public worship – are hereby suspended until further notice.  You can read the Archbishops’ letter to all Anglicans at this link

Regretfully, this suspension will apply to all church gatherings, including services, soup lunches, lunchtime concerts, Little Seeds, TAT, bell-ringing and choir events (including this week’s planned ‘Come and Sing Choral Evensong).  The church will, however, remain open for private prayer, and the seeking of help or counsel from our staff and volunteers.  St Faith’s Shop will also continue to trade, as far as possible, as a low-risk activity (similar to other shops in the town).  The parish office will continue to open at the normal times, though we ask that all visitors maintain the recommended 2 metres of safe-distance from our staff, when calling to make enquiries.

As the Archbishops have wisely said, these precautions are taken because of our responsibility to our neighbours (not to contribute in an way to the spreading of the COVID-19 corona virus).  It does not mean, however, that we stop being ‘the church’.  Rather, we are invited to experiment with praying, worshipping and serving differently.  Some excellent online resources for daily prayer can be found at this link.  I anticipate that the church building will remain open as normal, for private prayers throughout the period, but (to discourage any social gathering) it will be closed at times of normal services.

I will be updating the details of our own parish response to the crisis later today. You will be able to read it at this link.  I will also be publishing a special edition of the Fortnightly News in the coming days.  Our overall aim will be to offer support to those who need it, and the opportunity to still connect with God through the ministry of the church throughout the coming crisis.  I will send further details via email and on our Facebook page as they emerge.

Please join me in praying for all who may feel anxious at this time.  Please do contact me, or our Lay Pastor, Sandra (sandrahaggan54@gmail.com), if we can offer you any practical or spiritual support.

With best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

Hon. Canon of Cape Coast & Ho Cathedrals, Ghana, and Portsmouth Cathedral, UK

Tel: 07881 025592

Parish website:  stfaith.com 

Personal website:  tomkennar.com