Members of the White Horse team Ministry churches were privileged to witness the Ordination of Team curate, Revd Melanie Otto, in a beautiful service held in Salisbury cathedral.
Under the magnificent display of handmade doves, Michael Pendry’s installation – ‘Les Colombes’ – the seats were filled with family and supporters of the 12 curates being ordained.
A service filled with many moving moments that will stay in memories for a long time.
The weekend of Ordination continued on Sunday 1st July, in Westbury.
Newly Ordained priest, Revd Melanie Otto, presided over her first service of Holy Communion. The preacher was Revd Paul Burden, one of Melanie’s tutors from Sarum College.
The whole service was inspiring in content, mission and joy.
Team rector, Revd Rhona Floate, presented Melanie with a gift, a collection from the congregations of all the churches in the team.
Also a special, and impressive, cake, made by Sharon Jones, was very well received! Sharon not only decorated the cake with the images from Melanie’s stole but also modelled Melanie in icing! Complete with hairclip!!
The new inner glass porch
A wonderful team service was held in Holy Trinity Church, Dilton Marsh on Sunday 27th May, which culminated in a blessing for and celebration of, the completion of the inner glass porch, that was first discussed 20 years ago!
Revd Caroline Husband, team vicar, presided, Revd Rhona Floate, priest in charge, gave the sermon and porch blessing and Revd Melanie Otto, White Horse Team curate, was the conduit of ‘The Nice Girls’, as Melanie said. “forget the Spice girls today you have the nice Girls!” She duly elected herself as ‘Baby nice’ as she is the curate!
The service was followed by celebratory drinks and cakes of course!
Jocelyn Short, one of the PCC members when the idea of making the church more welcoming was first muted over 20 years ago was thrilled to be part of the celebrations.
Jocelyn and Sue Stanley also researched the design for the doors to take back to the 2017 PCC to choose their favourite, after the ideas had been modified, added to and created professionally by graphic designer, Ruth James.
Jocelyn later commented – “Wonderful to see the welcoming glass doors in place at last!!”
In blessing the works completion, Revd Rhona, thanked all those involved, over the years, in particular Chris Hill, for project managing and the PCC. Parochial Church Council
The design of the doors was based on the architecture of the building.
(You will see from the first picture) The straight lines for the columns and the zig zag to coordinate with the bricks over the door.
Completed with the Holy Trinity logo, as can be seen on the notice board, in the middle.
The colour of the doormat was chosen to make it suitable for all. Special consideration was given to those with Alzheimer’s disease who see things differently. A dark or black colour would appear to be a hole to someone with Alzheimer’s.
Finally, for those of you who missed it, Revd Rhona was interviewed by BBC Wiltshire, at 7.20am on the day! Plus making an appearance in the 9am news!!
Check it out on BBC iPlayer! #bbcwiltshire Jonathan Fido show at 1hr22 minutes in.
Please enjoy the images below from the day.
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