So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

As some of you may know, I am leaving for a new post. I have been appointed as the vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Borough Green, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

I would like to take this opportunity to say, thank you. It has been a great joy and privilege walking alongside you in your faith journey. This was not a part of the country Lorraine or I knew before we arrived, and we found a wonderful welcome and generous hearts. Over the ten and half years we have been here, we have made many friends, and sadly lost some too, there have been some great successes and some things that didn’t go to plan, but through it all I have seen God at work.

My last service in these parishes will be Sunday 30th April at 11:15 in St Edith’s Grimoldby. After the service there is a bring and share lunch at the Grimoldby and Manby village hall. Everyone is welcome to join us.

I will be licensed at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday 24th May, at 7pm, by the Bishop of Rochester. It is a long way down to Kent, but if anyone does want to come to that service it would be great to see you there.

Before all that we will be celebrating Easter. This is the season when we think of endings and new beginnings. The cross brought an end to the old order, an end to slavery to sin, and the resurrection brought a new creation, new life in Christ. So as we reflect on the cross and the empty tomb, we remember that God can make flowers grow in the desert, water flow from the rock, turn death into life. So, changing us and our future is a relatively small task for the almighty.

Have a blessed Easter.