Dear FrienKarends and Neighbours,

After three years in ministry with you all, it is time to say my goodbyes. As I have said previously my wish would have been to continue in this role for a little while longer but this was not to be. I have had a really enjoyable farewell dinner with many of the congregation and I am gradually coming to terms with the fact that I will soon be retired, with my last Sunday working in the parish on October 28th. I do hope that many of you will be able to join me for tea and cakes in St Giles church on Sunday afternoon on the 28th from 3-4:30. My last service will be a short user friendly service with well known hymns at 4:30 for those wishing to stay.

I have truly valued walking alongside so many of you at different, but equally important, times of your lives. I trust that most of the things I have said and done have been helpful, but I do ask your forgiveness for those things which may have been less helpful? My three short years here have passed very quickly for me and I am now wondering what my future life will be like. I hope to stay living in this Diocese, but exactly where is not completely clear as yet.

There are times in life’s journeying when paths part and people you know change places and/or disappear. Life doesn’t always go according to our plans, but let’s trust God for whatever may be ahead of us. I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers as I hope you will hold me in yours. Thank you for all the kind words that have been said to me as I say my goodbyes. I’m not sure I really deserve them all; but I thank you for them.

May God Bless us all now and always,