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A view from the Pew...

As a couple of comics used to say: "It's goodbye from me and its goodbye from him".

Not Over Long was started in 2013 to fill a void left when Malcolm left us and naturally ceased to edit the church magazine. I have had the privilege of writing the letter for Not Over Long since its creation firstly as "A Churchwardens View" and then as I stepped down from office as "A View from the Pew".

Originally, when we were in a period of vacancy, the aim of my letters was to keep the congregations of both churches informed about progress being made with the appointment of a new minister but also to encourage everyone to keep up their efforts in the Lord's work during our period without constant spiritual guidance.

When Julie joined us she was more than happy for me to continue my spiritual musings, to continue to offer encouragement and guidance through the written word. I must say that the comments and encouragement I have received from so many of you over the four years has given me heart to continue to keep on writing.

Of course mutual encouragement is an important part of our Christian Life and the early Christians were greatly encouraged by the writings of the apostles and gave them equal encouragement by their support of finance and prayer. In the first chapter of Romans Paul wrote, "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong, that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith".

I cannot claim to have the same faith or the same insight that was present in Paul, but I do hope that at least some of the things I have written over the last four years has been of some help to some of you. Your support and encouragement, along with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has persuaded me to keep going.

If I am given the privilege of writing occasionally for whatever replaces Not Over Long, perhaps under a different "nom de plume", then I will do my best to impart something of value.

Meanwhile it is "Goodbye from me" but hopefully not "Goodbye from Him".

Arthur Savage
May 2017


The last view from the Vicarage...

In the words of Victor Meldrew "I don't believe it", this is the last time I will write an editorial piece for the Not Over Long! For the last 4 years this newsletter has helped you to keep in touch with the churches in Over and Longstanton but like all good things it has come to an end! Now that the team is 5 churches and there is lots of things happening around the whole team it just doesn't work to have a newsletter that only covers 2 of them!

But in the words of Blackadder "we have a cunning plan!" We are now considering how we do a newsletter to cover all the churches and very soon our new website will be up and running and so all the information will be on there too!

I want to thank a few people for all their hard work over the 4 years. And as Craig Revel Horwood would say ­ you have all been Fab­U­lous!

I am sure you will all join me in saying a huge thank you to Alice who diligently edits and prints the newsletter every month and chases those of us who need to put content into it. We all want to thank you for everything you have done to make sure we get this newsletter out every month!

I want to thank Arthur who started the editorial piece and has shared it with me since I have been here - it has been great to read your musings and I am sure that many have been encouraged by your words. Thanks too, to Lynda for her musings in her time with us too.

Thanks go to all those who have populated the newsletter with advertisements and information which has helped us all to keep abreast of events in Over and Longstanton.

And of course thank you to all of you for taking the time to read the newsletter - we wouldn't have been able to do it without you!

In Arthur's last View from the Pew he uses a well-known comedic sign off phrase and so not to be outdone it thought I would use another comedian to sign off my last piece too! Dave Allen always finished his shows by saying "May your God go with you" and I know that God will be with us in all we do so please keep an eye out for what comes next!!

Blessings Julie

Revd Julie Anderson

May 2017