God calls each one of us in a unique way, doesn’t he?
And sometimes he calls us in unexpected ways to uncomfortable places.
Over the last years and months, I have felt blessed to be called to be in these parishes and have come to love our churches – but more importantly the people in them. Both Geoff and I have come to love this part of the world and these communities. We feel at home here, and have never been happier.
Increasingly, though, I have become aware that God is calling me to be alongside the people in our communities who might never darken the door of a church, but in whose lives God is most certainly at work. In my time in our pubs and among our school parents, etc I have learned how much of God’s work we in the Church miss!
I am aware, too, that the importance of this work is sometimes difficult for people in our churches to understand.
I believe that God is saying, therefore, that it’s time for me to leave Stourdene, and to step outside, and see what God has in store for me next!
It is important that you know how much I love our churches and our villages here, and that it has been a very difficult decision to make.
The timing of this is not accidental – I will be leaving at Christmas, and Ali will still be here for a year before she moves on – you will have two clergy to see you through the interregnum.
I am deeply grateful to my colleagues John and Ali, who have been very supportive and understanding through all of this.
There is a great deal to be done in the next 5 months, so I would ask that we all work together to make sure that our parishes are in the best possible position to meet the challenges ahead.
With my love to you all,