From the Vicarage
Early into 2020 the Covid19 pandemic took hold and as a country we were asked to stay at home. The broadcast of Church services, Bible and study groups on-line, and video reflections and messages, became the new ‘norm”. “ZOOM” and “TEAMS” meetings replaced face-to-face gatherings. During the pandemic we have found new ways of worshiping and being together. With robust risk assessments in place, we have worked hard to worship and pray together and to care for one another in our community. As the restrictions are gradually easing, I am pleased to see our full pattern of worship, prayer, and outreach to our schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and the wider community, returning across the Benefice.
Now, after nearly seven years as vicar of our four churches, I am to retire. My last service will be in in Tavistock Parish Church on Sunday, 17th October 2021 at 9.45 am. I extend an invitation to everyone to this service and hope it will be possible for you to come, and for me to say farewell to you in person. It has been a real privilege to be your vicar and to be part of the church in Tavistock, Gulworthy and Brent Tor. There are too many of you to name in person, but you know the invaluable part you take in making our Benefice the very special place it is, and how much I appreciate all that you do day-by-day. I have been fortunate to get to know faithful Christians in our parishes and to work with excellent colleagues, both ordained and lay. Together we have built a large and active ministry team across our four churches. I thank you all, each and every one of you, for your support, and I pray for discernment and wisdom as the process to select the next Vicar begins.
With my love, prayers, and God’s Blessing
Christopher Hardwick, Vicar