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Fr Roberts Page
Hello everyone, I am Fr Robert Lane and I have the pleasuree of being the current incumbent in the Parish of Borden.
This page will be used to share the articles I write for the Parish Magazine and highlight anything important that has happened in the parish. I will also post sermons and useful articles.
December Magazine Article
Today is the 20th December 2017 and very soon this year will seem like a dim and distant memory but before it fades away completely there are a few things to look back on since the last magazine. Firstly our Annual Christmas Fayre was a huge success with many people offering their time to set up the hall, prepare lunch, clear away and work behind stalls on the day. There were so many positive comments from people on how there was such a wonderful atmosphere and christmassy feeling. Leading up to Christmas everyone has been very busy; our Carols by Candlelight was a little different this year with community sung carols and readings; a huge thank you to the choir and readers that all helped to make it such a success. It was wonderfully received by over 160 people across the 2 nights but already I am wondering what to do next year… We went carol singing at Hengist Field, and had a great afternoon singing and spending some quality time with the residents there. On the Wednesday before Christmas we had Borden Pre-school and our Church School coming in for their end of term Christingle services which also had a great reception from the children, parents and teachers.
Looking forward we have our parish Christingle coming up on Christmas Eve and then Midnight Mass, finally Mass of Christmas Day will bring the season to a close for this year. I hope and pray these services all go well and that everyone that has come along anytime over the festive period has enjoyed our first Christmas together.
All in all (hopefully) it was a wonderful season of celebrations for the birth of Our Saviour, so i would like to offer a huge thank you to each and every individual that played any part in making it such a success. For me one of the joys of being a priest is being able to share such occasions amongst friends.
Now 2018 is beckoning us to step in and there is so much more that we have to look forward too sharing with one another. Firstly we will have a new editor for the Parish Magazine as Val picks up the reigns from Phil, thank you Phil for doing a great job and thank you Val for stepping in for us. We will be looking for a new treasurer as David has stepped down from the role after 15 years of service to the church and we extend our thanks for all he has done for Ss Peter and Paul during his tenure as treasurer. Our new website will be launched shortly, just as soon as we have ironed our little problem with the domain name then before we know it it will be Lent, which begins very early this year. Blimey I am tired already and need holiday. Talking of which, I am having the inside of the week after New Year for my post Christmas break then will be away for 2 Sundays in January as we go to Fuerteventura for some well needed rest and relaxation.
In the meantime Epiphany is nearly here and once again we will be asked what gift we are able to bring to God to help our parish to support those that already work tirelessly to keep everything running is smoothly and efficiently. I will have to have a think about that.
To end I would like to say again THANK YOU to all the church-wardens, servers, flower arrangers, tea makers, choir, gardeners, cleaners, vergers, bell ringers, sacristan, brass polishers, worshippers, PCC members and friends with whom we have shared 2017 and we look forward to many more wonderful occasions ahead during the years to come.
With grateful thanks and every blessing for the year ahead.
Licensing Service 5th September 2017
On Tuesday 5th September a brand new chapter in the worshipping life of Ss Peter and Paul began as Fr Robert Lane was licensed and installed as the new priest in charge. The church was full with parishioners from Borden plus those from St Francis in Petts Wood, where Fr Robert served for 7 years before moving to Borden. There were also members of the local deanery and members of Fr Roberts family. A wonderful, joyful event followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.